|Best view on the mountain. Pat's Peak.|
|The Lodge at Pat's Peak.|
I had some major doubt's about our trip Wednesday to Pat's Peak, I decided I couldn't delay and we headed down. The season is already looking like its going to be a short one due to the rainstorm that has been the entirety of the month of January here in New England. We were expecting a fairly icy mess due to a major storm moving through just 24 hours earlier, but when we pulled in around 9, it was blue-bird skys and much to our surprise a nice top coating of packed powder/loose granular. With temps pushing 50 at the summit, outerwear was totally unnecessary. As much as I love skiing in just a long sleeve shirt, this is just un-natural for January.
|January 15th? Seems like a good day to ride in a t-shirt.|
|View off of one of the old triples.|
|Mandatory summit shot! Pat's Peak.|
|One of three entrances to the Turbulence park, with an S-box behind it.|
|Another shot of the same S-box.|
|Curved box near the top of the park.|
|View from near the bottom of the park, crew working on a new jump for the line.|
|Rails near the bottom of the main park.|
|Last rail in the Turbulence park, side entry.|
This weekend is going to be an interesting one for my tour, and boy is it going to be exciting. If anyone reading doesn't know, the Newschoolers staff crew is rolling into Loon Mountain this weekend (1/18/14-1/19/14) to judge the 'Knockout' Event Loon is hosting on Sunday the 19th. Saturday however they are doing a meet and greet/park session all day and into the night where we can meet up and hang out. I'll be there Saturday bright and early to meet the staff and anyone else will be hanging around. Here are the relevant links for anyone interested.
Newschoolers at Loon Mtn
Forum thread on Newschoolers about the event
Info about the Comp
Now this means I won't be doing a mountain Sunday, as I have to go in to cover for me skipping out of my instructors shift on Saturday to go to the event. Also, if any of you have gone through my backlog of mountains I have done, you'll notice I did Loon already, super early season style already. This means I might need to bump another mountain off the list due to time constraints on the season, but considering the event, I feel that risk is worth it. We will cross that bridge when we come to it. This gives me a chance to give Loon's killer parks some much better coverage than I gave them back in mid-November.
I hope to meet many of you at the event, can't wait! Have some random parting shots from Pats Peak! See you at Loon Newschoolers!