Skiers ask me where is my home mountain. I ski around, it’s the nature of the ski journalist job. Just this season I have hit 24 different ski resorts, all unique and highly enjoyable. Not bragging, just offering perspective as I pondered where I feel most “at home” on my skis.
Just last week, a midweek day in early April, I was reminded of where I most often find the best conditions and most perfect cord. Our first four consecutive runs were gorgeous untouched groomed corduroy, hardly another skier in sight at Sunday River. We skied from the Chondola to North Peak, Spruce and Barker to the steeps of White Heat all by 10:30.
Our first turns on Tempest, the groomed granular was just starting to soften to spring corn as the sun peaked over the mountains. Wildfire and Right Stuff provided more sweet side to side skiing. After a Foggy Goggle lunch, we skied Jordan’s 1750′ vertical trails – Excalibur and Rogue. Most every trail had wall to wall white carpet, the entire mountain open, over 800 acres, and 50 miles of grooming – midweek in April!! Who does that? Sunday River does, and it feels like home… if I were to have one.
If Sugarloaf is the “King of Spring” and Killington is The Beast of the East, and Stowe is “Ski Capital of the East, then Sunday River is “Cord Capital of the East.” No one grooms like The River, miles of manicured seamless snow. Going off the groomers, Greg and I made a late season discovery – Super Nova glade at Aurora was loaded with natural snow – but I liked Blind Ambition better – more sun and better spaced trees.
That was ski day 45 for me, another #bestdayever, April midweek skiing on the entire mountain, a three foot snow base and the bonus of spring sun. Why put the skis away now? I am shooting to ski 50 this season, there’s still white carpet to crush. Who’s with me?
Sunday River Photos by Greg Burke, 2014