Powder, but oh so cold!

I awoke at 4 am with a searing cramp in my right calf!! After hopping round the room for a few minutes, I checked outside expecting snow – there was nothing! 2 hours later my alarm went off and this time I looked out to see a couple of inches of fresh!

I had hoped to get to Mount Snow for first tracks, but the roads were a complete mess, took me nearly 90 minutes. The scenery was fantastic though, picture postcard scenes a plenty.

Despite near blizzard conditions, visibility was still fairly good. It was seriously cold though. Initial slope conditions consisted of dust on crust, but after a few hours, some good powder could be found. The snow was bucketing down!

The South bowl tree line had some seriously good powder, hardly anyone seemed to be hitting it! I must have done that same run a dozen times today!

I experimented with my bindings – reduced my extreme duck foot angles and moved the back foot nearer to the center. It helped with board balance and I was able to pressure the board edge better on toe side turns.

Total snow accumulation was 5 inches, no where near as more coastal areas such as NYC and Boston, which received nearly 2 feet!

Mount snow is a great local hill, a days boarding costs $69, which equates to roughly £40! Very good value when you think that only gets you a few hours boarding at one of the UK snowdomes! Having covered most runs at Mount Snow, the plan is to head further north next weekend. Many people have recommended Okemo Resort, which is bigger, has quiet slopes, good snow and more challenging terrain.

Think my body needs a week to recover! Pushed it real hard this weekend. Shock to the system or what!

Heading home, one last look at Mount Snow.
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