The last of the Local Snow


I posted a small TR from this powerline last year, because it has a pretty good slope to it.  When I drove by it yesterday morning I was suprised how much snow was left on it.  Pretty much most of the snow around here is gone now. Around here, its spotty at best.
I had to work yesterday, but after work I took a walk up with Emily and took a few runs in the Corn.  This video makes conditions look alot smoother than they are.   There were a ton of bumps and holes that made it tricky not to catch an edge. 
Its raining pretty hard right now, so this snow will probably be gone after today  :'(

Prison Turns

I took a pretty good spill wednesday up on unc. when my board went under a burried branch that did not give at all.  I twisted on my right knee really hard, and its was super stiff and sore yesterday and today.  I took yesterday off from riding, but went for a little Alpine Touring today.  I personally dont think that resting after minor injuries helps you get better faster as much as low intensity activity.  And I feel better after my little tour.  The womens state prison is in Goffstown, and accross the street is a state owned hill, with a huge field, some woods and a water tank at the top.  I drive by this area on my way to work everyday, and noticed yesterday some ski tracks going up the hill.  Cross country skis had made the tracks.  Today after work I felt better enough to go out for a “light” tour on heavy gear, My Splitboard.  I skinned up to the water tower following the skinny ski track and then converted and rode out.  The best part of this tour is the track I left coming down the field, that I will be able to look at on my comute until it snows again, or melts.
Following Skinny Ski tracks.

fat boards in skinny ski tracks

The Prison

Going up the woodsy part of the tour

At the top of the hill the water tank, once again proving the theory that water works land usually holds good terrain for turns.

Temple Mountain turns

I  needed to stick around the area this weekend, but that didn’t stop me from getting out for a little tour.
I havent made turns on Temple Mountain Since 2005.  So I thought it might be time to visit some of the old stomping grounds.  I went to high school in the next town over from Temple, so needless to say I spent a bunch of time on this hill when I was in High School.
Temple was a long time ski area lasting from 1938 – 2001. And now it has become a state land reservation, and sadly the trails that are such a huge part of the regions heritage are growing in.  Hike up there on any given saturday in the winter, and you will still find somebody making turns up there.  Yet, nobody has made any effort to at least preserve one of the trails for skiing.
As I skinned up I still remembered all the trail names:
Eagle:

My favorite a trail that you had to bushwack to get to the top of named Wapack. Named after the Mountain Range, and hiking trail that runs along its side:

Currier: ( I have an old trail sign to this trail in my basement)

While at the top I skinned over to the east side to see if there was anything left of the Maki ski trail.  Maki was another of my favs.  It was pretty much always closed, but it was tight and winding  like a classic new england ski run should be.  Maki was grown in, but the Old Trail sign was still there,  No Doubt left there out of respect for its name sake.

After that I skinned up to the true summit of the Mountain before returning to the Top of the ski area, back at the old lift station site I met a couple of snowboarders, that were interested in checking out the splitter.  We talked for a bit, before making the descent.
My Gear at the summit:

I then headed down the old slopes, through the perils of brush, and breakable crust.  I stopped and took a picture of home about half way down.
The Uncanonucs from Temple: