Mother Nature delivers a Wednesday powder day! Great turns at Stowe, Vermont.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 06:15 PM

Powder day at Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont! On the Lower National trail.
The end of the Chin Clip trail, with gondola and Midway Lodge in view.
A ski instructor creates a cloud of powder on Hayride.
Yummy snow.
A pretty scene on Duck Walk.
Telemark turns on Switchback.
Fun in the snowy woods.

Oh how we love skiing in powder! We skied in 5 to 6 inches of fresh snow at Stowe Mountain Resort today. It didn't want to let up; it snowed the entire time we were skiing. (Resorts around Vermont were reporting between 3 and 7 inches of new snow.)

Today's medium-weight snow is just what we needed to help cover up older hard-packed and crusted snow. The powder offered great turns on the trails and in the glades.

Among our favorite trails today was Hayride. It had been groomed before much of the snow fell so it was a pretty smooth powder run. Fun! Earlier we had skied National and discovered there were icy bumps under the tempting powder. Not so smooth.

We had a blast exploring trails (such as Sunrise, Standard, Duck Walk) and glades (such as Sunrise Glades, Chapel Glades) around the Mountain Triple area. It was less traveled and there were wonderful powder turns to be had. We even stumbled upon the Mountain Chapel.

We also checked out a variety of wooded areas on Mt. Mansfield, including tree skiing off of the Hayride and Chin Clip trails. It was snowy and fun (except for the occasional open stream bed)!

We heard lots of hooting and hollering today. Thanks Mother Nature! An extra bonus: We really didn't deal with any lift lines on the Fourrunner Quad, Gondola or Mountain Triple. Gotta love midweek skiing!

After skiing we ate a late lunch at Piecasso pizzeria on the Mountain Road in Stowe. They have a lunchtime slice special that is a good value, and their thin-crust pizza is delish.

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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