After various holiday/weather-related holdups, Sunday served as my inaugural local turns of the season on what was supposed to be the final day of this more than two-week cold snap on the East Coast. While it's small potatoes compared to up north, people were seeing -12F readings in their cars driving up and by the time I was on the lift at 9:15, it was a brisk -6 but at least there was no wind. The hill was empty during the first hour; however, a decent crowd eventually turned up and as always, lifts were ski-on.
I was with a group of eight from Harv's NY Ski Blog and the only one not on teleskis -- that's how they roll upstate:
As befitting the temps, conditions were nice and chalky for the first few hours. The ungroomed was a wee bit stiff in spots but kept getting better as the day went on. The rime-covered branches on several traverses were a nice touch:
Depending on where you went in, the woods were either ready for action or in need of one more storm: