SOME FUN PICTURES FROM 2008
TONS OF SNOW FOR THE FIRST WEEKEND OF MARCH, 2008
By Rand Milton
March 10, 2008 - Another major dumpage of 2 feet brought out
the best powder skiing of the season! Plus, the trails around
Powder Mill made snow shoeing a lot of fun as well as a good work
out. The toboggan run was tamped down by snow shoes and made for
an exciting ride all the way out to the road.
Brian is all smiles with all the snow. Rand
takes a well earned break at "Look Out Bench"
THE 2007-2008 SEASON IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE BEST IN
By Rand Milton
Jan. 7, 2008 - With major dumps of snow during the Christmas
break, conditions have been ideal. All of the mountains in the
area have all their runs open in what many are calling "one
of the best ski seasons" in a lond time. Coupled with good
friends, great times were had by all.
Aidan, taking instructions from Tom, shows nice form while Karen
and Liz (light blue jacket) watch. A close-up shot shows Aidan's
fine wedge form.
||There is hope for Dave's drinking habits as
he happily drinks a Heineken. Never in our wild dreams would
he be seen with anything other than a Bud in his hand in prior
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots is a hit with Liz (flexing her bicep) aka
"the champ" after she knocks Tom's
block off. Rand and Dave enjoying a preliminary round.
ARE SOME OF THE BEST SKI CONDITIONS TO BE HAD IN NOVEMBER?
By Tom Montalbine
Nov. 26, 2007 - I have said it before, skiing in November and
April are some of the best times to ski. The temperatures are
usually mild, crowds are minimal and conditions are good. Last
year was an exception but almost every other year in the past
I have skied in November and had some great days.
This year was possibly one of the best in a long while. Karen
and I skied at Okemo on Thanksgiving weekend and they had more
trails open that I expected. What was open was in great shape
and had good coverage. The upper mountain had two trails open
at the Sun Bowl and there were at least 6 trails open in the middle
of the mountain including my favorite run, World Cup. They even
had Solitude open with two runs. No lift lines to speak of and
while it was cold it climbed up to 45 degrees during the day.
No lines deal with at all.
Okemo has instituted a NO BAGS IN THE LODGE policy which is similar
to what Stratton did a few years ago. They closed off the doors
that everyone used to go in and out of so you can only go in and
out of the front doors over by the ski shop and out the back doors
over by the Sitting Bull. This policy is a royal pain in the ass
as you have to either hoof your skis over by the mountain then
make your way back inside to get your boots on or you can leave
them over by the ski shop and then you have to walk out the front
to then hoof back to the slopes. I am not sure if this is some
kind of trend that all mountains are going through but if you
go out West, most of the resorts do not have a Main Base Lodge
where you can store your gear. Most people out west just use their
cars to store their gear and they get dressed in the parking lot.
If you want to store your bag for the day you have to find one
of the few remaining cubby holes (they moved most of them upstairs)
or get a locker (not too many of them around) or pay for a basket
rental (which looks like it will be crowded and a waste of time).
Back at the ski house Dave Dempsey and I installed a new microwave
oven over the stove. We had to move the spice cabinet up 6 inches
and Dave rigged the fan vent so that we did not have to cut another
hold in the outside wall. It was quite an engineering marvel when
he got through. This gives us more counter space in the corner
so we are going to ask everyone to put their food on the counter
in the corner instead of on the island over the dishwasher. Dave
also helped put away the summer furniture off the deck, split
firewood and helped with the hot tub maintenance. Thanks Dave!
On Friday night after Thanksgiving we went over to the Ploch's
residence and had a big party. The Ploch's and Beckers had a giant
bowl of Stone Crab Claws flown up from Clearwater and we gorged
ourselves like pigs feeding at the troth. Incredibly delicious.
Then we threw on the steaks and ate a tremendous meal that was
better than Thanksgiving day!
Liz Dempsey has discovered a new party game that we can play
at the house. We played the boys vs. the girls and ended up tied
2 games a piece. We did not go for the tie breaker because it
was getting pretty competitive and the boys did not want to hurt
the girls feelings.
Drank lots of wine, ate lots of food and skied on lots of snow.
It was a great weekend!
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND
BEST WISHES FOR 2007!
A great meal was had New Year's Eve at the 3 Clock Inn