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Early Feb Okemo and Mt. Snow

Posted by forlogos on February 14, 2007

Got to hit the slopes again this month. Winter has finally arrived!! Well, as wintery as East Coast, Global Warming will get!

Went back to Okemo on Feb 4th. It was originally supposed to be a Feb 3rd trip to Windham, but me and AG missed the bus by a few minutes. Another lady was there and missed the bus too. We took a cab and tried to catch the same bus in Manhattan, but we just didn’t make it. When we got home, we immediately reserved spots for the Okemo bus trip. We were lucky that they still had seats for that. AG saw that lady in Okemo the day after.

By the way, I like going to mountains through Emilio’s Ski Shop. They book day trips to nearby mountains and to Lower Vermont. Very convenient, affordable and easy. I’ve been taking trips with them for about 3 years now. Love ’em!!

So anyway, we went to Okemo. It was a nice clear day. No fresh powder or anything, but they made snow. None of the double diamonds were open, nor were any of the glades…well, one glade, but it was all very hard-pack with some grass and rocks scattered within…it was still a fun day. Here’s some pix:

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My board and bindings while on a lift

The week after (this weekend), right before my midterms, we went to Mount Snow. My first time there and I was disappointed. Not because of the mountain though. It was a nice size and would’ve been better with some fresh pow (like any East Coast mountain would), but the real problem was how the management designed the place.

First of all, the racetrack was horribly designed. I don’t mind if a resort closes several trails so that they can have races – I don’t mind at all. The thing though was that the race track cut the mountain in half. You could take lifts up the one side of the mountain that you were on, all the way as high as the lifts could take you, but there would be no way to get across to the other areas of the mountain. The 1st half of the morning was spent just trying to get to the other side of the mountain. It turns out that there’s a small crossing near the lodge and 1st lift that you can use to get over, but it’s not clearly indicated in the map. There was also too many closed trails. This is more a function of the nasty winter we’re having than anything else, so it’s not their fault. But the Lift lines being horrible is their fault! Most of the lifts start near the lodges. Long, long lift lines. You wait in line much longer than you actually spend riding. They need to have more lifts (fast ones) and more mid-mountain lifts (or a bigger mountain).

Anyway, here’s a pic of AG’s board after we took a break for lunch. We parked her board on a fence that was directly underneath the edge of the lodge’s roof, so the snow that was melting off the roof fell on her board…anyway, take a look:

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