By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
Ski resorts don’t use the word rain, instead they opt for terms like premature snow or wintry mix. Christmas week in ski country often brings a mix. So there we were at Sugarbush Vermont on Christmas Eve. We had a great powder morning, followed by a hearty lunch. As we sat by the window, snow flakes turned to rain drops. I would have been perfectly content with my 10 runs and called it a day to relax by the fire warm and dry. But Greg was eyeing the spinning lifts and said “Come on Heather, let’s ski.”
And so we went out into the rain. We got wet. Just us and a few other brave (crazy) souls on the slopes. We scored half a dozen runs, runs full of soft bumps on Castlerock and squishy snow on Hot Shot. There was not another skier in sight. We laughed, we dripped, we ripped. Our butts were soggy, our goggles foggy, but we were out there having a blast and a splash, skiing the way Mother Nature intended. This was not my first rain ski rodeo, but it had been a few years, serving as a reminder that the intrepid get the goods.
Conclusion: I like skiing in the rain and here are 5 reasons why:
1. When the rain starts, most skiers hang it up, leaving the slopes vacant for the valiant. Besides, someone should keep the liftees company ’til 4.
2. As temperatures move above freezing, the snow softens allowing for super turns in the slushy pliable carpet of creaminess. The moguls mash as you plow through them, sometimes with a little spray of splash.
3. You can test the technical water wicking promises of your ski wear.
4. If you rock a trash bag while skiing, you can be the fashion envy of other skiers who long for a dry derrière on those wet butt chair rides.
5. You never know when the sun will come back out, you could see a mountain rainbow, or the rain could turn to snow.
Also, the fireplace feels really good when you go inside to warm up and dry off. See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke, Sugarbush Photos by Greg Burke