Jay Peak

STO[we]KED!

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Up here in the North corner of the Green Mountains, we have befallen cool temperatures, and pretty heavy snowfall on the mountain tops. This is pretty exciting news to a bunch of ski shop bums (such as myself and co-workers) so after keeping close eyes on the weather and mountain web cams, we decided to go for a morning hike before work on Tuesday morning.

My alarm went off at 645, I was already awake. The excitement kept me up for a good portion of the night. Breakfast, coffee and out the door. I met up with three other guys from the shop in Richmond, and off to Stowe we went.

Getting out of the car at the base parking lot, I looked up to the snow-covered mountain and was hit with a fierce, cold wind. Winter wind. We bundled up and headed for the hill (Mount Mansfield, more appropriately). After a short amount of time, we all warmed right up. The snow was DEEP (not complaining) but for my short little legs, a work out and a half. In most places, we’re talking knee to waist deep in POW!

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And so it begins…Early season riding!

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Lookout point on the traverse back to the gondola

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least it feels like Christmas morning to those of us jonesing for snow. Seeing flakes falling from the sky for the first time last week gave quite a few of us a reason to grin, as well as the pictures and posts from the mountains reporting steady snowfall.

Good news continued when Killington resort announced it’s opening weekend for October 25th. That Friday the lifts started spinning for pass holders, and the next day the public. I was lucky enough to make the trip Saturday and hit the slopes.

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