POWDER DAY! SAT FEB 9, 2013

February 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Reflections on a Powder Day:

Yesterday, when the governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut declared states of emergency, our hearts sank a little. While they might see a major snowstorm as a problem, we welcome it with open arms.

So at 4PM yesterday, as our lifts stopped turning for the day and the storm clouds descended, local businesses shut down and all the roads that lead here closed, we were just starting to prepare for the excitement to come.

And no statewide shutdown or funny Disneyfied storm name could dampen our spirits!

So our groomers worked through the night, taming the deep swells on beginner and intermediate terrain, but leaving them untouched for the experts on the steeper stuff (not to mention in countless powder stashes that I am obliged to keep secret). And employees across the mountain, who were determined to show up for their early morning shifts, found nearby couches to crash on, sacrificing a little bit of comfort for the promise of a powder day tomorrow.

And, boy, did that powder day arrive! Ski Butternut was blessed with more than a foot of freshies, 30+ centimeters of pow, 12-16 inches of the sweetest of sweet gnar.

While we didn’t get the nearly yard-deep drifts that paralyzed some of New England’s coastal cities (and from which they’ll be digging out for days), we got more than enough to have an EPIC POWDER DAY, quite possibly the most natural snow that we’ve received from one storm in the past 2 SKI SEASONS!

Our base is deep, and conditions are the best they’ve been all year. Downspout is an endless sea of powder. The terrain park has big hits, natural Organix features, gladed powder stashes, and some nice, soft landings. And Pied Piper, Main Street, and Lower Applejack, amongst many other runs, have miles of silky smooth packed powder corduroy — with even more of that in store when we groom tonight.

Tomorrow, the early and the clever may still find a bit of pristine untracked snow here and there, and everyone will enjoy the buttery goodness of Ski Butternut’s signature grooming.

See you on the slopes! rj.

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