For example, today, the Jay Peak web site is reporting this: "Home of the most snow in the east? I think so, over five feet of snow has fallen since mid-November and with the 5-7" we picked up over the past 24 hours, it's now very close to six feet." If I am not mistaken, this is what is known as "magical thinking." I'm not going to deny the snowfall amounts, as there have been well-documented accounts of huge powder dumps in Vermont recently. Unfortunately , the part missing from the equation is that not all that snow is still on the ground. Some of it melted in early November. A lot of it got washed away in the big rain event last week. I can only assume that most of the snow that was falling as I drove to Jay on Monday got blown away into hard-to-reach (read: closed) parts of the mountain. As usual, and to give the Jay snow reporter his due, it was snowing pretty heavily as I left the hill yesterday.
In spite of all that, we still managed to have fun and get some nice runs in. Conditions were fast and carvy (is that a word?). And also as usual, even with a brief two-day visit, there is much to report. Here are a few pictures to set the scene and you'll just have to wait for the detailed report coming later. I have to admit, it was too cold for taking pictures on the lift or most places on the hill.
|It was a cold morning at SBR HQ to start the trip|
|From our extensive fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles, I chose the Snowbaru.|
|Some people start their drive in the city, I start in the moose-infested hinterland.|
|Jonny Jay hiking across the tundra to protect his new bases|
|The Prophet Brothers take a break. It would have been a good day for those RC4s.|
|Someone else's tracks on the River Quai. Typical of closed runs: snow on the edge, grass/rocks in the middle.|
|It is 2:42, -12 C, time to hit the 242 - I'm done.|
|Snazzy recycled tables in the Locker Room lend themselves well to spreading out.|
|It was a little blustery on Wednesday, even the Jet was on wind delay.|
|I should have taken the scenic route home...|