Mother Nature is now into her familiar spring thaw - freeze - thaw cycle. Spring skiing means you now do not want to be the first on the lift in the morning. It's often best to wait for the sun and/or warmer temperatures to soften up the snow surface. Otherwise you will experience “noisy” skiing!
Last Wednesday morning we made noisy turns during a pre-work ski tour. The morning sunlight and warm temps made it worth it though.
But on Friday, I was lucky enough to flex some work time and ski at Stowe Mountain Resort. The mountain had received a couple inches of new snow 24 hours before. The sun came out for the morning and few layers were needed as I skied on a nice snow surface. It was a great day for spring skiing! I saw quite a few costumed skiers: cows, bears and several colorful tutus. Local kids were celebrating their final Friday ski day.
Since then we had a very warm Saturday followed by a cold night and day. We won't have to wait long for the next warm up for more spring skiing.
There's still a lot of snow in the mountains. Enjoy it while you can!
Warning: This is the time of year when some ski areas close midweek. In fact some smaller ski areas are closing altogether. Be sure to check the snow reports of your favorite Vermont ski resorts before you make plans.