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Wondering what 9 - 12 inches of Vermont powder looks like? I'll show you!

Climbing, and climbing, toward Bryant Cabin.

The Cabin.

Heading up toward Birch Loop.

Skiers coming up the start of Birch Loop.

Then heading up Heavenly Highway.

A very pale-blue and white scene. Awesome.

Surprise! I'll be breaking trail!

I earned some turns today, and I picked a winner of a day to do so!

Up on Bolton Valley's backcountry trail network, I romped in 9 inches to a foot of fresh, light powder during an early-lunchtime ski tour. It was so gorgeous up there! (Just look at these photos!)

While climbing Bryant Trail, I surmised that only two skiers had gone before me this morning (I could tell from the pole holes). And they had skins on because they didn't have to herringbone where I did in my waxless skis! I also noted that the water bars were still going to be a challenge to anyone descending Bryant Trail (I never do—too straight).

Near the start of Birch Loop I was adding another layer and taking photos of the fluffiness around me when three other skiers caught up. They were going to be the first to head up Heavenly Highway. I kept going on Birch Loop, enjoying the fluffy powder and, for a few minutes, a semi-blue sky.

Then I hit a junction, and I saw the morning skiers had skied off toward the Bolton-Trapp Trail; it was my turn to break trail on Birch Loop. ("You're welcome" to anyone who followed later in the day!)

It made for rather slow touring and descents, but I would crack up laughing when I occasionally stopped in my tracks as the powder piled up to my knee caps. It was so quiet up there; I stopped a few times just to listen.

Coming down Gardiner's Lane was fun as I made some of my best telemark turns ever on my exceedingly straight backcountry skis. It gives you so much more confidence when there's a soft, untracked blanket of snow to turn in!

At about the time I was noting that I hadn't fallen in the deep snow — you can guess it — I wiped out at the bottom of the very last downhill! It was that damn stream bed/ditch at the bottom of the Tele Practice Slope where it meets the groomed World Cup trail! Ah well, at least it was a very soft landing.

It was an awesome day to be out on skis today in much of Vermont! Tomorrow will be great, too.

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