After more than a week we are leaving Park City for now. We are pretty sure we will be staying away for a while, so this means our ski season is officially over. It has been a great season on the east coast and out here, but it’s sad to think I won’t be able to ski again until next winter. It always seems so long. The Utah mountains were good to us, even though it wasn’t the best snow. We didn’t wait in many lines and we ended up doing a lot more than we thought we would. I’ll be eagerly awaiting next year.
I’ve gotten used to the skiing conditions in Park City and we have been able to have a lot of fun with it. It’s not ideal, but any skiing is good. The crowds were minimal for a weekend, and we spent some time at the terrain park and practicing little tricks on the slushy snow. This photo looks like it’s really crowded, but the lift lines were pretty small. It was another beautiful day with the sun out and skis on.
Everyone says skiing in the western U.S. is much different from the east. Unfortunately my first chance to ski in Utah was during the worst season they have had in many years. The snow was slushy and patchy, but it was still fun to be skiing no matter what. Oh, I can see one difference between the east and west right here: the views. The mountains in the distance are so amazing that we took easy trails just so we could get better views. It was a pretty good day of skiing, but an amazing day for scenery.
Spending the last couple of days at Okemo Mountain has been a nice change of pace from hopping to different resorts throughout a trip. I always like the unplanned scenes of organized chaos at the lodges where people stack up their skis as they go in for a break from the cold. Some days it’s quite easy to tell just how crowded the slopes are by seeing the rows and rows and skis and snowboards along the sides of the building. Today wasn’t bad at all as far as crowds go and the weather was great so we didn’t have to spend too much time at the lodge anyway.
Bretton Woods is a great mountain for skiing and staying, and they are also very good at marketing themselves and their history. At the top of the West Mountain lift there is an old railway car from the Cog Railway that takes visitors to the top of nearby Mount Washington, which is a part of the resort. The colorful car sits perfectly among the snowy trees and the bright blue sky on an amazing ski day. I could spend days at this place.
Some days the snow is just perfect, the sun is out, the skies are blue, and everything is wonderful. That was the case recently at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire. Two days of perfect conditions with few people and beautiful views. I looked forward to every run, and we had an amazing time. I’m hoping for more of this kind of days this weekend in Vermont!
Spending a couple of nights at The Lodge at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire was a great little vacation. Besides being a nice room, with access to a hot tub, pool, bars, and game rooms at the swanky Mount Washington Hotel, we also got this view just off of our balcony. We got ourselves up at sunrise (which is actually quite later than the posted time since the sun has to get over those mountains…) and had this brilliant golden glow fill the room as it filtered through the hanging ice and lit up the valley. Absolutely worth the wait.
Some days while skiing you can get really lucky with the weather. On clear afternoons in Vermont the mountains stretch out beautifully across the landscape while you glide down wide lanes of white. The state doesn’t seem quite as frozen from this view, and the rolling hills seem to go on forever out to the horizon from the top of Killington peak. As I’ll be heading back to Vermont this weekend for some skiing I was looking back at some of the old photos. This will not be a view I’ll see since Killington is so often overwhelmed by people. Hoping I have more time skiing and less in lines!
Since I will be skiing in New England again this week I figured this would be appropriate. Especially with the storm that’s coming through the area. This was at Stratton in Vermont, where the expert diamond trails are plentiful and definitely different than Pennsylvania mountains. The rating system is relative to the trails at that resort so a diamond at one place could be an intermediate trail elsewhere. Either way, these trails were fun and challenging, and I can’t wait to do some more!
I think Okemo ski resort is my favorite place to ski in the east. It has so many great trails, it’s beautiful all over, and you can’t beat the heated, wind-shielded lift. Most resorts have a long, winding trail that cuts across most of the mountain and at Okemo, that trail is Rum Runner. If it weren’t for the pretty views along the way it might not be worth it since it’s a relatively flat trail so you don’t get much speed. That allows you to look around and take in the snow-covered trees and the mountain views along the way.