If there is one single reason I delved into skiing three years ago, simply put, it was to to enjoy the outdoors and glide through the forest enjoying the ups and downs of it all. As I awoke this Thursday morning, quite groggy I might add, the first thing that came to mind was to continue skiing somewhere I had left off with Sarah a week ago. Sarah was busy with work, so naturally I called Mike, the Chong to my Cheech- I'm sure he'll be absolutely flattered with that analogy.
So here it was Groton State Forest on a beautiful bluebird day in Vermont with temps in the 40's?! We used access across the lake into Groton SF. As you make your way across the lake you clearly see the granite cliff of Marshfield Mt. (elev. 2,154 ft). This was where Sarah and I had left off to ski another day just last week when the temps were in the single digits. Now, however, we found ourselves on great Spring corn snow.
Sarah and I have BC skied at some great spots and more than a few are well guarded or well known for that matter. Many of these spots need drive time, the info and well, the snow pack to get there. This year has been a bit different from last year and I believe last year had us just a little spoiled....OK more than a little spoiled. As things go here in Vermont, I hear most of you are out there making the best of it, which is all one can do. One thing we really enjoyed last year especially in our "new" neck of the woods was skiing out the back yard or a short drive a way. This has always been at the core of what we believed in especially when we lived in Montpelier and found ourselves car-less. Hubbard park was "the" scene as we were often there or in the Worcester Range, a slight distance away.
|A little bush whacking..|
|One of Mike's first descents although I think Odin may have beat him to it?|
|The cliffs of Marshfield Mt. 2,154 ft.|
|The Birch trees were astounding|
Groton SF has many places to explore whether on foot, cycling, snowshoeing, paddling or skiing. Many trails are multi-use and you will find that the CVT becomes a great avenue in which to explore it. In winter the CVT becomes a snow mobile trail and is quite popular.
|As I said " More beaver ponds than you could shake a stick at"|