Left the office early! – Camelback – 2/7

Had early morning office hours this morning. Left the office by 10am. Not a single student came in anyway. Guaranteed that will change come exam time ;) Called out of lab yesterday and had my board already loaded in the car. Didn't feel like the drive to Hunter starting that late, so I opted for the Poconos for a quick session. Camelback reported 9 inches from the Tuesday storm and 6 inches over the weekend. I figured it'd be skiied off everywhere, but its been cold so nice packed powder and corduroy would do just fine. Arrived in the parking lot by 11:30 and snagged a spot in the upper lot by the lodge. Sullivan Express was closed, and instead everyone was using the adjacent Bailey double. Thankfully the crowds were light, so there wasn't much wait. Trails of the day had to be Asp and Hump, with honorable mentions for Rocket. Both of the former had nice packed powder and powder piles, and rocket had some fun powder bumps. I'm not much for moguls but even I had a good time on Rocket today. Marje's rode pretty well too. The west side definitely felt a little softer. I headed over to the Stevenson express to try the eastern side of the mountain and found it to be a little firmer. Cliffhanger wasn't bad... but it was covered in little shards of ice. They didn't really impede your way down, and made a cool "tinkling" sound when you carved, but you could definitely feel a bit more resistance when trying to carve. Pharaoh was softer and a more enjoyable ride. I took a look at their terrain park, which looks fun, although I didn't hit much. The snow was too nice to spend much time there. Managed to get a ride-on to the Marc Antony lift. Did another west-east circuit and then headed back to the car. Left by 3:30 as the crowds were beginning to build. Sullivan was spinning again, but I didn't wait around to see how long the lines were going to get. This weekend will probably be a circus given the conditions. All in all though, a fantastic day and definitely worth the use of a sick day.

Hopefully this weather holds long enough for me to make another Catskills trip.

Requisite cell phone pics. Bailey was so slow I was able to snap a bunch from the lift :)







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