I skied my last run Sunday morning under brilliant blue sky. Sunday River’s American Express trail was seamlessly groomed with a sparkling layer of freshly-windblown snow on top, one of the best runs of the season. My skis carved easily into the satiny snow, and the only sound was the whoosh of my skis over the crisp, cold snow. What a perfect run to end my season on.
Not a chance. I can’t leave all that snow, pack up my skis and my favorite pastime for eight long months. Not when it’s still winter in the mountains, with loads of snow and most every trail open. No way, there are four or five more weekends left to ski. And I still need to get my fix of sunny spring corn days, soft squishy bump runs and baselodge deck barbeques. The weather on Saturday and Sunday felt like January, and the snow conditions did too. Spring has yet to arrive in ski country.
If you missed last weekend’s wintry skiing, you missed a show of gigantic tricks from the best freeskiers in the world, and a few phenomenal falls, at Sunday River’s Third Annual Dumont Cup. Exciting that 17-year-old Nick Goepper from Indiana won the event and $12,000 in cash presented by the event’s host, Simon Dumont himself.
Speaking of big events, the best are yet to come. April 2-3, Sunday River hosts Parrot Head Festival, and the 23rd Bust n’ Burn mogul competition which will move back to the beastly bumps of White Heat where it all began in 1988 – when the event and the trail debuted. Now, if only The Legends of Freestyle would come back – the likes of Wayne Wong and Scotty Brooksbank to revitalize one of the best spring ski bashes in ski country. Bust n’ Burn has seen declining participation in the past few years, so perhaps returning to its original venue will ramp it back up.
So stop thinking about spring, and go savor the rest and best of the ski season. There are bound to be more ski ticket and lodging deals rolling out in the next days and weeks as those bigger resorts remaining open try to lure you away from your summery sentiments.