A quick preview of the next two weeks of welcome winter weather swung through New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley toward the end of February school break. A few inches of snow had fallen, and my kids and I ventured over to King Pine Ski Area for a few hours of playing around in the powder.
On one of our first runs, my wide-eyed daughter stopped to tell me she had found some snow that nobody had skied through yet. Now, I know it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment one finds nirvana and purpose, but I’m pretty sure she found some semblance of both in that moment of fresh tracks. Ten years old, and she’s already set on the right course to discover the Meaning of Life. We’re very proud.
At that point in the 2022-23 skiing and riding season, her discovery at King Pine was a rarity in New England. Rain and temperatures in the 40s is how the vital school vacation week started. Lifts didn’t go on wind hold, they went on lightning hold. There was plenty of slush on the trails, conditions more likened to mid-April than for one of the most financially important stretches in the region’s ski industry. “This winter has been terrible,” Russell Vasquez of New Jersey told Vermont’s WCAX-TV.