What a difference a week makes

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 09:15 PM

Last week we were in the midst of a freak spring snowstorm, while the last few days have been warm — almost too warm as we hit around 80 degrees. Things are looking very green in northern Vermont. And purple and pink and yellow and white, depending on what tree or bush is in the vicinity. Even the mountains which looked frosty white last week are now taking on their springlike appearance.Lilacs are blooming in Vermont

Yet, a look at the official snow stake on the top of Mt. Mansfield illustrates that there is still a lot of snow in the upper-most portions of Vermont's highest peak. Here's a link to the chart. People were having lots of fun hiking for turns there last week.

Jay Peak ski area entertained skiers and riders for the last day of the season on Sunday. That brought to an end the lift-served skiing in Vermont for the season.

Over the last few days while wearing shorts and sandals and working on the yard, I have reluctantly given in to spring. I have even washed a bunch of my ski clothing. Sigh.

But there's always Arapahoe Basin in Colorado in June... That could be really fun.

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Jay Peak, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

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