Working long hours and six-day weeks until May left me little time to take a break and get away.
MSSI announced that it was shutting down our local Edelweiss for the season after this weekend, so I could have ski there on my “one day” weekend. The idea of spending an entire day skiing at that hill after 27 days wasn’t too appealing.
Proof is that on the previous Sunday, we had a Family ski day at Mont Chilly planned. but the Sunday morning logistics wasn’t going to make it happen.
Was it going to be easier this weekend? Steepmomo is still sidelined with her knee injury and the rest of the family barely skied after it shot down a planned March break in Vermont. The decision wasn’t going to be easy, getting the family out and early plus leaving one girl behind made last week logistics seem like a walk in the park.
Regardless of the logistics, the decision was easy. The problem was maybe going to be at the implementation stage. So the decision was that we were choosing Loco instead of Local.
Loco Rio – Esquialo si puedes
Got up at 4am with a planned departure at 5am. Steepmomo had a sleepover at a friend’s house. Managed to get everything and everyone in the car and leave at 5:45. Driving time from our house to the parking lot at MRG minus gas and pit stop break was a fast 4 hour flat. I realized that I forgot my camera, at least I didn’t forget the passports this time. 😮
The first Saturday of April happened to be Shareholder Day and I haven’t missed that day (rain, snow or shine) since becoming a shareholder of the Mad River Glen Coop over 12 years. The only exception would have been when my mom’s suddenly passed away last year 3 days prior or due to a one day strike in France where our flight back in North America was delayed by one day. Some people would say it’s because I’m cheap and can’t pass a deal, especially when it’s related to skiing. Maybe. Did I mentioned that shareholders ski free on Shareholder day, one more reason to become part of the MRG Coop. 😀 It’s was also the second time made it down this year, the other was, you guess it, Roll-Back-the-Clock Day in late January. That also means that I had a ton of Mad Money in my pockets to spend, normally I’ve already spent all my APR. Not a problem, Mad Money is a recognized currency for lift tickets, the cafeteria, the Mad River General Store, the General Stark’s Pub and any other services at the Mad River.
I got to the ticket booth to buy a ticket for my wife and found out that Spring rate are in effect at $39, every Day for the rest of the season. Tara has a free season pass for 12 and under. The free pass is an advantage for kids of season pass, Mad card holders and shareholders. I guess I’ll find other ways to spend before the end of the day (not that the season is over, but due to work obligations, I’m not assured of coming back before the season is over).
As I walked with the gear towards the Basebox I heard Riverc0il, a fellow blogger and shareholder, call me. He was in the coral for the single. Mad River Glen had just received a 4-6 inches of new snow.
When we were ready and at the start of the queue, River had just finished his run. We chatted and he mentioned that it was still pretty cold and wintery on top. The top of General Stark mountain was in the clouds. Our first run was down Antelope into Chipmunk. Tara loves this trail and the moguls in the narrow twists of trail.
Winter snow conditions and powder on the edges. Packed powder for the most part. We saw River cut in front of us from woods to the left only to move around to the woods on the right. Tara wanted to repeat that run again.
As we skied pass the midstation, I told Tara and my wife that we had already skied the height of Edelweiss. We switch up the bottom part of our descent. Skied up on the Double and found some loose powder on one of the seldom skied blues. I overheard someone in the liftline saying this was the best 4 inches day EVER. All agreed. Coverage was stealer for this time of year.
As we stopped for lunch, Spring time party atmosphere, sun was bright and people we eating outside with music blasting, people is the coral with smiles on their face. That’s what it’s all about. Great times.
We steeped back out and started eating. After a few minutes, we were in an intense snow squall. A bizarre day as it kept changing. After lunch we raided the store so much that I over spent my Mad Money. Got a T-Shirt for Steepmomo that wasn’t with us. 😦 I’m sure she going to appreciate the souvenir.
It was fairly warm at the bottom, People were skiing off Tower 5 and Birdcage cliffs on the first weekend of April. Wow!!! We returned to Sunnyside double and snow was corny. We also got to hot the moguls on Canyon. Weird mixed of texture all over the mountain. From winter loose powder, mashed potatoes snow changing powder texture to normal natural snow corn. At one point, Tara needed a break and my wife did a solo run. While we were waiting for my wife to get back, Tara and I had a mitt/snowball fight. Lift were running until 4:30, so I managed on last after the family called it quits. Heading up for Fall-Line-Creamery where the base and bumps was pretty firm, but definitely some good snow if you were willing to seek it out. The bottom was a zigzagged across the bottom.
A fun day…happy I was back. And the season isn’t over.
I was just in time after my run to head upstairs for the Annual Shareholder’s Meeting. The base of the mountain and the pub was lively. We finally left Mad River at 7pm and took the long way home via Montgomery Center next to Jay to pickup something at a store (damn, US only shipping on Ebay), but it was closed. So an extra hour in our long drive to Ottawa, oh well. That only means I have to pass via Montgomery Center in the next few weeks. Got back home at 1am, 7 hours before I needed to show up at work a Sunday morning. Downtown Ottawa on a Sunday mornings is so quiet.
See, I’m not so cheap…I got a share and donated money for the single, our whole family did, even the girls.
MRG Coop info
Here is Riverc0il take on yesterday skiing and he took pictures too:
Mad River Glen: All Options on the Table
Eric’s video snow report from the next day:
Video recap to close off this TR.
Uploaded by madriverglenvermont on Mar 31, 2011
Mad River Glen, 2011
Camera & Edit: Brent Harrewyn
Soundtrack: Cuckoos Nest, Nickel Creek