|Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine
1. It's Icy - and that's normal. I've realized that although you might enjoy the groomed corduroy for the first three runs, it won't be long before there is a consistent scraping sound beneath your skis or board. In Oregon, an icy patch was unusual and was usually on the summit on a harsh day. In New England, this is the norm. As a result, New England skiers are skilled and used to the tough terrain. You rarely hear complaining. It's what skiing is supposed to be.
2. It's a ski mountain... snowboarding optional. When I had a seasonal ski pass in California, I was one of the only skiiers on a hill dotted with boarders sitting in the trail, whizzing by me, and crowding the space off the chair. The opposite is true in New England. Skiing is the sport of the land, and although there are many talented snowboarders, they appear to be less than 10% of the population at these resorts. I'm not sure the reason - maybe it's the poor boarding terrain or just the strong ski traditions of the Northeast, but either way, snowboarding is for the "alternative" nephew of the family. Have fun buckling up at the top dude...we'll be half way down.
|Wildcat Mountain Quad Chair
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- Cranmore (New Hampshire)
- Waterville Valley (New Hampshire)
- Stowe (Vermont)
- Killington (Vermont)
|Poor weather at Killington, VT
4. It's called "Wind Hold". Maybe it's just my bad luck, but three of the 13 times I've gone up skiing, I've been put on "wind hold", which means I'm stuck riding the kiddy lift or even worse ... the T-bar... until the wind lets up. Wasted money and time. Check the weather before you head out and if it looks windy, don't make the drive. There's nothing worse then spending three hours in the car to spend 5 hours in the lodge waiting for the wind to die down.
|Ski buddy Jenny enjoys her winter ski outing
|My powder-friendly skis see more ice than pow