Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2012/13 Ski Season Starts

Although Bretton Woods opened 10 days ago this was the first day of skiing for us this season. It's still late Fall but was feeling like a cold winter day. The temperature was hovering around 26 degrees and there was a steady wind blowing that brought the wind chill down into the teens - perfect!

Bigger Ben

Bretton's Wood

Range View

Mount Washington in the clouds

We arrived at the parking lot and were able to find a spot in front of the lodge. Ticket sales were inside instead of the normal outside windows. This year's price for Sunday afternoon local residents is the same as last year - $20. Thanks Bretton Woods, that's a great deal! This is our favorite resort in New Hampshire.

Bethlehem Express Highspeed Quad

Thin cover

Snow guns blasting!

Making more snow

Today there was three lifts and four trails open. Lifts operating were Zephyr Highspeed Quad, Bethlehem Express Highspeed Quad and Learning Center Quad. Open trails were Range View, Bigger Ben, Bretton's Wood and Rosebrook Meadow.

Big Ben

Covering Upper Swoop

Our first run was down Bigger Ben and Bretton's Wood. The conditions were better than I expected for just snowmaking and having no natural snow. It ranged from packed powder to powder with some hard packed/ice but very little of the latter.

We proceeded to ski all open trails several times over and were able to work the kinks out of our ski legs. There was a mini terrain park set up on the lower part of Range View, allowed us to get some "air time" on a few jumps. Lift lines were minimal and it was a fun afternoon of skiing. Maybe next time we'll break out the snowboards!

 Empty slope

There are no snowstorms in the weather forecast this week but temperatures are expected to remain cold allowing for excellent snowmaking conditions. Snow guns were blasting today and it appears there should be some limited top to bottom skiing for next weekend! Think Snow!!

Departing shot

Having Fun in the Great Outdoors!

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