Posted: Mar 14, 2010 - 6:20 AM GMT
Edited: Mar 14, 2010 - 2:05 PM GMT
Big Rock - Mars Hill, ME
with 980 vertical and 27 trails and 28 wind turbines along the ridge is 25 minutes south of Presque Isle.
The turbines, which are 1.5 megawatt, 260 foot high to the hub, with 230 foot diameter rotors, were mostly stationary on this beautiful blue bird day. I think they took advantage of this sunny day to rotate the hub assemblies around to melt the ice off the props and generators. You don't want to be under these with ice falling from up to 38 stories. It would release with a crack and a booming sound if it hit a lower portion of a blade on the way down.
The snow was excellent as they had picked up 7" in the previous week. The views were excellent. Canada on one side of the mountain and Mt Katahdin, which is 70 miles distant, on the other. There was hardly anyone there even though it was school vacation week. Although we did see Mikey (his name & school is on his jacket) who we saw at Quoggy the day before. I guess a number of kids could have been at the state finals at Lonesome Pine?
We started out on Comet under the lift, a wide groomer headed right down the fall line. We skied this several times. To skier's right is a network of inerconnecting trails including some glades which may or may not be sanctioned trails.
Waterfall trail had great coverage and good steepness. It is a third of the way down the mountain and a little hard to find across a traverse which contributed to keeping it less skied off.
The black diamond trails Chair Lift Trail (and there is no chair on it, at least not now) and Ho Chi Minh are on skier's left. There is little lengthy up hill traverse to get into these. This tended to keep the few people that were there off those trails. Plus alot of boarders don't like to traverse, well at least the one I was with doesn't like it. Both these trails were ungroomed and Ho Chi is a classic twisty trail. I'm curious as I don't know how the trail was named, perhaps the shape reminded someone of his profile? I never heard that he was a skier. See pictures 7 & 8 for a look at those trails.
We yo-yo'd up & down as there was never more that one group in line ahead of us. THe majority of people there at noon headed to the tubing park.
Some hotels in Presque Isle have great ski & stay packages. We paid $130, received two $30 lift tickets, $20 in food coupons and accomodations at the Hampton for 3.
All in all a fun day on the slopes.
Saving Our Ski Areas - I'm Skiing New England - or the New England Ski Area Project