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LIFE AFTER UKKO.

Was this weekend Old Man Winter’s last fluffy dump? It sure was a wintery one in Northern VT, with no signs of spring.  Ukko was good, but the nameless flakes that fell this past weekend were better, deeper, and lighter. Fighting an Ukko induced allergic reaction to tracks, the only known cure was an unannounced weekend of White Chambers®.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Yeah, that ice.

Yeah, that ice.


Video from GoPro Hero3 & iPhone.

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG… A LEAK

Traditionally, March is the most powdery month of the year. Over the past few seasons, this hasn’t been the case and the pre-mature demise of winter has left us yearning for more time in the White Chamber®. This March got off to another poor start, with over an inch of rain blanketing the mountains, followed by temps dropping close to 0ºF and locking up the snowpack. Thankfully, the cold temps have helped relaunch winter. This past weekend left close to a foot of stellars and the high elevation woods were riding great.

With the ice covered up, it looks like another storm this week could put us in great shape to close out March. Let’s hope this pattern keeps up!

The new snow was riding great if you knew where the wind piled it up.

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POWDER PRESENTS

The mountains in northern Vermont were hammered with a very significant up-slope snow event last night. Snow fell at rates of up to 2″ per hour. The Jay Peak area got hit the hardest with almost two feet over night! The snow was super light and induced many White Chambers®. We will have a short GoPro edit coming soon, but until then, try to keep the saliva off you keyboard while you stare at this photo.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand - straight from Japan.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand – straight from Japan.

PRESIDENTIAL POWDER

Hour long lift lines? Logo riddled Starter jackets? Jeans and sunglasses? Step-ins and jester hats? Yup, its a holiday weekend. This Presidents Day weekend was preceded by a week long thaw that melted low elevation snow, but placed several feet of new snow along the spine of the Greens. Avoiding the crowds, we dipped into many high elevation nooks and crannies in search of a powder harvest fit for a president.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

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DUSTING THE RUST

It was a long summer. We did our best to keep in shape with biking and hiking, but nothing can keep those skinning muscles free of rust. After some record breaking warmth, it looks like we are finally in a prolonged cold pattern – great for making snow. Before the resort opens to the masses, it was time to break through the rust, stretch out the lungs, and find the glide.

Beautiful dawn light silhouetting Mount Mansfield.

Making our way through the remnants of foliage season. Snow in the distance.

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HEADING NORTH PT. 1

DTK – Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 2

Unless we get a late season dump, the storm of February 25th will be remembered as the best of a lackluster season in New England.  A few days after maximizing the snow in Vermont we headed north to the Chic Chocs on the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, Canada.  We left early to complete the double-digit windshield hours and follow the shores of the St. Lawrence to the northeast.  A night in a cheap motel and a few Tim Hortons stops later we sorted our gear and set off to explore some terrain and ride with Vertigo Adventures, a guiding operation suppossedly light on frills but heavy on vert and powder at the northern end of the Appalachian range.


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GETTING THE NOD

Record breaking warmth decimated our shallow snowpack throughout the month of March. Most resorts melted out before April showers even had a chance to fall. Thankfully, Old Man Winter made an appearance and gave us the nod by dumping two feet of wet snow along the spine of the Greens this week. See the photos for more.

Minimal snow and slush in the parking lot.

No snow down low.

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VERTIGO

For the past week, we have been buried deep in the woods of Northern Quebec with Vertigo Adventures. Several different peaks surrounded our base camp and we had the entire area to ourselves riding many lines that hadn’t been ridden all year. Over the next few weeks, we will be dropping several posts with pictures and video of the trip. For now, check out this photo of the first line we shot on our first morning there.

WIND IS OUR FRIEND

The wind is our friend. I always try and remind myself of this when I’m being pelted in the face with blowing snow and a -30º windchill. However, the wind is putting that snow somewhere, so we went out to find it. Sunday February 12th. Frame grabs from the upcoming DTK: Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 1.

Traversing somewhere high up in VT.

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ABOVE IT ALL

Even though my predictions were incorrect, Superbowl Sunday was indeed a super day. Sunny skies, light winds, moderate temperatures and decent snow. What more could you ask for? After running into some low elevation lack of snow on Saturday, we decided to head up high on Sunday. Here are a few pictures from our walkabout.

Blue sky and white snow. Perfect.
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