In anticipation of this ski season I set a goal to ski at least 20 days. To some that may seem like a lot and to others that would be their worst year by a long shot. Last year I transitioned from recreational skier to I am a skier. I set my sights on 30 days, which would be at least double my best year to date. This past Saturday, I spent my 30th ski day of the season at Mad River Glen. I didn’t just ski there, I experienced every nook and cranny on the locals tour.
Friday brought the biggest forecast bust of the season by the major forecasters. At one point the National Weather Service was showing over a foot expected in the Mad River Valley region, which was far off from the 4″ that actually fell. Never the less any fresh snow on full coverage in APRIL is very hard to beat.
Stefan and I took a ride up the iconic single chair.
We took one of of our last powder runs of the season through perfectly spaced trees on fall line before meeting our tour guides. We entered a portal and came out in zones littered with steep chutes and mandatory airs.
Other rabbit holes eluded us completely and we were relegated to traversing, sidestepping, and bushwhacking back from the unknown.
Mad River Glen is unique skiing experience, and the mountain had me more exhausted than any of the previous 29 days this season. It took me a long time to finally meet the mountain, but our next encounter is not so far away.