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In this issue: A Real New England Christmas
Yes, I am one of those skiers who wants to keep skiing. This past week I have skied at Sunday River with family and friends. Yesterday, I hiked up to Tuckerman Ravine with my son Kevin. Yes, I am die-hard skier. It was a sunny bluebird day with strong winds. I skied Hillman’s and my son scared me by heading into Dodge’s drop. It was so icy there he had to use his ice axe. Hillman’s on the other hand was soft and slushy. The Sherbune trail ( with a few breaks) was skiable to about .5 mile of Pinkham. The lower half will be closed soon I am sure. Skiing at Tuckerman’s is like extending the ski season. The sad part is to ski down and watch it end as the bare patches grow. The hardest part is taking the skis off and carrying them back down the hiking trail. It is a sure sign the skiing season is over.
Eileen – I’ve been meaning to head to Tuckerman’s this spring. It’s been a few yrs since my last trip, but you just re-inspired me. Yesterday a couple friends and I were considering changing it to a hiking trip bc we were feeling lazy, but I think we need to ski.
For those of us in Northern NE, there is no spring. There is only mud season, followed by bug season. The longer winter lasts, the shorter those seasons are — because summer starts on Memorial Day regardless. The other advantage of a long winter is that you get more and more of the best combination that Mother Nature offers: sun and snow. I never ski as long into the “spring” as I want to. But I always have a hard time admitting that I really am done.
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