I could have also titled this, 5 desperate skiers climb a mountain in search of the last dregs of snow. Burlington received a little snow this past week, Essex a little more, but the mountains really got hammered. While the snow in Burlington has completely disappeared, Stowe is still hanging onto some snow.
The email arrived late last week; Cinco de Mansfield would take place on Saturday, May 1st. I haven’t done a lot of skiing in the last few weeks, my season really ended in March for some reason. I packed a pair of skis, boots, poles, skins, and cameras into the car and headed to Stowe for our 11:00am start.
It was looking pretty bare at the bottom when we arrived. Instead of heading up the gondola, we stuck to Nose Dive.
I guess there were 6 of us – how could I forget Carter? He spent the day looking for snowballs and squirrels.
Cinco de Mansfield wouldn’t be complete without margaritas at the top. Chris played bartender this year and mixed up a tasty drink.
After some time relaxing at the top, it was time to ski. The first turns down Nose Dive were sticky and challenging. I took a digger on my second or third turn and then started to figure out my balance again. It turns out I missed skiing in the month of April. What an odd ski season.
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