Today’s conditions at Burke Mountain are what I’ve dreamed about all season long. Skiing there today was definitely the best way I could have possibly ended 2019. I checked online to see what trails would be open, hoping to ski some new terrain. According to the website the only newly open trails were Upper Lift Line, Upper Bear Den and Graham Slam. I was still excited to ski this terrain, so I made my way to the mountain.

Ropes Being Dropped Left And Right

Putting on my boots in the base lodge, I overheard that patrol was checking trails and starting to drop ropes. My prayers had been answered! Patrol opened up a huge stash of untouched terrain, including East Bowl, Sasquatch, Upper Power Line, Wilderness, Powderhorn, Carriage House, Upper Doug’s Drop, parts of Deer Run, parts of Big Dipper and Dipper Doodle.

All these trails were un-groomed and full of beautiful deep powder. Sasquatch is the first glade of the season that they’ve opened and it was the first run I hit today. This led me to Wilderness and Powderhorn which were covered in fluffy mounds of powder. This was by far the funnest day I’ve had on the slopes since last season. Added bonus: no lift lines. 🙌🏻. ..
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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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