Snow Ridge, 11/22/14, Opening Day

Date(s) Skied: 11/22/14

Resort or Ski Area: Snow Ridge

Conditions: Powder

Trip Report:

Being the procrastinator that I am, Friday night I felt like Ray Liotta in Good fellas when he kept seeing the helicopters. I got out of work, ran to the hardware store to pick up a bolt for my roof rack that I buggered up last year, and some epoxy to glue a crack in my bumper cover, and reattach the brim on my Smith Variant Brim helmet. I then stopped at the Y for a workout. From there home, quick bite to eat, start laundry, the head to the garage to install roof rack and glue things. Next it was time to clean up so Scotty and I could be comfortable hanging with MJ. Running late, time to pick Scotty up at the bus station, first I had to throw a couple boxes in the car that I needed to deliver to my Brother after picking up Scotty. Keep stirring the sauce kid.

After a hectic Friday night, everything went like clockwork Saturday morning. I got up early, got all my ski crap together, even had time to make waffles, eggs, bacon, and sausage, for breakfast. We picked up Rambo, and headed for Turin at 7, exactly as planned. We arrived at Snow Ridge a half hour prior to opening, 9:30. We booted up, got our passes, and got in the growing line. They were a half hour late loading for some reason.
A view from the road upon arrival.

There were blue skies and sunshine for the first two runs, then the clouds came. The snow was great, the 35" SR was claiming had consolidated to knee deep on the hill. I should've snapped a few pics while the sun was out, I did not.
Looking up South Slope


You won't see this at Stratton

The liftline was the longest I've seen at Snow Ridge, it only subsided at lunch, and again when the freezing rain/ rain began in the afternoon. The line moved smoothly, as everyone there was capable of loading, and unloading the lift without issue. The snow was great, it got a little manky in the afternoon, when temps rose, and rain fell. My legs were shot by then, and I was happy to stay on the groomed swaths for the last hour or so. We all agreed to pack it in at 3, and head back to Binghamton. Powder skiing in November, gotta love it, thanks Lake Ontario.

The mini AZ summit at Snow Ridge didn't pan out, but the NY ski blog Harvey Road was well represented. Along with Harvey himself, 7 other members made it to Snow Ridge, that I'm aware of, me, Scotty, Big D, Danzilla, Powderqueen, Pam, Glade Runner. Harvey traveled from NJ, though I think he planned on being in North Creek anyway, still impressive.

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