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Today was one of our final cross-country skis of the season. Boo-hoo.

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2016
— Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

The sap is running at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center in Stowe, Vermont.

It was a very, very warm spring day today.

Sugar Road was iced over.

They had piled up manmade snow on a course for a marathon ski race this weekend.

Good snow on the very short stretch of piled-up manmade snow in the Practice Meadow.

With rain and warm weather moving in, the cross-country ski centers in northern Vermont are not likely to last much longer. So today we went out and got what we could get at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center before it was gone.

It's been a rough season for Nordic pursuits. The Nordic centers that had snowmaking capabilities put it to good use. The higher elevation centers fared better than others.

Trapps has made a bunch of snow recently and they put it in piles on a loop of trails that will host a marathon ski race this weekend. We couldn't ski on those trails due to the piles.

Sugar Road was mostly ice with occasional short stretches of softening snow. We decided that descending from the cabin area would be treacherous, so we did not ski up beyond Picnic Knoll. We sat there for a while and enjoyed the summerlike breeze and sunshine. The best snow was the manmade snow that they had piled onto the Practice Meadow area. It had a nice track.

We ended our ski and then headed out for lunch in Stowe — always a treat.

We're looking forward to downhill skiing in spring conditions this weekend!

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