Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nor'Easter Alert!

Put those shorts back in the closet.
Get ready to hear some serious whining from the golfers in your life, as the greens won't be regulation ready for another few weeks.  There's one big storm on the way this Friday, which has the potential to leave over a foot of snow from the Berkshires through the White Mountains, with more to follow next week!

Monday, March 28, 2011

-Trip Report- North Twin III: Third Time Is the Charm (March 2011)

The music from my phone alarm pierced the morning air at 5:30am.  I had carefully prepared myself the night before for my "morning-self" and was armed with reasons that I wanted- no, needed to heed the call.  But there he was in my head at 5:30 telling me that I just wanted more sleep:  that today would be a good day to sit on the couch and watch some basketball; that I wouldn't be letting anyone down by not going.  He had a good point.  I mustered as much consciousness as I could gather and concentrated on a single thought:  It'll be worth it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

-Trip Report- North Twin II: Nubble Stubble Boogaloo (March 2011)

Skiing Through the Nubble Stubble
Failure can breed success.  It can also breed more failure.  My second attempt at the North Twin slide met a familiar end, but provided more invaluable lessons.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Winer Storm Wha.....?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  (In March)
Don't adjust your television sets.  That's right you read that correctly.  It's March 20th and a WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for northern New England. Old man winter is not dead and is instead headed your way tomorrow bringing close to a foot of white gold to the North Country.

Be sure to get the latest updates from our detailed weather page here, and check with the guys at Ski the East to find out which ski resorts got the most snow love.

40 Days and 40 Nights. Without Poo.

People. I have seen the light. I can attest to the holiness of the convenience store camping diet. I was there at the right hand of Andy when NoreasterBC discovered that gummy bears and tuna mac weren't just for lonely bachelors any more. I was there when instant coffee and a box full of sugar packets became something more sacred than Starbucks, MacBook and The New Yorker on a Sunday morning. I was there when beef jerky and whisky became the new goodnight snack and glass of apple juice from Grandma.

What you're wondering now though is how on earth anyone could eat so much S@IT without blowing a gasket 10 miles into the back country and 20 miles from the nearest square of Charmin (and that creepy guy in the bottom of the New Hampshire outhouse). It's as simple as high school chemistry people.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Convenience Store Commissary

One minute and twenty four seconds.  That’s the record.  If you run, know where everything is, have nobody in front of you, and pay with an easy-pay device, you may be able to beat it.  I challenge you to beat it.

I'm talking about the amount of time needed to grab all of the essential winter camping supplies from your local convenience store.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Adventures in Sidecountry Part II: Bolton Valley (Get It While You Can)

View of the Bolton Backcountry from Stowe View 
If you've only skied the lift accessed glades at Bolton Valley you've probably been impressed with the acreage of glade skiing, but unless you've also ventured onto their cross country trails with your backcountry gear you don't even know the half of it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adventures in Sidecountry Part I: Burke (Ski the East... Bowl)

Birch Glades at Burke

Sidecountry, slackcountry, cross country, backcountry, upcountry and no country for old men.  Whether you like lift accessed glades, hiking a little beyond the chair, or hiking alot to get to that distant slide, we're all looking for the same thing: fresh powder.

After a late week storm that brought close to a foot of snow to the Vermont Northcountry, I decided to go back to the motherland for some lift-assisted backcountry skiing.  I didn't leave disappointed.

Monday, March 7, 2011

-Trip Report- North Twin: I Don't Want To Be Right (March 2011)

This is not a slide.  That's okay though. 

Sometimes things have to go wrong for them to go right.  I set out to ski the North Twin Slide.  Instead I discovered a hidden gem, and set the foundation for a successful second attempt.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Madness: Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

"Dude.  That was epic.  Where'd you find my ski?"

It's finally here!  Like a jerk with his new phone book, skiers are rejoicing the best ski month of the year: March.

March is also the month when you're guaranteed to hear at least one person per day cry about how much they wish winter would end and how living in New England is such a horrible chore.

Before you take a sip of the "I'm soooo sick of winter" Kool-Aid and start thinking that ski season is almost over, there's a few things to consider.