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"Spring" skiing on the cusp of the new year!

Posted Saturday, January 1, 2011
— Smugglers' Notch, Alpine / downhill skiing

Spring skiing on New Year's Eve? Yup.

We were starting our countdown for the new year, but we were also doing some "spring skiing" at Smugglers' Notch.

After a dark morning with a few rain sprinkles, the weather started shaping up nicely as the day moved on. By late morning we were enjoying sunshine and spring-like temperatures. The warm weather made for soft bumps, soft and smooth groomed runs, and mashed potato-like snow on the sides of the trail and in the trees.

I caught up with a few friends and we enjoyed runs on FIS, Lower Doc Dempsey's, Bermuda Glades, Father Bob's, Treasure Run, and Harveys. We had to pick our way around bare spots on the trails that did not have snowmaking.

What a difference from earlier this week, when we had chilly temperatures and fresh, light snow. Today you could hear the streams flowing and watch the snow drip off the tree branches. The warm weather was delightful to ski in. Luckily this warm spell is not expected to last too long. We still have a lot of skiing to do!

Happy Ski Year to all!

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