Winter made another appearance on Saturday! The higher elevations in northern Vermont got around a foot of snow. So you can bet your ski boots we got out to play in it on Sunday.
I don't know if you've been following the highs and lows on the chart that shows the snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield. It's like following the stock market — sometimes bringing elation and other times not so much. You'll see that we had about 57 inches of snow up there on March 5th. Then we had a big meltdown that dropped the total to 41. Well at the top of the mountain there is once again 57 inches of snow.
The base of snow on natural snow trails, glades and woods took a big hit last week. You can tell the snow melted out around trees, and sunny spots lost a ton of snow and exposed rocks, streams and more. In lower elevations the snowpack is not deep.
This storm definitely lets us keep skiing longer into the spring — especially at higher elevations and at the ski resorts with their snowmaking and grooming. We heard that the thaw and freeze also made for avalanche conditions in steep backcountry terrain around Mt. Mansfield and Smugglers' Notch. Fresh, light snow can slide on top of a frozen layer.
Check out our photos from today in northern Vermont! Did you get out on the snow this weekend???