Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weather Channel Interview, Busted Ski and Another Great March Ski Day at Saddleback

We had an interesting week in the @MaineSkiFamily household. After a great ski day on Sunday, Monday looked even better up at Saddleback but work and school called. On Wednesday, I was going to take the day off to go skiing with a co-worker, but the wind was howling, the temps around zero so we did not make the drive up. The lifts ended up not turning so it was a good call not to go. I love winter but I have to say I am getting ready for a bit of spring skiing. I am all done with freezer burn survival skiing for this year!

During the day on Wednesday, I put out a tweet complaining about having to wear earmuffs at noontime in Portland Maine on March 18. A producer from the weather channel saw my tweet and contacted me asking for an interview. They were looking for folks to interview experiencing Maine's never ending winter and said they would show a few of my pictures. I thought my son Alec would be a better interview since he drives most of the image work for this blog. So they lined up Alec for an interview on the Weather Channel during the My Weather segment.

Alec did a great job and it was cool to see him and some of his pics on National TV. Unfortunately our home Wifi internet connection cut out halfway through the segment so they lost the Skype connection. However, Alec still got some air time and they were nice to talk about his pictures even after the connection dropped. Here is a recording of the interview.



Looking at the weather forecast we saw Saturday March 21 was going to be a much nicer day to ski than Sunday. We had another great ski day! We could tell the mid-week winds had really scoured the
Isaac going big in Thrombosis Glade
open areas. However, the groomers were fantastic. Tight Line and Supervisor were great early although they did show some scratch later in the day. 

As they day wore on, it warmed up softening the snow and the skier traffic loosened up the top layer very nicely. Jane Craig, Peachy's Peril, Governor, Nightmare Glades and some of our other favorites skied extremely well in the mid-day sun. Temps got into the mid-30's mid-day. It felt like a heat wave!

There was a great crowd on the hill! It seemed like there were a lot of visitors at Saddleback. Hopefully they all had a great day!

Around mid-day our social media feeds starting reporting about the lift accident at Sugarloaf. The King Pine lift started slipping backwards and some people got hurt. Scary! We were just on that lift last weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

I like to tease my family about throwing down some 'Old Man Air' and thrashing my way down Peachy's Peril (probably my favorite trail) doing some 'Old Man Bumps'. Well, it looks like my 6 Year old Rossi Phantoms have had enough. Halfway down Peachy's I felt my left foot seemingly get loose in the binding after smacking a bump. I stopped and looked down at my binding and all looked OK. So I skied a couple of more runs and in the flats and run outs my left ski just seemed squirrely and would not go straight. We stopped and the Yurt and once I took my ski off I figured it out pretty quickly. Big time de-lamination under my binding!

This... is a problem.

It is the end of the season so there should be deals on skis. I will have to demo some models the next time I am at Saddleback. 

Here is our video recap of the day. Highlights include:

  • Double Jane Craig Cliff Huck at 0:12
  • Governor Head wall entrance at 0:25
  • Black Beauty at 1:17
  • Tri-Color with glimpse of @MaineSkiFamily Mom at 1:50
  • Old Man Cam on Parmacheenee Bell at 2:17
  • Tight line seeded moguls at 2:42
  • Fresh lines in unnamed secret glade 3:02







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