January 12, 2012 4:41pm GM home
As a Massachusetts native, I often find myself clearing up winter weather misconceptions to my friends not lucky enough to have moved north (yet). Throughout most of the year they realize the weather is quite different up here, but in the winter that reality tends to get overlooked.
This mild January is a perfect example–warmer than normal temperatures in Boston means riding bikes and jogging in shorts. At Burke, these milder temperatures mean no need for the extra base layer or facemask and refreshingly “warm” skiing conditions in the 20’s. And while we haven’t had a significant single snowfall event yet, smaller storms have dropped over 45” of snow so far this year (not including snow falling through Saturday AM). Don’t get me wrong–there’s no need to break out the powder skis yet, but the conditions are definitely gaining momentum. The photo above was taken January 8th as we opened our first glade of the season. Yesterday morning, I took my first run on East Bowl, 100% natural coverage, and the majority of the trail had abundant snow. There is a section at the bottom that gets windswept and was tricky, but the remainder of the trail was in great shape. Yesterday afternoon I went cross-country skiing on trails that have no snowmaking, and the coverage is also good. Good enough that Kingdom Trails, our nordic partner, is opening this weekend for cross-country and snowshoeing if you’re looking for some flatter fun.
Back on the Mountain, the cold temperatures this month have allowed us to catch up on our snowmaking on the upper Mountain, and the main trails are all in great shape with edge-to-edge coverage on hard packed but very grippable terrain. At this point the staff at Burke is ready to forget the December that never was and jump right into mid-winter conditions. The chance of 6”-12” through Saturday will really set us up superbly for the MLK weekend, which should be by far the best conditions of the season. So for those of you who have green grass outside your windows, remember it’s still winter at Burke, and the skiing is good.