Decided to head down to the Snow Bowl to get an afternoon of skiing in with hopes of finding good snow and no crowds. We found both! Pulled into the parking lot around 12:15. There were maybe 100 cars there. Suited up and head up the Worth Mountain Chair. Headed over to the triple via Meredith. Great snow. 3-4 inches of fresh, light powder on top of packed powder. Took a few runs on Youngsman which was much more of the same-in fact, there were still spots where you could grab a few fresh tracks. The "steep" part of Youngsman was beginning to bump up nicely. Good place to practice!
After Youngsman, we headed over to Proctor, then Ross, and then decided to tackle Allen. Upper Allen was actually pretty good-a little icy, but very edgeable (Allen is pretty exposed to the elements and can get pretty icy). Finshed the day off on the Sheehan Chair, taking runs down Hadley, Cameron, and Lang.
Overall, a great day with great conditions and no crowds. The 3-4 inches of new snow was a great help-the natural snow trails had few if any rocks/grass exposed. Crowds, as mentioned before were non-existant. Maybe every 5th chair had a person on it. Will definatly head out to the Snow Bowl again this season.
For you lift nuts, you'd love the Worth Mtn. Chair. Go check it out!
Forgot to mention some info in my original TR....price is very reasonable. $28 for half day on weekends/holidays. I think it's $35 for a full day. The Snow Bowl is fairly small-good verticle, but only 15 or so trails. Terrain for the most part is fairly gentle. Great narrow, "New England Style" trails. Ross and Allen seemed to be the only "true" blacks. Youngsman has one good steep section, but the rest of it is fairly flat. Lots of flat spots here and there, especially at the top of the Worth Mtn. Chair.
SkiJay, glad you had fun at Crotched. I hope to get down there to check it out this season. If you decide to make the trip up to Midd, let me know and maybe we could meet up with you for a few turns.
Hey...unfortutnately I'll be at work. Friday's are actually my "busy" day of the week. You guys will have fun though. If you're sticking around Middlebury afterwards, be sure to have dinner at American Flatbread. You can get your Otter Creek there.....
Posted: Feb 02, 2005 - 9:34 PM GMT
Edited: Feb 02, 2005 - 9:36 PM GMT
If you plan on a full day of skiing, I'd go to Bolton. It's bigger, has good tree skiing/backcountry, and good variety of terrain, although notheing overly difficult. The Snow Bowl is a lot smaller and is great for a couple hours of skiing-can get boring after that IMO. They don't want you in the woods at the Bowl and are strict about it (just ask Orangegondola!) if that matters to you at all.
If you're going to be in Midd on Thursday night, scratch my American Flatbread suggestion-it's only open Friday and Saturday nights. Try Fire & Ice, Mr. Ups or Two Brothers Tavern instead. Have fun.