Okay, so this Spring Break was broken up into two parts. Some big hills for my oldest daughter and some small hills for the youngest. The way things worked out with the 2-for-1s days at Wildcat and Cannon were at the beginning of our trip, it wasn’t necessarily planned that way, but the fact that we delayed our vacation with the snowstorm back home made it so.
The advantage for Morgane (oldest) on this day was that Black was a short drive from North Conway. Morgane tends to get motion sickness in the car. Another advantage for the parents was that our daughters’ fighting, arguing and complanning in the car wouldn’t last so long.
This Friday offered another sunny day. Black is roughly 1100′ and south facing. Temps were pretty warm. Snow on the menu was corn and soft variety. 8)
Morgane had her free passport ticket, Tara at 5 skis for free plus the passport included one 2-for-1 for us. Total cost: $29 and worth every penny.
Two lifts were open. The beginner platter and the double chair. I started skiing with Tara on the platter. This was the first no rope/handle tow surface lift for Tara. This was hard work for the Dad considering the fact that we were ridding together. Tara would have the platter between her legs and I would hold on to her and the platter. My wife and Morgane rode once or twice with us then went off to the chair. After a few more times, I decided that my back wasn’t going to survived riding the platter this way all day.
Notice that they wasn’t any beginner run at the top of the double, I decided to give it a try with Tara anyway. Worst case scenario, I would carry her down the steepest part. However I didn’t know that they was a midstation. This was perfect. We did the narrow and twisting greens like Sugarbush, Black Beauty and Sweet Dream. Tara even when into the Rabbit run blue glade (okay, it was pretty easy). The surface was nice and soft, but not too heavy and soft. Just perfect.
After tagging up with my wife, Morgane and I skied Black’s harder terrain. We enjoyed going laps on this 1100′ hill. Skied under the lift on Upper Galloping Goose and the fun Carter Notch Glade. There was some route finding sometimes. At one point we entered Mr.Rew (another double diamond) at the bottom only to find that the steep pitch didn’t have any snow on it, so we ended up taking off our skis and hoped down and skied across the woods back to the main trails.
Definitely worth a detour on this trip. Love the feel of this place. 8)
Morgane getting ready to ski the top Liftline (sorry, I don’t recall the nsmr of the trail). You can see the midstation lower down.
Heading toward the midstation and view of upper liftline. I didn’t know there was a midstation, I was pleasantly surprised when I rode the chair with Tara and saw it. No more poma with Tara for today. Top are black runs only, anyway too difficult for Tara to ski by herself.
Spring snow in the glades on upper mountain. Morgane liked this trail and the whole family enjoyed the Spring skiing on this south facing hill.
Tara and Caroline on the double prior to the midstation. View of Cranmore in the background (think so).
Heading toward the midstation and last stop for them.
Picture of Mt. Washington from the top of Black Mtn.
Datalog of this fun day. Started off on the poma with Tara then I discovered the midstation with her. Top runs were with Morgane.
Originally posted on Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:24 pm on firsttracksonline