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Friday’s fluffy snow makes for a fun weekend

Posted Sunday, February 27, 2022
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing
Skier in a cross-country ski track moving along in woods
Nordic ski tracks next to trees in the bright sun
Snowy, icy river with water that looks greenish

We loved seeing the snow fall all day on Friday! I’d take breaks from work to peek outside and grin.

That night while shoveling, I discovered how light the snow was. Utah light. It wasn't what we needed to help with the base of snow, I worried. But it had piled up and it was pretty!

Saturday morning we took a cross-country ski tour in the fresh snow here in northern Vermont. In places where the snow had been packed, it had gone from about 10 fluffy inches to two inches of packed snow. But we also skied through the powder on the sides of low-angled (not steep) trails and had a blast floating along in the super-light snow. Our ski tour also included bright sun and a blue sky. A gorgeous day!

Even though it wasn’t a heavy, sticky snow, it helped the ski conditions at Vermont ski areas, where they worked it into their groomed trails. Resorts were still warning skiers about tackling the natural snow and ungroomed terrain, calling it “variable conditions.” Due to last week’s warm-up and freeze-up, there can be ice, rocks and dirt under that light powder.

With the yo-yo weather, we're still having a “low tide” in the woods. At the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield, on Sunday afternoon, the snow depth read 48 inches. That's 20 inches below average.

Sunday brought some more welcome snow squalls. Let's keep the snow and cold weather coming!

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