Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring skiing at Bolton valley

What a beautiful Tuesday it was. Odin and I skinned up lower Bolton and made turns despite ice moguls the size of Shamu.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

To many skis? such thing.

Spring is in the air and so comes the ideal weather to get out on skis and your bike. Although if you're a mountain biker you're more than likely finding yourself impersonating a road cyclist. So as the warm weather approaches we are more than likely here in Vermont to have one more powder day than find our fat tires on hardpack singletrack up North Branch or in "The Kingdom" cruising Old Webb. Till then may your skis, snowboard or tires find you well.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Co pilot

Who could ask for a more loyal co pilot?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Can't wait for Spring...

Picked up this 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er on sale at Onion River Sports last weekend.

It's going to sit in my apartment and tease the crap out of me until mud season ends...

First time on top of Vermont...

Summit of Mt. Mansfield, 4,393 ft.
Veterans Day 2007

Sorry folks, this one is sacred.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'll second that.

I've been asked by GreenMountainLines to make regular contributions and hope my first post below is a good start.

Several Montpelier friends and I headed up to a portion of the Catamount Trail in Stowe with three dogs and four pairs of Karhus, evenly divided between Guides and Tenth Mountains, right after noon on Tuesday. Though it was pretty cold out we were all venting on the way up and maintaining a steady pace. We stopped at the top for thermoses of tea, Clif bars and dried fruit at a great spot where someone had taken the trouble to rig up several porch swings facing Southwest into the sun, overlooking the Mansfield range. We could see the slopes of Stowe from where we sat munching and the sun warmed us until we began moving again. We made a quick loop around the summit and headed down. It was a pretty quick trip on the way back with a detour at the car to check out the ice in a small gorge that is a popular climbing spot in the winter. There were several pumps going that constantly spray water on the cliff face and had produced some pretty impressive ice for climbing. By this point I was pretty cold and beat and struggled back up to the car, looking forward to some Alchemist food and brews.

The Alchemist is worth the fifteen minute drive and arranging of a DD: they rotate through a variety of high quality microbrews that they produce themselves, coupled with an interesting and eclectic mix of appetizers (try the sweet potato fries), entrees and desserts. The dining room is a little small and the wait for a table can be significant (usually worth it) towards the weekends. But on a Tuesday night apparently we can start with a table for 5 and end up with one of 10 without much trouble.

Once the word got out, we had a lot of takers for dinner and drinks last night: LN and Katy showed up post hip hop class and best buds Sarahbear and T cruised up in the new sled to join us. Pretty good for a random Tuesday night...

The place

If you happen to be skiing or riding anywhere in the general vicinity of the Alchemist in downtown Waterbury this is "the place" to be afterwards. Trust us..... Good beer+good skiing+good friends= Good times. Check em out