|Isaac with some Black Mountain Air|
|Getting Ready for the Fire Hose Race|
The groomers were spot-on at Black. Very creamy for our first few runs. With the mountain only open Friday to Sunday, we thought we would find some nice untracked snow from the mid-week storm. While the southern slopes sheltered us from the wind, it also allows the sun to really beat down on the slopes. What ended up happening in the natural terrain is the first inch or snow of powder melted, then froze overnight causing a crust on the snow. A bit disappointing in that Black had cut a bunch of glades but we really could not get in them. In some of the shady areas, the snow stayed soft but for the most part a solid crust had formed. The temps warmed above freezing in the afternoon which helped loosen things up a bit.
|Finding some Black Fresh|
There was a nice crowd a Black which was great to see. Lots of families enjoying the slopes together. I have skied both Black and Big Rock this year, both owned by the Maine Winter Sports Centers. They only charge $15 for a lift ticket which is an unbelievable value. Good for them to promote healthy and affordable winter fun!