Monthly Archives: April 2014
Making the transition from ski-mode to warm-weather activities has never been easy for me, but it gets better every year as I learn more about climbing.
What started out as a summer fling has bloomed into a year round activity with the help of the local gyms, but nothing can ever beat the thrill of going outside, at least for me.
There’s no shortage of opportunity to recreate in New York but there really is something special about participating in a sport that exists in such a stellar form in my own backyard.
At its best, spring skiing means sunny skies, warm temps and light clothing, soft snow, and for those over 21, lots of beer. However, it also means that the end is near.
I’m primarily a downstate skier and my home mountains, Mountain Creek and Hunter, are closed. At this time of year, my options are north. This year my family headed to Whiteface for Easter.
It’s an awesome mountain in the springtime. With tons of sustained vertical, no cat tracks to get stuck in, and High Peaks views, it doesn’t get any better. I had an amazing Easter weekend skiing The Face.
A ski mountain’s reputation for management is tied, in part, to temperature and precipitation. There are exceptions but it’s certainly easier to be a ski ops genius when it’s cold and snowy.
When it comes to spring, base depth is the key, and it’s also affected by some factors beyond a GMs control. Ideally you’ll get and/or make enough snow to survive some inevitable spring rain to spin lifts on some warm and sunny weekends, satisfying passholders and selling more passes for the next season.