Vermont's highest peak is snowy

Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 05:48 PM

Snowy view of Mt. Mansfield's western slopes

Today I donned my longjohns, grabbed my ski hat and gloves and headed not for the mountains, but for the lake. My husband, friends Pete and Nicole, and I jumped into a J24 sailboat for a race today on Malletts Bay, one of the major bays on Lake Champlain.

November's race series is often called the frostbite series, and today I found out why. In temps in the 40s on the water, I nearly froze my feet and fingers off because of the wind and waves; it was blowing strong at about 15-20 mph. I also nearly tumbled into the lake chasing after my favorite ski hat. Thank God for lifelines on the edges of the boat!

Yet in between tacks I had time to look off to the east to see the western profile of Mt. Mansfield and let me tell you it was white and spectacular! It looked much like this shot, below. What a gorgeous view of Vermont's highest peak.

On the drive home I could see the snow on the ski slopes at Bolton Valley and on the snowy hump of Camel's Hump. Thawing out at home, I stumbled upon an e-mail from Stowe Mountain Resort in my inbox.

"It’s been snowing on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Upper elevations at Stowe Mountain Resort have received 6-10 inches of natural snow this week."

Whether it's wind or snow, bring it on, Mother Nature. We're ready!

Filed in: Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Sailing

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