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EXCELLENT SPRING CONDITIONS AT MT. SNOW
By Paul Maraschiello
In the morning I headed south to Mt. Snow. I had skied there a few years ago and I was looking forward to revisiting this southern Vermont resort. It was raining as I drove south. As I neared the mountain, the rain stopped. When I got there, it was overcast. The crowds had all disappeared and the mountain was quiet. I rode up the Grand Summit Express and chatted with two pretty young women from New York City. When I got off the chair, I sped down Exhibition. It was in nice shape. The rain that morning had softened up the snow and it was just like skiing in the spring time. Even though the crowds had worn the cover a little thin in spots, you could see that they had made a lot of snow for the Christmas holiday. I took another run right under the chair and then popped into the restaurant on the top of the mountain and sample toe hot chocolate and inspect the mens room. After a brief rest, I put on my skis and I checked out Upper Lodge and Sapbucket I rode the Summit Local chair and checked out he Snowboard Park. I went in for lunch and went back to the Sundance chair. I skied over to Carinthia Mt. And checked out the trails there. I even took Deer Run, a novice trail just to see how the snow was holding up. I went over to the North Face and skied there to sample the conditions. Everyplace I skied, the conditions were the same . . . excellent spring conditions!
I rode up every chair that runs up the face of the mountain and skied down every open trail. It was true that there were a few bare spot, but they were easy to ski around. The rain in the morning had scared the crowds away and the skiing was great. You could get on the chairs as fast as you could ski to them.
After skiing, I had a look around. I went into the ski shop and spotted a guided demo room. They had the hottest Volkl, Rossi and other shaped skis you could ever want. They would let you demo the skis and provide you with a guide. I struck up a friendship with the ski instructor that ran the program and may go back and do a story about it. I do Iike to demo skis.
After leaving the ski area, I headed south o Rt. 100 into the town of Wilmington The first time I had skied Mt. Snow, I had stayed at a historic old hotel in town. It was a beautiful old building with a quaint bar and some really colorful fellows providing the local scenery. I chanced to run into the owner and asked if it was still as in expensive to stay there. I told him that the last time I stayed there it was only $35.00 per night. He told me "Heck, sometimes I don't charge anything to stay here. Especially if you bring a group. Rates are NEGOTIABLE." I guess if you bring a "group" you can get a room (or bed) for free. I'll have to check that out some day.
It was incredible. I had been skiing for almost two weeks over the holidays and had experienced every kind of ski conditions from bitter cold (-27 chill factor) at Smuggler's Notch to excellent spring conditions at Mt. Snow.