When spring comes it is bitter-sweet for me. I cannot wait to get back on the mountains next season. This was one of the best winters I have had in a long time. The riding conditions in New England did not let me down once. I had countless fresh powder days this year. Every time I planned on going up north there was fresh snowfall and I rarely ran into high winds. The wind can make or break a day of riding. Also, in New England it is usually a battle with the icy conditions. I actually own a sweatshirt that says that.
This year my favorite mountain that I rode was Bretton Woods. Located in New Hampshire, it is part of the Mount Washington Resort. This mountain has 62 trails, 10 lifts, and over 30 trails of glades. The glades are what sealed the deal for me. I have never rode better glades in New England. This ungroomed territory is where I spent most of my time at Bretton Woods.
There are so many beautiful groomed trails on the mountain for beginners as well, but I like the challenge of riding a difficult trail.
This year at Bretton Woods, I jumped into the singles lift line so I could get on the lift faster. I met a few snowboarders and we started talking. It’s always fun meeting cool people on the lifts. One of them told be about this application called ‘Ski Tracks.’ I always have had a speedometer on my phone to track my speed, but this was ten times better. In addition to speed, it tracks each accent, decent, number of runs, miles traveled, and duration of time passed. This is a screenshot of part of my day snowboarding.
Since downloading this app, I have recommended it to many of my fellow skiers and boarders. It can also be used for snowmobiling, sledding, and cross-country skiing.
Another amazing experience I had this year was at Okemo Mountain Resort, in Vermont. I am not very familiar with this mountain and it was my first time snowboarding there in about five years. This Mountain has over 100 trails. I traveled to Vermont with a friend of mine and he knew someone who works as a ski patrol on the mountain. We linked up with him and he showed us the way around the mountain. It is part of his job to know every trail and this was very beneficial to us. I did not even have to think about where to go. I was able to follow someone the whole time. That made the experience so much better. He also inspired me to look into becoming a ski patrol next year. Now I just have to start studying the names and locations of over 100 trails!
In addition to Bretton Woods and Okemo, I snowboarded at, Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Stowe Mountain, Shawnee Peak, Wachusett, Sunday River, and Killington.