We headed over to Stratton Mountain in Vermont on March 9, 2016 to take in some spring skiing. It was a great day.
Despite temperatures into the lower 60s the snow held up and the conditions were good. Too many skiers and riders stayed away and missed out. The lack of activity made for a surface that was not too churned up making it gripable and not too heavy.
Even though this season had been warmer that normal there have still been some cold days so I was looking forward to higher temperatures. Gone were the layers of clothing that kept me warm throughout the season. It was a pleasure to be able to move without my bulky parka and mittens. A light shell and a thin pair of gloves worked best. I was able to open to the vents on my helmet for the first time.
We started out in the Sunbowl which lived up to its name. After a few runs we headed over to the “main mountain”. A couple a runs on the Ursa Express banging on the bear, runs, Polar, Grizzly, Black and down.
It was cold in Vermont as recently as three days before and the base was still firm. Only the top two inches had softened up and which made for good skiing and riding.
By the end of the day a few “brown spots” began to emerge but patrollers were out marking them. Upper Standard was in good shape with its top to bottom run. The bumps were gone from Upper and Lower Liftline which allowed for good coverage and fun sliding along.
Rain is forecast for the end of the week so it unknown so it is best to check conditions before heading out. Check out www.stratton.com for the latest conditions.