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A blog about (snow)Boarding and Business school

weather’s back – Belleayre

Posted by forlogos on February 22, 2008

The weekend after, on January 21, I went with a friend to Belleayre. It was nice to see that winter was back, there was snow everywhere.

Conditions on the trails were good before 3pm, as usual for this mountain. The trees were another story as there just wasn’t enough of a base (not enough snow). There were too many roots and branches sticking out – I even fell once and felt a branch sticking up my back. Needless to say, I scratched up my board real good in that one run, the only run I made through the trees.

Belleayre’s a great mountain with seemingly always good (for the east coast) conditions. As usual, because of the geographical position of the mountain, everything turns to $hi+ after 3pm. The upper mountain, where all the blue and diamond trails are, get covered in the mountain’s shadow. This freezes everything and all the snow turns to ice. As a second pow, all the shadow reduces visibility to a great extent so you can’t see much. The trails just look white, you can’t see depth, the contours, and whatnot. Boarding through ice you can’t see is doable, but more of an exercise of frustration.

Anyway, I still like Belleayre. It’s close to the city and when conditions are good, the woods are awesome!!

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