(I apologize for this taking so long to get out, between finishing up the edit my friend made, and my life getting a little busy I haven't had much time to work on my writing. This was meant to go out before the season ended and I just did not have the time to get around to it.)
Now you will have to forgive me on this one, as I am clearly completely incapable of being subjective here. I ski here at least 3 days a week. I know every trail, bump, side cut and stash like the back of my hand. Its where most of my friends and family ski most frequently, as most are season pass holders. On a snowed in pow day, I can always make it to the mountain no matter the conditions, as it is only 10 minutes from my house. Everyone has their favorite, and despite the fact that she isn't the tallest, or steepest, this is mine.
This article is not based on any individual visit, if that matters to you, but on my time here as a whole. Again, sorry if this sounds like an advertisement for the mountain, its hard not to when its where you grew up skiing.
As far as the parks are concerned, I think ours is one of the best ones among the smaller mountains. We had a new park manager this year as well, and he did a hell of a job. Our main park resides on 'Blundersmoke' and has a lift essentially dedicated to it. We also have a small progression park on 'Sidearm' with some low boxes and small jumps in it. The main park usually consists of 3 main lanes and probably somewhere near 30 features. I think there is a pretty damn good progression from never having done park to very difficult features as well. No need to look far for something that is within your skill level. I pretty much spend all the time I am not instructing lapping the park, working on my (meager) park skills.
A Slow day at Work
I am occasionally lucky enough to run into the mountains social media guy, who is always more than happy to take some photos. I spent a few runs with him getting pow shots on a particularly deep day. Here are some shots he took after we got dumped on last month. 30 inches of powder in under a week is pretty damn good for the east coast.
For those of you who might be interested, I kept some seriously obssive statistics of the season, so for those of you wondering what it took for me to do this little tour around New England, here are some numbers.
-84 Days on the slopes
-4921 Miles driven in the pursuit of snow
-578 Dollars worth of lift tickets (with 1500 dollars worth of savings thanks to being an instructor, so If you are looking to save some cash, become an instructor!)
-5 out of 6 New England states skied (Sorry RI, your one mountain closed before I could get there)
-4 Nights spent sleeping in my car, because hotels are for chumps (and rich folk)
I am sure someone will ask, now that I am done, what my favorite mountains were. I will break it into two categories. Top 3 favorites overall, and top 3 favorite mountains based on Terrain parks (excluding my home mountain, Gunstock).
Overall Favorites -
1. Jay Peak
3. Mad River Glen
Park Favorites -
1. Mount Snow/Carinthia
(with a shout out to Nashoba Valley for having a killer park for such a small place!)
Finally, I have some pictures of some of the stuff I collected over the winter.
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This is not the end of my writing for Newschoolers, but it is the final post of the Grand Tour of New England Skiing. Once again, thank you everyone!
Keep on Shredding NS.