Fun spring skiing on Thursday in northern Vermont

Friday, April 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Spring skiing at Bolton Valley ski resort, Vermont
A family enjoys corn snow at Vermont's Bolton Valley
Still good coverage on ski trails for April!
View to Waterbury Reservoir from fire tower
Spring conditions on top of Cobrass

I think I mentioned before that I'm spoiled rotten. Well yesterday the Skimeister and I made the most of a blue sky afternoon by skiing from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bolton Valley. We knew the weather was looking rough today so we moved around our work schedule to accommodate the sun! (It's now raining/snowing in Burlington, Vt., but it is supposed to be all snow over 2,000 feet.)

The spring skiing was quite good. The snow had turned into soft corn snow in most places. We really set our edges in the snow to make large carving turns under the Wilderness chair when no one else was around. As I chased him down the slope on our last run, it became clear that the Skimeister's snowboard has a tighter turning radius than my Völkls. I'm a bit jealous that he could really carve it up!

There were a few bare patches showing that were burned up by the sun, but not many considering we're in April! Spillway, the steep run that crosses under the top of the Vista quad, had a bulletproof layer of snow and just a little soft stuff to push around. They made a lot of snow on this trail this year.

On our last ride up the quad, I suggested we climb up the fire tower at the top of the Vista quad. We've never done it before and wow, what a great 360-degree view! We could see over to the Presidentials in New Hampshire, to Mt. Mansfield, Waterbury Reservoir and the Worcester Range, to Camel's Hump and Sugarbush, and the length of Lake Champlain! I recommend this very short hike. Just go absolutely straight off the chair.

While sitting on the sunny deck after the lifts closed, we learned that Sunday will be closing day for Bolton Valley. Saturday they have a pond skimming contest. They were creating the "pool" while we skied.

There's so much snow up in the mountains here in northern Vermont that we're sure to keep skiing elsewhere!

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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