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I'd like to be all excited here, raving about all kinds of ice and snow that will get you folks all drooling - sharpening up those ice screws and crampons and pulling out the winter boots. However, The most exciting winter thing that's happened up here this week was Bretton Woods Ski Area opening for a day and offering free skiing for all comers! From what I understand it wasn't great, but it was better than the nothing that we've had for the past 6 months and it did get the downhill community all hot and bothered. That said, from my standpoint the most exciting part of this week was my beloved Red Sox winning the World Series and clinching it at home. Not exactly an outdoor winter sport I know, but if you're a baseball fan ya gotta admit that watching that team come back after last year's debacle was a real treat.
I have to say that it's sure been cold the past 4-5 days. It's a shame, tho not entirely unexpected, that we've got a cold front and rain moving through over the next several days. This time of year we often have a cold spell, followed by a warmup, rinse and repeat until after Christmas vacation. I have no idea what this year's going to bring us, regardless of what the ever-illustrious Farmers Almanac may be predicting. I just take things as they come and hope for the best. Right now I'm anxiously waiting for the real winter to show up so I can get out on the ice, break out the xc-skis and put my studded tires on the mountain bike. While I wait I'm gonna grab the occasional sunny rock day and ride my mountain bike as often as I can. The shoulder-season days do offer some fun activities if you're patient and willing to take them as they come.
Stay tuned -
Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop:
I got a notice from our friendly local Snow Rangers about this great workshop taking place on November 9th. It really looks like it's going to be an excellent event so I signed up right away. If you spend a lot of time out there playing or working in the snow, I think it would be an excellent thing to take advantage of. You can read more about it here -
While the ice is going through a bit of a change, what with the weather being so cold, it's still very good in most places. With the longer days and more intense sunlight we should start to see some refreshing going on, as soon as the temps moderate. Most climbs in the direct sun are starting to see a little water during the day, in spite of the cold. The stuff in the shade that's looking a bit beat up and that in the direct sun is a little pinky. That said, it looks as if this weekend things are going to moderate, so it should be a good one.
BTW I am aware that some of today's pix are of a decidedly poorer quality than we all are used to. This is because my main camera's battery pack died and I had to use my cell phone camera - sorry about that.
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