Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Submitted on February 16, 2019 by rocket21 (1408 Rating1408)
Session SessionMorning
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeRetail Price
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions85% open; Packed Powder, Powder
Glades GladesDid not venture in, but plenty of base.
Moguls MogulsOn the steeps on the Bailey side.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)A few features on Lang.
Run of the Day Run of the DayLaForce
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageFilled to the brim with college racers; did not partake.
Comments CommentsCrowd avoidance strategy worked out well. Despite full parking lots (and lining quite a bit of highway), there were no lift lines (ski-on just about every run, every lift) or crowded trails. The ski area has terrain similar to Pico, and may have about as much skiable acreage, yet prices are much lower.

Unfortunately Allen was closed for racing. Interestingly, RTA was also closed, even though it looked like one could descend it and lower Allen without coming close to the course. Other than those and the quasi-trail that goes under the Worth Mountain Chair, everything else was open.

On the front side of the main mountain, Voter and Ross were the only groomed trails, and were skiing fine. Proctor had a few thin spots, but the loops were good.

On the Sheehan complex, Lang, Cameron, and Kelton (except headwall) were groomed. Lang was good, as was Kelton. Cameron had a nasty blue ice flow under much of the headwall.

In the Bailey Falls complex, only Wissler had been groomed last night. Meredith and Fletcher to Lift Line had seen some grooming prior to last night, but had an inch or two of new powder. Everything else was pretty much ungroomed. LaForce had the softest powder. The very top of the complex (under the lift and the entrance to Voter) was pretty rough with ice/thin spots.

The unmarked abandoned Poma complex was a treat. The three trails are still clear and can be accessed from the top of the Sheehan chairlift with a long traverse and a few small uphills. I had second tracks on the Poma line and first tracks on the trail just south of it. The trail that loops around to Hadley also had plenty of untouched, low angle powder.
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