This morning I had the opportunity to enjoy a sunny ski morning at Jay Peak Resort.
When I got out of my car, the wind whipped through the parking lot and I decided it would be prudent to throw on an extra layer. This layer would come in handy on the Green Mountain Flyer, which always seems to be blasted with wind at the top.
But by the time I hit the entrance to the glades, I had been warmed up by playing in soft powder on the sides of the trails. Then, there were some very nice powder turns to be found in the trees. I was more than toasty by the time I hit the lift for the next run!
It has been snowing quite a few nights this week and spots that catch wind or a lot of skier traffic were scrubbed down to the hardpacked base. But all you had to do was look to the sides of the trails and to the glades to make some wonderful turns. And the sunshine and blue skies didn't hurt either!
I hadn't been at Jay since they built the new slopeside hotel. It was an attractive building just below the Flyer quad. I saw there was a ground-level restaurant and a cafe. The benefit for skiers? The transformation of this area, including a large brick patio, also appears to allow for a much nicer queue for the tram.
I lamented the fact that I only had time to ski Jay for the morning, but that gives me more reason to return soon enough to find more powder among the trees.