First freshies!

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 09:36 PM

There's snow in Vermont. How scrumptious!

This just in: I earned my first turns of the season today!

There were about 12 inches of fluffy powder to sample on the CCC road on the western slopes of Mt. Mansfield. That dirt road is accessed via the Underhill State Park access road in Underhill, Vermont.

The trees were laden with snow — some of the lightest powder we every get here in the East, really — and the sky was mostly blue. What more could you ask for on the first ski run of the year?

My husband (the Skimeister) and I put on our waxable backcountry "rock skis" and started climbing up the road from the bottom parking lot. Although it was cold out, I soon started unzipping my layers and pit-zips on my coat during our one-hour climb up the road.

We weren't the only ones out; some folks and their dogs zipped by us during their descent, one woman yelling, "It's a lot colder on the way down!" I was glad I had packed my neck warmer for the descent. It was one of those days when you wanted to smile a lot, but it was too darn cold on the teeth!

I had my Karhu backcountry boots on (pictured). They are Converts and they are a "three-pin" boot. There are actually three small pins in my binding that I line up with the very front of my boots. I like them except they were hurting my little toe on the right foot. I'm such a tenderfoot at the start of the season!

So how was my first descent? A bit rough, but fun just the same. I always wonder if I'm going to remember how to turn during the first moments of my first run, but somehow it comes back to me. Muscle memory is a very good thing, indeed.

Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Ski gear

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