Bittersweet

I usually do my “Ski Day” write-ups a few days after the trip. Sometimes I procrastinate and a week or two goes by.

I waited over four months to do the last post, though, because the sudden end to the 2019/2020 ski season — and the brutal arrival of COVID-19 — was such a shock.

I skied on a Friday, and by the following Sunday I was bedridden, with a cough, a headache, a mild fever and aching muscles. I still don’t know if it was the seasonal flu or COVID-19, but whatever it was wasn’t any fun, and kept me in bed for most of a week.

How did I get whatever it was I had? Was it the friendly barkeep at the pub I’d eaten at (he insisted on shaking every patron’s hand)? Maybe some of the college kids I’d shared a gondola cabin with? I’ll never know. Hand-shaking and cabin-sharing seem otherworldly now, or quaint, or maybe foolish.

I expect things will be different next season, if there is lift-served skiing at all. I’ve bought a pair of snow shoes just in case…

Link of the Day

Oh.

2019/2020 Ski Day 12: Killington

I took Friday off, driving up to Killington Thursday night. After a bite at a friendly pub I settled down in my room at the ever-practical Killington Motel.

I got up early and made one of the first Gondola cabins.

Blue sky and plenty of room to roam

The snow was in fine shape, but a little more natural stuff would have made things better. They have gone bonkers on snow-making, though, piling on to Superstar and aiming to ski into June.

The Superstar glacier