This is a photo of my friend Carey Kish and me at the top of Chair 23 at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. The wind was howling at about 80 MPH. The white specks in the photo are actually ice crystals flying sideways.
Carey Kish and Peter Hines at the Top of Chair 23 at Mammoth
At the end of the run our faces, and especially or lips, had been peppered by the ice.
I just finished up three days of packed powder skiing at Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec, Canada. Cold weather is forecast through the weekend and with the snow on the slopes and the excellent grooming look for continued great skiing and riding.
We had a great time skiing the steeps La S, La Super S and Le Crete. OUTSTANDING. These are major leg burners.
There will be plenty of corduroy to take advantage of in the blues and greens. There are groomers all over the place for skiers and riders of all abilities.
Based in my rough and not statistically based sample it appears that there are fewer snowboarders in Canada, at least at Mount St. Anne in Quebec. It appears that there are about 25-30 percent fewer than I am used to in the Northeastern United States.
The second thing I noticed is what I call the Canadian Style. Canadians by in large ski much more like racers than those in the Northeastern US resorts. They carve their turns much more, getting lower which each turn and getting “on edge”. See this video:
Nice people though. Don’t let the language barrier, or the perceived language barrier, intimidate you.
The AcroBag is a large inflatable bag of air that skiers and riders can jump into and enjoy a soft landing. At Willard Mountain, in Upstate New York, the Arcobag provider a great experience for skiers, riders and tubers to catch some air.
Nick Goepper X Games Ski Slopestyle Gold Medalist performs at Mt Snow VT today, by jumping well over a Red Bull truck. Nick won his medal in Aspen in January. He showed his stuff before a group of journalists at Ski Vermont’s Annual Media Day.
Mounds of new man-made were being laid down at Gore yesterday as two friends and myself bundled up and experienced the best day of our season. The very cold temperatures have allowed bases to build and new terrain to open. If you don’t mind skiing amidst the guns, (we don’t)
, great conditions can prevail. Dress warm, layer up and have fun. The next few weeks could be the best of the season throughout the Northeast.