Now That’s More Like it

Daybreak over Stratton.

Happy Holidays! New England is finally getting the goods! It started in Maine and has descended upon Vermont. Mad River and Jay have been the recipients of a gracious Old Man Winter, and finally Southern Vermont was able to get in on the action as well. It was a rough start to the season but it’s working out perfectly for the holiday week to come. Not to mention the  back country is filling in very nicely as well!

This morning I was awoken by the sound of the sidewalk outside our house getting the snow removed, it was really early for me around 5:45. I looked out the window and it was a crystal clear starry sky. I knew I had to go. In record time I was able to get my gear together, eat, take the dog out, and pick up  a cup of coffee for the ride. I am rarely up this early and forgot how peaceful it is. I also was reminded of the fact that there may only be an inch on the ground down here in the valley (or the banana belt as I’ve often heard it referred to). However once your up on the mountain it all changes.

The Taconics.

I arrived at the “Sun Mountain” a little after seven and daybreak had begun. I  began my ascent but not without stopping a couple time to shoot some photos. Near the top I saw only one other person who had the same idea as me. Although I’ve been up here many times the views with coupled with the sunrise just made it that much more awesome! The descent was just as good as the climb—smooth groomers with some soft pockets. I was able to find some really good “stashes” of powder which got me to thinking about heading out into the backcountry. As I headed back to the truck the parking lot was filling up quickly and with good reason! And I was off to do some touring.

First turns of the year for me in SOVT backcountry.

Whether you live up here or your just up for the week have a great holiday, keep thinking snow, and get out there!





Greg Rems

Avid Vermont enthusiast, be it telemarking, cycling, running, hiking, or anything outside. Chef de Cuisine the Inn at West View Farm in Dorset, Vt. Living in Arlington.