Wildcat, 02-06-2015

Five planets are visible in the early February night sky. Two of them are visible for those that arose pre-dawn on Saturday to drive to the mountains; Mercury and Venus rising in the east. Right next to them was the bright sliver of a crescent moon with the rest of the moon reflecting earth glow. This was the backdrop for my 2 hour and 15 minute, 110 mile drive to Pinkham Notch and Wildcat Ski area for day four of my ski tour. Upon arrival the temperature was sixteen degrees rising to the twenties under a mix of clouds and sun. From the Wildcat web-site on Friday I purchased an online lift ticket for $71.99 for a $7 savings. The web-site reported two inches of new snow, which I could not find anywhere during my ski day. All of the open terrain skied pretty much the same, machine groomed and significantly firm and fast. Snow had been made on the Polecat trail and was groomed overnight preventing any big whalebacks from forming and the trail did provide some softer snow to enjoy. There was barely a mogul to be found anywhere. The high speed quad takes about 7 minutes to reach the summit and there was never a lift line. The view from the top is the best in the East. Across the notch the clouds covered the very top of Mount Washington, but everything below the top of Tuckerman’s Ravine could be seen. I skied from 8:30 to almost 2 pm, by 1 pm the trails were skied off and became slick, icy and difficult on the legs to hold an edge. I did not go to après ski but at lunch I did have a Bloody Mary followed by Chili and Chips with a Tuckerman’s Ale. The drive to Pinkham Notch and Wildcat for me is on two lane highways. On the way home I listened to Two Lane Highway by Pure Prairie League followed by Breaker-Breaker, Take Me Home by the Outlaws. It was appropriate music for the long drive home.
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