Stratton 1/18/17

Date(s) Skied: 1/18/17

Resort or Ski Area: Stratton

Conditions: Groomed packed powder/variable

Trip Report:

Skied Stratton today. Not a memorable day, but conditions were pretty good considering the recent thaw. Snow was on the firm side on anything with pitch, but serviceable on the groomed snowmaking trails. Low-angle trails were genuinely soft in most places. Definitely a day for practicing firm-snow carving on my stiff frontside skis, which is not my favorite type of skiing, but fun for a change of pace.

Woods are completely out of play and will be for a while. The few ungroomed trails had some soft snow from yesterday, but the moonscape left over from last weekend's thaw/freeze was just beneath the surface or poking through, making it a bit treacherous.

Best (but not great) ungroomed trail was Standard to skier's left of the gondola. Spruce was my favorite groomed trail. They had the guns going on Liftline, but it was closed. It should be good when they open it.

First day in 14 years with new boots. They felt pretty good, so that's a win. I'll be in the Okemo/Killington area this weekend.

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