The ski season is almost over. What a bust for us in New England

It was a terrible ski season here in New England.

In reviewing my pictures (all taken with a cell phone or little point and shoot), I see that my first day out was not until February.  And now it is April 3, and most areas are closed.

During the past week I did get two fine days of skiing under my belt, however.

Last Sunday (a week ago) it was at Waterville Valley. There were 40+ trails open and the morning skiing and views were made memorable by a thermal inversion. Waterville was closed Monday through Thursday, and reopened for its $1 lift ticket, April 1st celebration on Friday. Yesterday (Saturday) was their final day, and they were only able to run one lower lift and had just 3 trails open. The three days of 70 degree temperatures this past week didn't help.

Waterville Valley last Sunday: fog at the bottom of the mountain
Waterville Valley last Sunday:  breaking through the fog

Waterville Valley last Sunday: Sun at the top!

My favorite from Waterville last Sunday.  I would have waited for
people on the lift. The silhouettes would have been nice.
But this lift wasn't running.

Before the 70 degree weather arrived, I skied a nice day at Cannon on Tuesday. There had actually been snow on the upper mountain during the prior 24 hours which provided some winter conditions, with spring skiing on the lower half.

Cannon this past Tuesday: winter conditions on the top half.

Cannon last Tuesday.  Spring conditions on the lower half.
Shot looking down Gary's trail.
I don't think I have ever skied Cannon without ice on Echo Lake.

Cannon is open today (Sunday) but will close Monday through Friday to conserve snow, to then open again next weekend. I'm optimistic because it looks like we'll have cold weather this week with a wee bit of snowfall.


Some of the pictures I have included below show how little snowfall we had. You can see bare ground in the woods. Waterville received only 58" of snow this season.  Cannon I believe received the most in New Hampshire at just under 100".  I'm not sure what is normal, but I see that Mad River Glen (closed most of the season because they do not have snow making) normally gets over 200".

Next three images are from Mt. Sunapee:

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The remaining images are from Waterville Valley:

My favorite rest stop: Schwendi Hutte.  Waterville has the best sweet rolls and cookies. (Well, perhaps tied with Sunday River). A big mountain cookie is mandatory during an 11:00 coffee break.Waterville's coffee is also the best.

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