For my third day in a row of skiing I headed to Jay Peak. It was an unusually warm -3 this morning when I left the house and jumped all the way up to the high 20s once on the mountain. Conditions at Jay Peak were all over the place, from deep powder, to packed powder, to ice and a fair amount of thin cover with exposed rocks.
The scariest run today was on Jet. The trail was very icy and my edges are super worn down and would not catch. My personal favorites today were Timbuktu Glade and U.N. moguls. I’m pretty sure that I will be skiing these two runs every time I come here. Today was the first time I’ve actually damaged my skis, with two nice gashes from the rocks. I’m just glad I decided not to bring my new skis with me today!
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About “Stoked! Jan’s Ski Blog”
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.
– Jan Eric Welch (Founder of bigwheelblading.com)
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