If you don't like the weather...
only took a week to go from Spring like conditions and road rides in February to white-knuckle death grip driving and epic VT powder days. I <3 New England. The only forecaster I trust in terms of POW location seemed to think the Spine was gonna be a good place to be so we scrambled a meet up at Sugarbush for this weekend.
Unfortunately with it being the end of vacation week and what was looking like one of the best days this year LOTS of other people had similar plans. But its all good, the energy was palpable and you could tell everyone has been itching to let it rip. I got my first tracks Friday night on the drive up. The Echo was up to its eyeballs and my 2.5hr drive turned into 4 and change. I had to do some sketchy rally driving that I will not elaborate on for the sake of my mother but I made it when other vehicles arguably much more equipped for the conditions did not AND I was getting 30+mpg while I was doing it.
We've got our routine down and were on mountain early fueling up and planning our initial mode of attack. After that is mostly just a blur of powder. steeps, lower back fatigue, and some more powder. It was snowing and blowing all day and many of the lines were filing back in during the day. It was hard to make a bad run choice. I wasn't riding as well as I had hoped, It usually takes me a few hard and fast days in the woods to get my wits about me. I was choosing some silly lines at times and also dealing with some weird 'dead back' that had me riding pretty sloppy towards the end of the day. I think I blame the exercise ball I've been sitting on at my desk lately.
Didn't get much decent footage due to my issues with selecting good lines and with the size of our group there was a bit of stop and go happening, plus even though 'Bush has become my winter home away from home I don't know the terrain like I know Cannon so its a bit harder to get reckless.
It felt really good to be back into the normal winter swing and it sounds like my home base got a decent amount of snow as well. Looking forward to recouping the back and getting on some of my lines in the Notch finally. Sounds like a bit of snow in the mountains tonight and Thurs. Game on.