Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Paddy's Day Skiing at Attitash

We've been wanting to ski Attitash this winter and were waiting for the right day. Today was the right day. A St. Patrick's Day ski deal had lift tickets selling for $17. The price was right and the weather was cooperating with a spectacular winter day awaiting us. As we drove to Attitash this morning the temperature was 2 degrees with a slight breeze - perfect skiing weather!

 Bear Peak from the parking lot

 Looking at Attitash from Bear Peak

 Snow squalls over the high summits

Attitash Observation Tower

My biggest concern today was parking. I knew that with $17 lift tickets there would be a huge crowd and a filled to capacity parking lot. I usually find the best parking at Bear Peak, today was no exception. The parking lot at the main lodge was filling up fast as we drove by. There was a steady line of traffic pulling into the Bear Peak parking lot but we managed to find a good spot without too much of a walk in ski boots. It's a good thing it stayed cold today or it would have been a very muddy mess.

 Spectacular view from the observation tower

We layered up and made our way over to the ski lodge for our lift tickets. There was a very long line at the Flying bear Quad and no line at the Kachina Triple Chair. The decision was easy, it would be a slower ride up over standing in a long lift line. We worked our way across the mountain peaks from Bear Peak to Attitash. I find going between the two mountains to be half the fun of skiing here.

 Looking down at the Flying Yankee Quad

Bear Peak ski trails

The groomed conditions today were outstanding. The trails were frozen loose granular which made for some very fast and exciting runs. The sky was a mix of sun, clouds and blue sky. During the afternoon the wind picked up and made it very cold at the summits. Cold is good when it comes to skiing especially this time of year when the sun and warm temps can turn the snow soft and sticky. That was not the case today. Occasional light snow squalls were moving through but there was no accumulation.

Another snow squall moving in

After lunch and a couple of more hours of skiing we called it a day. Even with a big crowd today we managed to avoid the long lift lines and got in a lot of skiing. There is still plenty of snow on the mountains. With a big snowstorm forecast for this week and continued cold temps for the next couple of weeks there should be good skiing through the end of March!

Top to Bottom Run

Awesome trail conditions!

Panoramic 360 degree view from Attitash

Having Fun in the Great Outdoors!

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