Nothing is Easy!!!
My daughter Morgane decided to pass after Easter weekend’s Spring skiing mix in the Townships. She said the skiing was going to be to sloppy like last Sunday at Orford. I said not with the freezing temps and it was probably like the surfaces we experienced the previous day at Owl’s Head. She said…even worst.
Leaving Ottawa after a hard mentally exhausting week.
Driving over 4 hours.
Simply getting out of bed.
Crossing the border in time of budget cuts.
Although I had a 400 km drive, I wasn’t too much of a hurry to get early. A hard freeze and possibly of light snow was in the forecast. Finally manage to leave Ottawa at 7:50am; temperature was still -7c in town.
Today’s was the Annual Shareholder Day at the MRG Coop and I was scheduled to meet TheSnowway’s own Riverc0il.
Everything today was a question of looking at direction and angles. Nothing was Easy. Conditions were fast and you had to find the soft stuff. I had a choice between good edge versus skis that can take some damages between I left that morning. I choose the skis that didn’t make anything easy. This sign at the top of Sunnyside said it all…
“Spring” Conditions … in that you may want to spring over bare spots, rocks + ice flows…
Groomers are Fast!
Free Massage on Ungroomed ! Please Pay Attention …
Lifts Close @ 4:30
Thin Cover on Canyon + Slalom Hill
Thanks for Skiing Mad River Today
Caution : Thin Cover
Some Walking required or Jumpin’ in Spots
Meet up with Riverc0il in the Basebox and got changed quick to hope on the closer lift, Lift 1, the single chair. First thing I noticed was someone passing over the grass to jump the Tower 2 cliff and land on the hard snow. He was followed by a leg amputee who did the same thing. WOW!!! Although it was lunch time, Antelope was frozen hard and difficult to get a clear edge when your skis aren’t tuned. Lower Antelope and Lynx was closed, but we did have them in mind. It was … Bunny.
The name of angle and sun. Lower angle or facing the right direction made a huge difference. Some of the nicest corn bumps on the mountain were on Upper Quacky which I always overlooked the steepest north facing stuff. We could see the sun shinning on those bumps from the single. We could hear those edges on ice and light dusting of snow on Chute from the chair. After 2 double and one single, it was passed 1:30pm and needed to eat. River joined me.
A top Stark, we finally managed to get some real nice corn late in the afternoon (it was 2pm) on Upper Upper Upper Antelope pitch prior to the first corner, then it was real hard again.
A few ski across grass where involved at the top of Slalom Hill and Catamount Bowl. No one had skied Slalom Hill when we got there. Bumped were frozen hard due to the lack of traffic, everyone was skiing behind us. There was nice soft ungroomed cream cheese snow in and below Birdland. Riverc0il called it a day after 3 other runs and I return for a last 3 1/2 runs. One on the Sunnyside, the three others to the top of Stark. Catamount Bowl through the side entrance which was a bit sketchy, then off the top. The snow and bumps on the crest above the melted out crux was among the finest on the mountain. Lower bumps weren’t sun barked, thus not really as sweet. Instead of heading all the down, I decided at the last moment to upload at the mid-station for possibly one last run at Mad River Glen for me this session. Back for an easier turn on Antelope, but the little soft stuff had frozen again passed 4pm.
Spring Skiing was delayed on Saturday, Mad River was supposed to call it a season, but they too might delay their season for one more weekend. At 5pm, people were still hanging around the Basebox and the Pub. Earlier in the afternoon a band was playing outside and you could hear the music all the way up to Tower 10. Kids were sledding dangerously fast down Practice Slope while parents drank and mingled. Some were heading upstairs for the Annual meeting. A mixed season for the Mad River Glen Coop where December was awesome with record days, January sucked with the mountain shutdown for 3 out of 4 weeks and a great March compared to last year’s (hic).
Here is some retro music to go with the vibe and theme of the day…
Jethro Tull at Isle of Wight Festival 1970 : Nothing is Easy
And some reggae!!!
Mad River Glen April 4th, 2013 “Week in Review” Video.
No soft snow two days later.