Sugar on snow

Nope, not talking maple syrup. I’m referring to the conditions at Sugarloaf.

I know, I know, you’ve put away your skis in favor of clubs and rackets, garden tools and seed catalogs. Trust me: It’s worth getting the boards out of the closet.

It might be snowless where you are, but up here, there’s still snow on the trails and in the trees. Yes, it’s getting a bit thin at the base, but the upper three-quarters of the peak are mighty fine. Forecast through Friday calls for cold temps at night (20s) with warm ones during the day (50s). Now that’s a recipe for perfect spring skiing.

Today was sweet. Cold (yes, cold) at the summit. I’m thinking the ice on Gauge Ext. won’t melt for a long time. Best skiing was mid mountain: Skidway (Groomed!), Sluice, Gondy, Comp, Spillway—all were more winterish than spring. Firm but definitely edgeable. Below Spillway, surface was sugar.

Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses.

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