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40. Thursday, February 2nd

Welcome to your Weekend Preview! The cold weather is starting to sink in but the skiing and riding has never been better. We've got a conditions update for you for this morning thanks to our subscriber, Dan, who lives for waking up slopeside and getting a morning climb in under his belt. We like Dan. Be more like Dan and brave the cold temperatures to get the early-mornin' groomers. We also have a weekend preview for you on how to stay warm thanks to The Boot Pro, other off-mountain activities you can explore, and how the snow conditions and weather is coming together.

Okemo Mountain Snow Report
Snow-covered and frozen fire tire at the summit of Okemo

We love when our subscribers and friends want to take the reigns for the day and get after the slopes for us. Neither myself (Abby) nor my sidekick Noah could make it today, so thanks again to our cheerleader Dan for the intel. He started his uphill climb at the Jackson Gore base and took the approved uphill route to the summit. He then made his way up to the tippy-top to snap this epic photo of the fire tower. In perfect timing, he was able to take two more laps via lifts to enjoy the terrain.


Dan can confirm that the groomed trails are fantastic. Despite the cold temps, the top inch or so is very soft and skiable. It's not that frozen corduroy that causes you to skid out of control, instead, it's buttery and carvable. Just how we like it. The ungroomed terrain, however, is a bit challenging due to the frigid air. Dan took a detour through Whispering Pines on his way down and learned that the snow is pretty much hard as a rock except for a few remaining powder stashes between moguls. We can assume the rest of the glade trails are following suit with areas of ice and skied-off sections. Dan suggests that you stick to the groomers today, lap the bubble chair, and take a lot of breaks for a hot cuppa.

 

Pro Tip: Trust me when I say that heated socks are life-changing. Compatible with your ski boots, snow boots, ice skates, and stay-at-home slippers.

 

Today's Quick Facts:

🎿 Trail Count: 117

🚡 Lift Count: 12

🔫 Snowmaking: Wild Thing, Black Out, Easy Street, and Lower Sel's Last Night!

🥾 Uphill Updates: There will be no daytime uphill travel this morning due to racing on Chief. Uphill Travel is authorized after 1:00 PM up Homeward Bound, crossing over to Chief at the Sugar House.

🌡️ 20s today & -2 degrees by 7 a.m. tomorrow


Gear to Keep You Cozy & Warm:

Our friends at The Boot Pro will quite literally change the way you approach skiing in the cold this weekend. They have all the best gear to keep you toasty while taking hot laps. From heated socks and gloves to vests, all of their heated items are 20% off right now! Take it from me, I cannot live without my Lenz heated socks. I've used the same pair for three seasons now and it's allowed me to ski more runs before needing a break. Visit their shop at the base of the access road to check out their Hotronic boot warmers and heated socks, Hestra heated mitts and gloves, and heated vests.

Off-Mountain Activities:

While skiing is obviously the superior winter activity, there are lots of other things to do in Ludlow this weekend if you're hibernating (like me, but not Noah!) and thawing out from your ski day. Start your après ski early and hang out at The Loft, The Killarney, Main + Mountain, Off the Rails, and Outer Limits to name a few eating and drinking establishments. Don't have a babysitter? Bring the whole family to Gamebird so you can sit at the bar while your kids duel it out with Guitar Hero III and Ms. Pacman. Do a hot chocolate crawl and do the most minimal amount of skiing by hopping to 43 North, the Summit Lodge, the Sugar House, and the Roundhouse, to name a few. Don't forget to check out our local shops like Blue Sky Trading Post, Three Graces, Depot Street Gallery, and the Wine & Cheese Depot. Defrost in the heated pools and hot tubs at the Spring House and purchase a day pass to crush your partner in a game of racquetball or do your hot girl walk on the treadmill.


Snow Conditions Overview:

Honestly, the skiing is going to be great if you are confident enough that your layering skills are a match for the below-freezing temperatures. We've got lots of snow recently and the snowmaking team has been opening more terrain every day, so the conditions are truly top-notch. We are going to see high winds, which could be a dealbreaker for those of you planning to stick to the bubble chairs. If they are running, you'll want to take advantage of those heated seats and coverage to increase your time on the slopes. Noah will be skiing this weekend so stay tuned for more down-to-earth snow reports.

 

"If you aren't 'yeeeewwwing' then 'yeeewww' are you?" - Hannah Farrow 🤠
 

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Think snow,

Abby + Noah


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