Back on the snow!
Like last year, I spent Day 1 at Loon Mountain — an easy two hour drive without traffic or weather. There was no real traffic northbound at 6:45 AM, but there was some weather: rain at home turned to light snow 20 minutes into the drive. With the speed on I-93 at times as slow as 35 mph at times, I managed to get onto the mountain shortly before 10:00.
It’s early season — pre-Thanksgiving! — so any open terrain is a gift. Loon was running the Gondola to the summit, with a choice of 4 ways down to mid-mountain, and two ways from there to the bottom. Not a lot, but enough for Day 1.
Crowds were not a factor. I didn’t have a single full gondola ride all day, and managed two solo rides where I could put my feet up. The gondola cars are newly replaced this year, clean inside and plexiglass windows scratch-free.
Temperatures have been excellent for snow-making, and Loon has been blasting the guns over on North Peak. I gave the base of the North Peak Quad a wistful look…
… and dreamt of the venison stew at Camp III.
It’ll happen. It’s early.