Gee, where could this be?
Wildcat Mountain doesn't win annual awards for being the most scenic ski area in the Northeast by default. As always, the Pinkham Notch locale is a bevy of views that vary not only day by day or hour by hour, but sometimes minute by minute. One moment you'll be standing directly in the sight of the majesty of Tuckerman Ravine, the next Mount Washington will be shrouded in clouds, simply peeking out of them with what almost seems a knowing wink.
The storms that finally brought snow to ski country last week, and into the weekend, did wonders for Wildcat, which had 11 inches of new snow last Friday, creating a wondrous, winter playground of ungroomed terrain. It was a heavy snow that had legs barking by mid-afternoon, but the mountain skied so nicely, it was difficult to agree with the worn-out muscles doing the work. The only regret, indeed, is that we didn't hit it a day earlier, when powder hounds tracked out much of the new snow.
That wasn't the case a day later at Attitash, where three inches of snow fell overnight into Saturday, when mixed precipitation had some skiers bagging the day after a few runs. Too bad. Though goggles were rendered useless by the freezing rain, multiple trips into the trees on the Bear Peak side provided some of the finest turns this season with the limbs providing a protective canopy from the precipitation while slicing through fresh mounds. Truly, it was some of the finest skiing this season.
Ten minutes before our (all too early) departure, the ice turned to snow, then back to rain, then back to snow. In Vermont, forecasts of rain proved true, if by rain you mean snow. And overnight last night, mountains across the Northeast saw more snow, topped out by Cannon Mountain's 11 inches.
Everybody else may be celebrating that warmup later this week, but it's clear winter is on. March is the best skiing and riding month for a reason, and now we have even more proof why.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.