|Sometimes it is hard to believe you are going skiing.|
|A little air underneath the Aerial Tramway.|
What is it about spring skiing? For easterners, at least, I think it is the combination of being released from the death grip of winter with the fact that we can still ski. Conditions are very forgiving. Mellow, even. Everyone is relaxed, you can drink a beer on the deck afterwards, the people watching is highly entertaining and for some reason, many skiers feel compelled to wear funny hats, shorts and even t-shirts on a day that really requires a jacket and helmet. People that ski once a year come out of the woodwork with ancient equipment. Tailgate parties develop at the base of the lift and elsewhere. Lawn chairs appear in the parking lot. Everyone is having a great day. Half the people on the hill are probably impaired, one way or another (except for Sunday morning, when half the people on the hill are probably hung over). Very often, skiers will put up with pretty marginal conditions to enjoy this sacred rite. Not this time. Jay Peak delivered, with full coverage, no closed trails and amazing conditions. We skied places you don't often get to ski in early April: Green Beret; Valhalla; Powerline; Northwest Passage; Andre's Paradise and and more. On Friday, conditions were even a bit "wintry" and we found patches of powder in the woods.
|Pudd enjoys fresh tracks, in the woods, in April.|
Nice it was. So long Jay Peak, see you next season.
|More air on Green Beret.|
|Pudd sticks a Jonny Jay Jet Turn in Valhalla.|
|You have to like the first chair feeling...|
|The Lord of Powder revels with the minions looking on through the window.|
|Conditions are perfect on NWP.|
|Let the spring celebrations begin!|
|Rock on buddy: Olin Mark IVs, Burt bindings, safety straps, Lange XRs and awesome toque.|
|A very appropriate spring-skiingmobile.|
|Pudd bids adieu to Jay Peak for another season.|