Does suck, but you can usually expect sketchy condition in Dec, even early to mid January unless it stays cold and a few good dumps happen.
Hey, it was still Stowe, and we still got plenty of top to bottom runs in on Saturday. Saturday was really pretty good, just flat light, really dreary, and the mountain got totally socked in with clouds. It was just Sunday that was solid ice.
It was great either way. It was the first time I've ridden since foot surgery in November 2010 for a torn metatarsal tendon and a chipped ankle bone. I sat out all last winter...but considering how terrible last winter was, I didn't miss much. My friends loved me for my handicapped parking pass! It just felt great to be back out on the mountain again! And not it PAIN!