Despite the paradoxical pass grabbing and torture sesh, last winter was a decent snow year at Wachusett. A particular moment which stands out in my mind continues to reassure me that the North East is a place worthy of my time. While riding H lift over the last roller (whick also made a good hip) I was fortunate enough to watch a fellow shredder pull back off the lip into a Backflip 720. I could read the bottom of his skis as they appeared to stop for a moment while the unknown skier tilted his head up to spot for landing. All in all, seamless.
About mid-winter, we experienced a nice cold spell and 6-8 inches of snowfall leading up to a great powder day. There was already a base of up to 20 inches and trails carved through the forest. The conditions were prime enabling me to depress my tails into rich Powder. I had the most fun on the mountain on the untouched snow. Experiencing this quality ten minutes from my home/school is quite frankly dirty.
Now, let's go back to the paradox. While traversing the edge of the forest with two fellow shredders, I found myself cruising down a fairly steep slope, I mean, I was cooking through easily spaced trees with great turning power, and all of a sudden the trails on the left and right converged, propagating a dense brush growth in a cone fashion. I turned right quiickly and found myself sitting on my tails,riding out a doggy door sized tunnel ion the branches slightly out of control. Don't worry, I was feveriishly watching uphill while this occured and I was well prepared to stop at any moment.
I shot out of the mini-trail like Pierce's dunked ball in November 5th's Celtic's game. Coming to a stop power-sliding backside uphill a few feet from the edge of the woods. I started down the trail to meet up with my buddies and found them handing their passes to a park ranger. He made us repeat the montra "there are no glades on Wachusett" which beggs the question; why?
The answer which was given to me by a bearded man in the Herseys Hut is there are no glades on Mt. Wachusett because it is a State Forest Reserve meaning; the low growth forest in between the trails is required to be protected by the Forest Rangers.
My next question for him was why then is there a commercial ski slope on the mountain in the first place?
All contemplation aside Having to watch a 90's ski slope safety video for 45 minutes was lame. Thus, don't get caught riding through the woods.
Anyways, this thread is about getting accurate forcasts to you real time.
Feel free to contribute, but I'll be on the slopes.
Yes, I'm willing to do that for you.
Keep shredding the gnar.