Butter Cream, Gritz…Crystalline Micro-Pow! These were just a few of the names we gave the snow under our skis while enjoying turns in one of our farming neighbor’s pastures last season. The dust-on-crust conditions from earlier that week had evolved into a surface of dense, crystalline powder that was well bonded to a firm 2-3″ base – and we had stumbled upon perfect conditions for ripping lower angle pastures. Someone counted off ten runs during our sunset session. Two thousand vertical. Cool.
Our pasture session was just the latest in a string of skiing adventures shaped by the especially thin-cover conditions prevailing in Northeast US last season. And while the snowpack remained stubbornly thin and the deep stuff was in short supply, it was by so many measures just another wonderful ski season – albeit one that forced us to be more creative than usual, to scramble when even a few snowflakes started to fly, and to slow down and simply enjoy what we had to work with.
Here are a few images to share that illustrate the thin cover therapy we endured: