From the 801 (Utah) , I flew to the 802 (Vermont) .  Ski gear in hand and hoping to hit it lucky for a big dump I arrived in Burlington to find out that there was a massive noreaster destroying the mid atlantic. The weather report was showing nothing but sun, how could there be a noreaster and we wouldnt even get clouds? My first day skiing i spent at Smuggs. It was vermont day, 1/2 price ticket. Smuggs brings back alot of memories having skied there for about 8 years. The snow was  good,  the weather was great. Skied the day with my sister Ashley and her boyfriend Andy.

The top of Madonna Lift
Ash and Andy from Mt. Madonna

My second day of skiing I drove up to Jay, Vermont to ski ‘Big Jay’ having never been to the spot I skined up on the access road and up to a spot where the skin track went up to the ridge. At this point I was lost until I caught up to a few friendly Canadiens. They showed me a few super soft and fun lines and some thick bushwacking back to the cars.

Skinning through VT forest
Jay Peak

I spent 3 days at Stowe thanks to pete (sweeturns) on ns. He hooked me up with a 3 day ticket he won for a great price. First day there they had picked up a few inches the night before. I ended up skiing great powder in the trees around the resort. Also took a few runs on ‘GOAT’ and i have to say was really impressed by that run. Off fall line ice to soft bumps it was all a blast, especially to ski non stop. That afternoon I decided to head up to the top of Vermont, Mount Mansfield which is easily accessable from the top of the gondola. It was wild to be up in the alpine zone. I skied off the top down the briefly exposed and rocky long trail north. I scurried over to hellbrook which was tough with the stumpy trees all exposed. The skiing in hellbrook was good, there was a wind slab on the top part but the sheltered areas were great.

Mt. Mansfield from Cambridge
Classic Vermont
2 hikers in the "alpine zone" Mt. Mansfield, VT
A rainbow from air born ice
Summit of Mansfield, skied down the ridge from the summit.
Hellbrook hadn't seen much traffic (me)
Long way down to Smugglers Notch
Hellbrook is the obvious gash left of center

My last day at stowe was decent. Maybe the highlight of the trip I decided to hike up to the nose for sunset. It was bitter cold and windy. I am thankful for my puffy coat because I would not have made it to sunset with out one.

The Nose on Mt. Mansfield
Looking south down the 'green mountains'
Tough livin for the alpine zones trees
Sunset

I also got to climb and ski camels hump. My buddie Matt took a day off engineering things to climb and SLED the mountain. We took the Monroe trail which put us to the summit in 3.5 miles seemingly friendly pitch for a mad river rocket. The summit was freezing fog and the windchill was WELL below zero. Quite the contrast from the woods approaching the peak which was calm and warm. We saw a few other people out all were jealous of our abilty to fly down the mountain with minimal effort.

Frigid summit of Camels Hump
Matt mountain sledding
TREE

Fun trip.


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