As midweek arrived in Stowe, the warm temperatures of the weekend have given way to much frostier ones. A gentle snow was falling even in the lowlands — though it wasn’t turning the meadows white. Apparently, Mother Nature has not gotten the memo — spring has sprung. As cousin Jim sagely observed at breakfast, “April is the cruelest month.”
As the final week of this season unfolds, at least the lift-served portion, your scribe remains far, far away enjoying with Ms. Scribe what might be described as the Indy Tour of some of the local favorites of Colorado skiers and riders.
On my blog, the topic that receives the most comments is rear entry ski boots. In particular, Salomon SX-7x/8x/9x boots that gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Believe it or not, there are still folks skiing in those boots today.
By all accounts the winter in Stowe is dying hard. A season that started very slowly without the usual late October or early November snowstorm continues here in the first week of April to deliver quality skiing.
Last season I wrote a column about when Stowe hosted the 1952 U.S. National Championships. C.V. Starr arranged to have top international skiers like Stein Eriksen come to the U.S. to make the event even bigger.
Luckily, however, the ski season extends across the better part of five months of lift service and, as they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Assessing the quality of a season is best done late in the winter.
She was the overall World Cup winner for women’s moguls four times. She won a total of 21 World Cup mogul events. She is in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
Now that daylight savings time has begun, the late afternoons are nice and light, sunshine stays on the front of Mansfield well past noon and hanging out in the parking lot enjoying some barbecue and brew time has become an essential part of the daily ski and snowboard experience.
Where were you when you heard that Mikaela Shiffrin won her 87th World Cup race?
It’s interesting how something that happens today echoes an occurrence in the past, which in turn triggers many memories. I’m sure historians experience this often. This season FIS alpine skiing has offered a couple of examples.
When one looks at the long arc of winter in northern Vermont, March can be counted on to be the best part of the season for both snowpack and weather.