One last great ski

19.Apr.2011 by Patrick O'Brien

This past weekend Ida and I headed north to Craftsbury to pick up some stuff from the farmhouse and squeeze in some of the seasons last real skiing. Aside from a 7 hour layover in my own bed before leaving for Sun Valley, I hadn’t been in Craftsbury since departing for Europe the 28th of February. Before we left for Europe, Craftsbury was definitely flush with snow, and from the sounds of the grooming reports the good skiing only got better by the time the Spring Tour rolled around.  I have to admit though, despite all of the snow this season I was very skeptical on the drive up up north. Warm weather and heavy rain this last week made quick work of what snow remained on the ground here in Southern Vermont.  I was sure that Craftsbury would fare the same fate. I was quite wrong though! Despite much of the snow melting off on exposed slopes and in the fields there was still considerable snow-pack on the core trails

Lots of snow still on the core trails!

Lots of snow still on the core trails!

All the snow farming from the fields onto the trails mid winter...

All the snow farming from the fields onto the trails mid winter...

means there is still great skiing into the middle of April!

means there is still great skiing into the middle of April!

Ida sneaking across the downhill on Ruthies where spring melt jumped the stream and flooded across the trail

Ida sneaking across the downhill on Ruthies where spring melt jumped the stream and flooded across the trail

Wilbur's field

Wilbur's field

PB grooming April 15th! Can't ask for much more than that!

PB grooming and fresh tracks April 15th! Can't ask for much more than that!

If your looking for some great late season skiing and are in the area make sure to hit up the COC. The snow is going to go fast this late in the year and there will probably be some bare patches but judging by the amount of snow left on parts of Race Loop, Bailey Hazen, and Lemons Haunt there should be skiing in Craftsbury for a while yet! Ski it while you can!