A Completely Average April
The next day Sam and Allen returned to Mount Washington to try to find yet more powder snow. Their plan was simple: they would skin up Mt. Washington’s west side (AKA: the blog free zone) and pray for the best. As a significant complication to what should have been a pretty leisurely and straightforward day though, was the fact that Sam is a newly hired Census Enumerator, and had some thrilling training to attend. They had to start at 6am to be back in Burlington by 3:30pm. As if this wasn’t enough however, a few hundred feet from the car Sam noticed that Allen’s boot was wiggling a lot more than it should. Upon closer inspection, they realized that 2 of the 4 screws holding his binding to the ski were completely unattached; one was even missing. They returned to the car to try and think up a solution. They didn’t have any spare screws or any glue, but being the good Boy Scout that he is, Allen dreamed up a fix; He pulled two bolts off of his car’s bumper, used a chainsaw file to punch two holes through the ski in the appropriate spots, and then bolted the binding right through the ski. By 7:30 they were back on the trail. In a hurry at this point they raced up the mountain.
The wind was howling, but the air was surprisingly warm, and they soon arrived at a point from which they could ski. Bright morning sun was shining through the holes in the clouds as they whipped over the mountain, spotlighting parts of the mountains as the clouds zoomed by.
Allen heads down toward a gully wondering if his binding works. It’s hard to be upset about a malfunctioning binding while enjoying creamy pow turns amidst crazy scenery though
As they descended the snow began to rollerball, and that was a clue that it was time to leave.
After that day we were really truly finally totally sure that powder skiing season was over. Sure enough this past weekend weekend rolled around and there wasn’t any more new snow for us to ski on. Only perfect peel-away-corn. Shucks. Life stinks ;)
To sum it all up, here’s a movie that Allen put together documenting the madness of the past few weeks. It’s been absolutely incredible, and an absolutely completely average April in New England.
Thanks for looking! (and pray for snow this week!)
PS: The FDA recommends a large servings of corn as part of a complete ski season, so you can rest assured that we’ll be out there skiing for at least another month.
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