LAST WEEKEND AT STOWE WAS A BLAST!!!
The first OvRride three day trip of 2015 was a wild one!!! All the guests were excited and the energy of the crew kept climbing through the end of the weekend! As soon the bus left the city, people were cracking Saranac beers and talking amongst themselves about how there were reports of up to 10 inches of snowfall expected Sunday and that was less than 48 hours away!! Everyone on the trip knew that this weekend was going to be a great one! Three days filled with a bunch of laughs, new friends, and most importantly FRESH NATURAL SNOW! We made a couple stops on the way to freshen up and get some groceries before arriving at Stowe, Vermont just after dark. The groomers were steadily pushing around the fresh and man-made snow from the last couple days. Their lights blazed through the trails as we passed Stowe Mountain on the way to our hotel.
EVERYONE WAS STOWE’KD!!!
We were greeted warmly at the Mountaineer inn with smiles, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies. Everyone grabbed their keys and proceeded to get settled into their rooms. A half hour passed and people started resurfacing in the common areas to play cards and board games. Some other people got on their bathing suits and started enjoying the pool, sauna, and gigantic volcano style hot tub! Snow started to fall around the octagon shaped room as people floated around warming up there muscles for the following day.
RED SKY IN MORNING! WEATHER WILL BE STORMING!!!
FIRST DAY WAS FAST AND FUN!!!
We all woke up at varying times depending how late we stayed up but most people were up early and got after it!!! Stowe has the earliest operating chairlift at 7:30am so people were hyped to get that early shuttle. It was cloudy during the early part of the morning but the sun poked through occasionally and around noon the clouds took over the sky. The cold front was moving in fast. Visibility started to fade and heavy snow started to fall in the highest peak in the east!!!
After a long day of riding there is nothing better than sampling some free beer!!!
MAGIC HAT BREWS ARE TASTY!!!
After shredding on saturday a bunch of us got back on the bus and headed straight for the Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington. We started off at the bar with four free tokens to try any beer they had on tap. Magic Hat had a wide variety of beer that had everyone wanting more, but due to the weather making us arrive a little late, we had to hurry up and drink our brews so we could take a detailed tour of their facility before they closed.
On the way back to the hotel, the BLIZZARD was in full effect. Luckily, we had all bought beer, and drank our way back safe and sound. During the ride we all checked the weather report and it was unanimous: It was going to snow ALL NIGHT with 6-8 inches of accumulation by the time the first chair would be making its way to the top of STOWE! IT WAS GOING TO BE A POW DAY TOMORROW !!!!! CHEEERS ALL AROUND!!!! EVERYONE WAS HYPED!!!
IT WAS DUMPING OUTSIDE!!!
The party quickly went from the bus to the hotel bar downstairs in the Mountaineer Inn. We all played a bunch of drinking games while the Ravens Crushed the Steelers in the first round of NFL the playoffs. People were still in high spirits because every time we looked out the window It was snowing more and MORE!!!!
FIRST CHAIR SUNDAYS!!!
A bunch of us got the second shuttle on Sunday morning which put us on the mountain around 8am. It was still snowing at the top and continued to do so into early in the afternoon. There was a lot of fresh snow off the high speed quad and in the glades closest to the Peak. The snow reports were true, Stowe got 6-10 inches depending on where you were riding. ALL DAY THE CONDITIONS WERE CLEAN AND THERE WERE PLENTY OF FRESH TURNS TO BE HAD!!! THE BEST PART IS THAT NO ONE WAS THERE!!! NO LIFT LINES ALL DAY!!! YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER WAY TO END THE FIRST WEEKEND OF 2015!!!!
NOTHING LIKE A POW DAY ENDER!!!
The Snow Gods Blessed STOWE and OvRride With Some Amazing Conditions! BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT AND HAD A GREAT TIME WITH US! CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN SOON!!!
WORDS AND PHOTOS- Christopher.W.Martin @CMARTPHOTO