trail, Mt Mansfield
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Andrei, Sebastien, Nathan, Catie and Mike went
on a day trip to ski the
Teardrop trail on Mt Mansfield. It's a backcountry
ski trail that descends
the west side of Mt Mansfield, cut just wide
enough to link turns.
When asked at the border about food, Mike answered
"We just have sandwhiches" so Andrei could keep
This was Catie's first time backcountry skiing
and first time on tele skis.
The trail was rough and tracked up but Nathan
had a lot of confidence
in Catie. Andrei, Seb, and Mike wondered if this
would turn into a
relationship breaker. Catie did great skinning
up, so this was a good sign.
The skinning was a bit difficult. The small amount
of dry snow
on top of the hard base didn't hold well. Andrei's
skins in particular
were not so good. He even lost his balance while
nature's call, but I wouldn't blame that on the
Nathan and Catie yoyo'd the lower part of the
Upper Teardrop trail,
while Andrei, Seb, and Mike continued up. They
stopped below the
summit to eat lunch. Clouds moved in and they
were getting cold, so
they decided to ski down from there. First a
quick warm-up on the
trail beforing heading into the glades. The conditions
in the glades
were tricky. A few inches of powder on
top of breakable crust.
They managed to crank some good turns.
When they exited the glades at the C.C.C. road,
Nathan and Catie were
heading up the trail for another run. The snow
was really coming down.
They caught up to Nathan and Catie and checked
out how they were
doing. Nathan had to the get the feel for old
school tele'ing again. Catie
was using his gear, so he had his old leather
boots and Mike's old classic
cut (80-60-70) lightweight skis. Catie handled
the backcountry conditions
very well. They continued on the Lower Teardrop
trail back to the cars.
Andrei, Seb, and Mike headed back into the woods.
They got some
more turns but angled too much to the right (north),
ending up at a
stream. They crossed it but it sucked, so they
crossed back, crossed
again, and crossed back, finally sticking to
the south side to follow it out.