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Vermont resort tour 3/12/06

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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 3:51 PM GMT
Edited: Mar 14, 2006 - 4:05 PM GMT

The wife and I took our first weekend trip, together, without the 3 teenagers(they have the ASC All41 pass), in over a year. Our place in Waitsfield was rented so we stayed in Burlington. Nice hotel, two great dinners, the Majestic, lots of partying with old friends...great weekend!.

She wanted to do all those boring things like walk the waterfront, the Flynn, shopping at Church St..you know. I wanted to party with old friends and check out how the conditions were at the area ski hills. We did walk the waterfront but basically went for my itinerary...what a great wife I have!

Didn't bring our skis, wish we had as the Bush had very nice spring conditions with alot of terrain with decent cover. As most know by now, due to the warmup and that R thing the trails without snowmaking are hurting while at some of the resorts the snowmaking trails were at the least surviving.

Whaleback on Fri had some people there and about half the trails had ok cover while the rest were not skiable. The upper trails that face east looked to have the best cover.

On Sat. Stopped by Cochrans. Almost devoid of any snow. Assume closed for the season.

The Bush was a madhouse. Lots of trails with good cover and a nice day.
Not sure if I have seen so many cars. Interestingly, the base area and starter lifts were not all that crowded. Spring Fling WAS busy with a mogal and slalom race taking place. Mt Ellen looked to have very good cover. Everyone I spoke to said the sking was good.

MRG was just as busy being a nice day and the Telmark festival going on. As you might expect the bare spots were showing their ugly heads. Hope they can hold on for a few weeks.

Sun. Stopped by Bolton Sunday morning. They had alot of terrain with alot of bare spots but it was somewhat busy as the Vermont Special Olympics were going on. Despite some rain and wet conditions I saw alot of smiles.

Basically, we need some snow from the clouds as only a few resorts will have the financial motivation to make more snow going forward.

Here are some pics.



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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 5:20 PM GMT

WOW- NICE PICS-i had never seen Bolton,,,,and that pic of Mt Ellen is just AWESOME- 2600 feet in your face

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Posted: Mar 15, 2006 - 1:24 AM GMT

Glad you had fun! It was a nice weekend to be out exploring.

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