Half of The Stein’s Half Full

By:  Greg
May 18, 2010 9:34 pm | Category: Quick Update, Skiing

KC and I headed up to Sugarbush South for a quick after-work-hike-‘n-schuss. The itch isn’t gone yet, and as we discovered on Superstar Trail at Killington, these late season “turns” are great for our balance and agility. The view from the valley was pretty disheartening as both Sugarbush North and South appeared to be completely bare, but hidden up in a nook on Stein’s we were pleased to discover a fairly substantial patch. Optimists (or idiots) that we are, we couldn’t help but celebrate that half of Stein’s was half full. Perhaps the best part though is that the skiable patch is right near the bottom (albeit not visible from the parking lot), and so access is super quick and easy.
Half of Stein's Half Full

That doesn’t mean I didn’t go to the top for a full length stone-‘n-grass-‘n-bit-‘o-snow-ski.
Stone-and-grass ski halfway down

I don’t see any reason why some eager Mad River Valley folks wouldn’t want to get up to the resort and take a quick lap on Stein’s while the gittin’s guwd. When it’s a 20 minutes or less from your apartment and you can make a schuss, get back home, and get a quick report up in less than 2.5 hours, it’s always worth it. Git sum!

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  1. christian
    wrote on May 18th, 2010 at 10:16 pm  

    jealous!!!! WAS THE TUB COPTER THERE?!?!?!?!

    • Greg
      wrote on May 18th, 2010 at 11:15 pm  

      just look at these idiots sadly walking up a mountain for turns on a dirty patch after being unchained from their desks for a few minutes in the evening… what do you think?!

    • christian
      wrote on May 18th, 2010 at 11:59 pm  

      no fog though…hmmmm

  2. Bill
    wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 6:01 am  

    Good training for faceshots, while schussing the thunder storms of July and August.

  3. MadPatSki
    wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 9:54 am  

    You are following in Sylvain Saudan’s ski tracks (previous TR – great find BTW). If you can ski Mud, Grass and Rocks, you can ski anything.

    Here is another clip in that collection of steep skiing without snow.


    • K_C
      wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 11:02 am  

      Greg is Sylvain’s apprentice, can’t keep this kid off skis

    • cathy
      wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 11:54 am  

      Please don’t let Greg see the youtube thread you attached. That is some high stakes summer skiing. His Mom is about to have a heart attack!!!:D

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm  

      Glad to see you’re warming up for the midsummer huck fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02tR8ornxwM

    • MadPatSki
      wrote on May 20th, 2010 at 1:38 pm  


      Now Porter, that clip is SICK!!!! High speed crashes in rocks…and jorts. :? I’d like to see what their legs looked like after a few of those crashes.

      Here is the Director’s Cut of the clip I posted above.


  4. jumpin jimmy
    wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm  

    wow. Soul patch skiing, dude

  5. Jake
    wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 3:04 pm  

    Really milking the ski season! Slack Fest 2010, weekend looks awesome!

  6. Sick Bird Rider
    wrote on May 19th, 2010 at 7:22 pm  

    Way to keep the stoke going!

    The best part was that I read read your report after reading this report.

    What a contrast between late season keeners EC/WC!

  7. sfmornay
    wrote on May 25th, 2010 at 12:50 pm  

    Thanks for the impressive redefinition of “desperation turns”. Consistent with “fairly substantial patch”, of course :-) I guess the major rationalization is how it really is so close to the base – just an easy stroll. I was there at the end of April, and based on what I saw then, I’m surprised that there was anything left at all. Looks like the big jump at the bottom near the lift tower didn’t last long.

    • Greg
      wrote on May 25th, 2010 at 1:41 pm  

      of course there is also the “huge smile on my face at the bottom” rationalization as well… :D

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