|The summit was veiled in clouds most of the day|
It was a good thing that it had pretty much stopped snowing early, because the hour drive it should have taken took almost two, and as I neared the mountain, I started worrying. It seemed that the snow was decreasing the nearer I got! I have never been to Crotched Mountain before, and I was surprised to see their lodge as I pulled into the parking lot. Most mountains have very traditional looking lodges, even if the lodge is brand new, Crotched bucks that tradition and went with a big warehouse style lodge with very little personality. It seems like a warehouse for skiing.
After getting my ticket, I strapped on my new powder skis, Elan Chainsaws from last year, and by far the fattest pair I have ever ridden. I jumped on the new high speed quad and headed up. I was super stoked to find out that almost every single trail was open, including the glades! The weather up top was pretty brutal, with grime ice forming on my goggles before I had even started heading down the mountain, by the end of my second run, I had to ditch the goggles, as ice was forming on them faster than I could clear it.
|Summit of Crotched - 12/16/13|
|Summit of Crotched, New pow skis ready to go - 12/16/13|
|Final Frontier Glade & Comet Drop, The snow doesn't look that deep |
but I found plenty of places that were knee deep.
|The second half of Darkstar, much nicer than the first.|
|Core-shot! =( These were brand new before today. Time for the PTEX.|
|Lunch time in the warehouse that is Crotched's lodge.|
|An un-named Newschooler rocking the NS co-lab jacket.|
|Another anonymous skier hitting the fat box.|