This week the GTNS went hard, hitting three mountains in three days,and sleeping in the car in true ski-bum fashion. The first stop in the trip, Mad River Glen.
Once at the top, I began to understand the 'No Snowboarders' rule. To get anywhere from the summit lift, you have to go up. Its not a lot of elevation gain, but I can definitely see how having a herd of snowboarders around the summit could start to clog things up a little bit. Would it be bad enough to ban them from the mountain? I don't know. Anyway I took my summit picture, and figured I would start with the 'Antelope' trail.
|This is NOT a glade, still fun though.|
After having navigated 'The Long Trail' as they referred to it, I could see the trail at the bottom. Part of me was a little sad that I was already through. All I had to do though was navigate another 50 yards and I would have made it through unscathed. Unfortunately I picked a bad line out and popped a ski, resulting in a somersault into some deep powder, alarmingly close to a tree. I was fine, but still, falling in front of the locals and ruining my clean run through the hardest trail on the east coast was not what I wanted. After managing to get my skis back on and finishing out the run, we headed down. At the base I took a lunch break, and decided it would probably be better for my health if I did not continue riding with them. They hooked me up with a load of stickers (including one of the Wu-Tang logo, with 'for the children' written through it, my favorite) and headed off to I assume throw themselves off the biggest cliffs on the mountain with a reckless disregard for safety.
I spent the rest of the day cruising around the mountain. I made sure to take another run into the lower half of 'Paradise' just to ski through where I fell so I knew I could do it. I went in with some Tele skiers and had a great time watching them struggle their way through the extreme terrain. It must have been hell on them.
With the lifts spun down, I headed to Burlington, having never been. I checked out downtown before deciding to have dinner at the Vermont Pub and Brewery. They make a damn fine burger, and some good beer there. With nothing left to do for the night, I headed to Bolton, who said they did not care if I slept in my car there. I settled in and rested up for the next stop on my trip.
Keep an eye out for part 2 of my trip, coming soon to a Newschoolers.com near you!