Earning turns and surfing the new snow in northern Vermont

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 06:04 PM

Some northern Vermont peaks picked up several inches of snow over the last couple of days. While in the valleys we saw a mix of precipitation, the snow piled up in high places such as Stowe, Bolton, Smugglers' Notch, Burke Mountain and Jay Peak.

Today we climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found rivers and streams were mostly filled in again. The base of snow is very deep. The fresh snow on top was like skiing on a dense bowl-full of sugar. The snow had some heft to it and we found that we could do parallel turns and “surf” on the top few inches. It was a little challenging, but very fun!

We ended up bushwacking a bit when we went exploring, but it was all good. There are plenty of lines to try in the backcountry! You climb as high as you want and then you choose your own way down the hill.

We rewarded ourselves with a visit to the Stone Corral brewery in Richmond, Vermont. Located near the Round Church, they have a rather wide variety of tasty beer and good chicken wings and soup! 

Oh, and here's an update on the snow at the stake on top of Mt. Mansfield as of Friday: 97 inches.

Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

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