It's four in the morning. It's illegal to drive on the roads in Massachusetts. Good thing we are heading to Vermont. We only pass two vehicles on the road the entire hour and a half drive from Troy to Stratton Mountain, not a huge surprise. Arriving at the mountain, we find that the "members only" parking lot is not guarded and that the door to the lodge is open even though all the lights are off, great success. Headlamp on, boots on, skis on, skins on; off we go.
|Untouched snow all around.|
|Skinning up under the gondola. Luckily following snowmobile tracks part of the way up.|
After about an hour and a half of skinning we were at the summit and ready to ski down. A handful of ski patrol and medic staff skied past us, but there was still plenty of fresh powder to go around. Only having skied once before, and not on powder, it took me a few turns to get the hang of it again. Kyle cruised down with the goal of warming up after our cold stop to take off skins and transition to ski mode.
|Powder 5" to knee deep in spots.|
As the lines grew our patience did not. Back to skinning to scope out a trail that only has a few tracks through it. We make it up as high as possible before the snow was so blown that exposed roots and rocks were in the way. It was a quick run, but some of the best snow of the day. Time to let the quads rest up. Skiing powder isn't easy, not that I'm complaining.
|Rocks up ahead, time to ski down.|