Smuggs, Jay, Stowe, Sugarbush
While conditions in Northern Vermont were far from ideal this past week, seven straight days with temperatures ranging from the low 50's to the high seventies made for some good riding nonetheless. I spent Saturday through Monday boarding at Smugglers' Notch. Saturday was the coldest day I was there, temps were in the low forties throughout the early morning hours making for fairly good cover. Smuggs had probably 40 percent of the trails open with a few smaller park features and a nice small to mid-size jump line. Conditions deteriorated as temps rose into the high fifties in the early afternoon. Daytime temps were well into the seventies on Tuesday and Wednesday. Huge bare spots opened up throughout the days with only maybe 4 or five top to bottom runs remaining open. So on Tuesday I decided to head up to Jay Peak. Another day in the high seventies. Although conditions at Jay were much better than at Smuggs, by the time the lifts closed at 4 they lost a lot of cover. Some French-Canadians in the tram line recommended Stowe. So I picked up a two-day lift ticket for a staggering $174. Stowe, by far, had the most snow and the best conditions. They also had a kick-ass high speed quad that had me doing multiple laps per hour. A nice twenty footer in the park off of the 'Standard' trail had me pulling magazine cover quality heal-side grabs on my Westmark. Day two at Stowe, more of the same, this time on my DH. Friday was a travel day but I decided to hit up Sugarbush for a half-day or so of riding. I boarded from 9-2:30 on their 2 trails ("five segments") at a discounted rate of $59 (normally $83). Needless to say the two trails got choppier with each run, by noon both consisted of huge moguls with rocky bare spots in the valleys. There was however a small roller that allowed for a risky highspeed pop over a twenty foot bare spot with an equally sketchy landing on snow. Overall as shitty as the conditions were, with such mild temperatures I was just glad to get in seven straight days of riding.
Last edited by outlyr; 03-25-2012 at 08:46 PM.