So NH Early Spring Earned Turns

Last Summer a privately owned section of my favorite hill was pretty much clear cut with a few hardwoods left behind.  This was an area of the hill that  I really hadn’t accessed much before.  The spring snow pack was in peel-away corn mode today, with an inch of fresh snow on it that dropped this morning from a squall.  The squall came through at the border between a cold front and a warm front, and although it was pretty windy still, this afternoon was on the warm side of the border.  It was in the mid 40s as I skinned up. I didn’t have much time so I only planned on one run.

For the run I only skinned up to the top of the timber cut, peeled off my climbing skins and dropped in for some really fun turns


Although most of it was pretty plush there were a few spots where I had to ski through a menagerie of snow snakes

At the bottom I wanted more, so I skinned back up my same tracks. But this time I skinned all the way up to the northern ridge of the mountain.

At the ridge there is some natural little meadows that were fun. Ive hiked through this area several time before but never skied here


There’s also a few Glacial Eratic Boulders that are neat too.

After skipping through the meadows on my skis I bushwhacked my way through some brush to the area of the timber cut.  It once again did not disappoint.

2014-15 Seasons Pass: Pat’s Peak or Crothched? Hmmm?

Its that time of the year again for early bird specials.  I have had a Pats Peak Pass for several seasons now and am shopping for next season now. I have always preferred Pats Peak. However I am leaning toward Crotched right now because like many loyal locals I am frustrated by the Pat’s Peak Capital Improvement Plan’s lack of a faster lift to the summit and the fact that their operating schedule is set in stone no matter how stellar conditions are.  Last year they closed on Easter with 100% coverage and beautiful conditions, and this year they didn’t start night skiing until after Christmas despite some of the best early season snow storms, and powder skiing  in years.

Crotched Mountain Resorts Early offers:

http://www.crotchedmountain.com/season_passes.html

Pats Peak Early offers:

http://www.patspeak.com/seasonpasses.html

Pats Peak is 26 minutes from my house and Crotched is 33 minutes from my house so distance isn’t a deal breaker considering Crotched has a faster lift.

This blog has promoted and reviewed several companies in the past in exchange for gear, Columbia being the largest company I’ve done gear testing for.  It would make my decision  easier if one of the Resorts would sponsor my 2014-15 seasons pass.

 

 

Uncanoonuc #500

A couple of weeks ago I summited Uncanoonuc for the 499th time in my personal quest for 1000.  I wanted to do something special for #500 so I decided to forego climbing Uncanoonuc until I had a mild day. Today it was sunny and in the 40’s and I had not yet taken my 6 month old son on a proper hike yet.  I loaded him into the Kelty Carrier and headed up the Mountain for #500.  Every time I looked back at him on the way up he had this look on his face like “Daddy, what are we doing?” And at no time did he fuss, in fact he was comfortable and warm enough that he fell asleep on the way down.  I had to balance speed with not jostling him around too much and it took me 42 minutes round trip which was apparently fast enough to pass several people on the way up and down. This was the kind of experience that was as amazing as I imagined it might be and I look forward to many more hikes with my son.
Loading my pack:

Happy Hiker

Going up the Red Dot Trail

At the Summit