Sugarbush 12/29/12

It was a day of firsts for me. After over 17 years of snowboarding in VT I finally got to experience Sugarbush, and I was NOT disappointed. The girlfriend and I left at zero-dark-thirty from Lanesboro, MA and were on the Gatehouse quad a little after 9:00. Steady snow throughout the day ensured that we never heard our edges scrape. They claimed around 4 feet of fresh in the previous 10 days and I think that was pretty accurate. This was the first time my first day of a season was a powder day on a 100% open mountain.

We spent our first few runs cruising blues to let my intermediate skier GF get comfortable before heading over to Mt. Ellen on the Slidebrook Express. The crowd was much more tolerable on this side, probably due to the increased average difficulty of Mt. Ellen. We took a few more exploratory runs before lunch and then stopped for a beer and a bite with some friends from Burlington. I had a Castlerock Ale, another first, which was great. We kept lunch short and sweet because I was dying to get back out and hit some glades. My friends took me to the Semi-Tough woods and they were amazing. I got stuck twice in waist deep snow, definitely a first for me in December. However, being my first day out this season I was in terrible shape. After a couple runs through the trees my legs were cooked. So I did a couple more cruisers with the GF before heading back over to North Lynx Peak. We did 2 more runs to ensure we were fully exhausted and then called it a day.

I could not be happier with day 1 of this year. If this is any indication of what the rest of the season holds then we have one for the books coming at us! And I will definitely be heading back up to the Bush soon and often!

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