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Ski Day #4 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire) — February 1, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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The fourth & last Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and given that it is ‘sponsored by them’ (so to speak) back at Gunstock, in Gilford. It was luckily, and to my intense relief, nowhere as cold as last week — and it was brutal last week. It was warmer BUT it was a miserable day as you can easily tell from the picture. No blue skies. No sun. Just dark, dreary grey clouds and pelting snow showers in the morning. We, however, prevailed.

The kids are amazingly resilient and buoyant. They were just glad that it wasn’t cold. They enjoyed themselves. We even went to the Summit — three times with the kids.

Since I continue to ski while the kids have their 1-hour, compulsory lesson, I probably skied a tad more than they did.

It snowed, lightly, all morning. Kind of got covered in light snow while sitting on the chair lifts. Also made the skiing surface a slightly slick and choppy. So, it wasn’t the best of skiing. Soft, fresh snow — and NO, NO, it was NOT powder. I don’t think we have had powder in New Hampshire in a long while.

Well, it is done. As far as I know there were no major (or for that even minor) mishaps. That is always a relief. I was trying to work it out today, sitting on a ski lift. This was probably the sixth or seventh year that I have champorened ski parties — this, however, the first in the U.S. They rest were all in Italy, way back, with British school kids. Skiing in the alps is a whole nother kettle of fish.

This was more skiing than I have done in a decade. Not sure whether I will go out again this winter. If I do, I will sure let you know.


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Ski Day #3 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire) — January 25, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Third Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and we were back at Gunstock. This took fortitude. It was BITTERLY cold, bloody cold. Much colder than last Thursday, and it had been cold then.

The forecast had called for 19°F (-7°C). When we were leaving at 1:45pm, with the Sun close to its peak, the Quest thermometer read 17°F (-8°C). It had been much colder in the morning.

When I got there at 7:50 in the morning, I was but the 4th vehicle in the visitor car park! I knew we were in for a challenging day. Other than the kids there weren’t many others around. Some of the kids stayed back too. This had some benefits. Zero lines and EMPTY, totally empty runs. I used the ‘Tiger Claw’ lift which serves mainly ‘intermediate’ and ‘expert’ terrains and much of the day I was the ONLY rider. Suffice to say I had the slopes to myself as some of the pictures testify.

The kids were cautioned against going to the Summit because of the cold — the long ride up being the main issue. Teischan took that to heart. She stayed on the lower slopes all day. I ventured further out once I had gauged the piste.

Gunstock, belying expectations, had done a VERY GOOD job grooming. I only encountered exposed ice on one slope — i.e., ‘Smith’ — and that is their widest slope. As such the 3 – 4 bare ice patches were easy to easy and easy to avoid. The rest of the slopes/trails were hard packed, but groomed piste. It was semi-hard, technical skiing BUT I enjoyed it. The skiing was fast and that always pleases me.

The kids did good. I skied more than I expected and more than most of the kids! That was not expected. Didn’t ski as much as the last two ski days, BUT you had to be there to appreciate how cold it was.

Well, another ski day done and dusted.

We were all glad when it ended — uneventfully.

One more day left and we are all hoping that it will be WARMER.

 


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Ski Day #2 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire).

by Anura Guruge


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Second Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and I was back at Gunstock as one of the MANY, MANY chaperones.

It was another good day, BUT boy was it cold, especially so in the morning. Low 20°F (-7°C) with a strong, incessant breeze. I got there at 8am and we started skiing at 9:15am. By 11am I had to come in because I was cold and had lost feeling in my fingers though wearing ‘good’ (but old) skiing gloves. The ‘kids’ were already in for lunch — so that was OK. It was 10 – 15°F colder than it had been the prior Thursday — BUT we all knew that that was exceptional.

Despite the cold (and yes, there are many (albeit much younger (and often much fatter than I)) would consider 20°F for skiing just fine) it was a GLORIOUS day. Blue skies and the sun beating down. After lunch, the breeze dropped and it was quite nice.

Gunstock had done a great job grooming SOME of the trails. And coming down those were FUN. Hard, tight packed — but not frozen — piste. Loved that. Some trails were left — intentionally I assume — ungroomed and the snow was slushy and harder to work.

But, we had fun. Had to stop at 1:35pm since the buses leave close to 2pm (though I bring Teischan back home with me). We did a fair amount of skiing. The kids did the Summit to bottom at least 3 times — maybe 4. I did it one extra time.

It was good. Sorry about the out of focus pictures. That is the Google Pixel 2. Guess taking pictures of Teischan skiing down — while I am on a chairlift going up is just a tad too much motion.


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Went Skiing For The First Time In 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire).

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This is the earliest, in the year, that I have gone skiing in over 20-years! My days of skiing in -20°F (-29°F) are long gone. I have become a warm-weather skier.

But, I lucked out today and it is NOT often that I enjoy good luck of late.

It was in the mid-40°s Fahrenheit — i.e., ~6° celsius. That is WARM for us.

We had a blast. You could, if you wanted, ski without gloves or a jacket. It was GREAT.

I had, in a fit of impetuousness, forgetting my advanced age and dubious health, volunteered to be a chaperone for Teischan’s ski program — knowing full well that it was all in January.

Lucked out. IF they had NOT cancelled last Thursday, I most likely would have died from the cold.

Today, was something else.

Plus, though there were number of school programs at Gunstock, it felt EMPTY. No lines.

We skied from top-to-bottom, i.e., from the Summit back to the Summit Chair Lift, four or five times and most of the time we had the slopes to ourselves. It was fun.

Since this is a school program, all the kids have to take a 1-hour lesson. This is Teischan messing around. She is a fairly proficient skier. She just does not want to show that to folks during her lessons.


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by Anura Guruge