Belleayre 2-16-15: trees, bumps and cold pow

Conditions: pow, chopped up pow, pp
Temp on arrival: -5F
Initially I wasn't going to venture forth due to the frigid temps, but I heard that conditions were awesome, the winds were dying, and crowds were sparse (having been scared away by the weather hype). I'm glad I went. Dressing warmly helped nullify the cold- mittens with warmers, boot gloves on the feet, vaseline on the face. The only time I felt the cold was when I took these pics. My only real concern was the moment of transition going from pp to deep pow- that jolt you get abruptly slowing down. Started out by skiing the Superchief area-

Winisook glade was sweet

Belleayre glade, the most popular one

Mohawk, steeper than this flat pic reveals

Off Lift 7, Onteora was terrific- bumped up with plenty of soft pow

Esopus- that's a "spine" in the foreground, further down are whales & banks
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