Although we had warm temperatures yesterday and it had rained all night, I still decided to check out Burke Mountain this morning. Since the conditions have been so good recently, I was hoping it wouldn’t be too bad even with the rain. On the lift ride up I asked the two guys on my chair how the mountain was and simultaneously they answered “terrible”. From their reaction, I decided against starting off on a more difficult run.

Ice Ice Done

I made my way down Carriage Road, which was rough, icy and caused my skies to keep trying to get away from me. At the narrow first mogul descent there was a skier struggling to get down. I decided to pass him on the edge, which was thick wet snow. my skis stuck causing me to loose control and fall down an embankment into the trees and shrubs. Once I crawled back out and got back into my skis, I decided to ski straight to my car and call it a day. As soon as I left it started snowing and hasn’t stopped all day. Tomorrow’s conditions will be much better! Now I just need to decide if I want to head back to Burke or go up to Jay Peak.


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I’ve spent my entire life living in cities, where I was able to urban, distance and aggressive skate all year long. In December of 2017 I moved to rural Vermont and found myself in the dead of winter, with snow all around me. Winters in Vermont are long and harsh, making skating nearly impossible 4-5 months out of the year. I live 2.5 hours from the nearest city and an hour from the nearest trails, making skating even in the summer much less frequent then I was used to.

Something needed to supplement my skating during the off season, so I took up skiing on January 2nd of 2019. From the moment I put on skis, I was hooked! Skiing gives me the exact same feeling I get from urban skating. Through skiing I am able to replicate the feel of carving around on city streets and playing on whatever obstacles catch your eye. This blog chronicles my stoke on skiing during my skating off season.

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