North of the Border at Owls Head 2/1/14

Date(s) Skied: 2/1

Resort or Ski Area: Owls Head

Conditions: PP/HP and later Ice

Weather: Sunny and 32 degrees. No wind.

Trip Report:

Burned my first ticket on my Fox 44 Ride and Ski card by heading up to Owls Head for the day given the forecast for Sunday called for snow favoring Jay. Arrived at the mountain around 8:30 and was on the lift by 9. Started the day on the summit skiing the trails off the summit quad. Conditions up top were pretty icy with a mix of edgeable ice followed by patches of boilerplate. Moved over to some of the lower mountain terrain after a few runs to find very nice packed powder and hard packed conditions. Stayed on the lower mountain for a few runs until it got busy and then alternated the rest of the day between the summit and the lower trails.

Overall I was pretty impressed by Owls Head. The mountain is not as big as it is made to be on the trail map (which few are), but has some nice steep terrain for the mountains size. Colorado, Kamikaze, Korman's Dive, all great steep trails. They also had a fair number of great groomers and overall lines were fairly short most of the day but they did get pretty long from just before lunch until around 2.

Only a few of the glades were open and I gave Magog a shot from the summit but wish I hadn't since it was mostly rocks and exposed roots. They need snow (as does everywhere) before the natural snow trails and glades can really open up. The scenery though more than made up for that as it truly is in a beautiful location and has some of the best views I have experienced at a ski resort on the east coast short of Wildcat.

Departed around 2:30 for Newport and my hotel in preparation for day 2 at Jay.

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