A Completely Average April

April 26, 2010

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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.
racing 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.
Skiing in a little bit of sun provided by a hole in a cloud

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
Allen wondering if his binding works

As they descended the snow began to rollerball, and that was a clue that it was time to leave.
rollerballs starting to form. Allen starting to rip.

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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  1. Doremite
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 9:50 am  

    Really nice compilation. You guys continue to put out the best MW specific ski photos I’ve ever seen. Hats off.

    • Greg
      wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 9:57 am  

      D: thanks for checking in dude. Sorry it didn’t work out to meet up on Saturday. We’ve been basically calling our lines as we see them based on real time conditions… so yeah… that means good skiing, but also being really flaky for anyone who we are trying to meet up with. sorry about that. We actually did pass through OG, and i checked my phone to see if i could give you a ring and see if you were there, but i couldn’t get service. It will happen sometime! thanks again, and pray for snow!

  2. Andyzee
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 10:49 am  

    Nice shots, may give it a try next week.

  3. robrox
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 10:58 am  

    Brilliant summation!

    Perry Mason coulnd’t convince a jury any better than that…

    Another month of harvest…yippeeee!

  4. Porter Haney
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 11:20 am  

    Hot Bread! I can only turn left.

  5. Gregg L
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 11:39 am  

    Excellent as always guys. Yeah, I’d say that shot was worth it……but I didn’t have to climb up there to get it. ;-) You guys are animals. More pow on the way….

    • Greg
      wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 9:07 pm  

      Thanks Gregg. I should dig out the shot I have from last season when the thing was covered in a veneer of ice, and both Sam and I refused to ski it even though we knew it’d be an incredible picture.

  6. Micky O (ILOVE2SKI)
    wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm  

    Nice work as always. Hope you guys plan on making another calendar this season… I see a few shots just from April this year that would work great.

    • Greg
      wrote on April 26th, 2010 at 9:07 pm  

      Thanks Micky! we’re DEFINITELY doing another calendar this year. Look for the ski season calendar (october to october) to be up for sale sometime in june, and then the normal calendar will be up sometime in october. WE gonna be doing the auto road again this year? hope so!

    • Micky O (ILOVE2SKI)
      wrote on April 27th, 2010 at 11:06 pm  

      Yep I’d love to, let’s hope for some more snow in the meantime… looks like this week is good!

  7. icelanticskier
    wrote on April 27th, 2010 at 9:07 am  

    stunning, what a month…….so far. friday 1st light could be all time in the right spot(s). a very small dedicated crew is forming. e-mail if interested.


    • Greg
      wrote on April 27th, 2010 at 9:14 am  


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