Took a stroll up Smuggs yesterday to check things out. It was thin, probably 8" of dense snow up higher. Good to get out in some snow and start working my touring muscles at least, although I did get some fun survival turns in as well. It wasn't bad as long as there was grass underneath and not rocks lol.
Woke up today to three to four inches of nice fluffy powder on mid mountain Bolton, thinking of trying to get in something tonight or tomorrow AM. Did anybody get up to the summits today?
Also, the mountaineer is Keene Valley (Adirondacks) is doing an intro to Avalanche safety and rescue on January 18th and 19th. I just signed up, let me know if your going to join in and maybe we can work out a car pool.
Yeah I looked into them, but I just don't have the money to drop on a full course right now, but I don't want to fly blind either. I figured this would give me enough knowledge to get started here on the east coast, then I'll save up for a more intensive course when I start to look into trips out west.
I made it out on Bolton in the dark just to give the new split a try and I am hooked! Really can't wait to get out to some good back country with it this winter. (no pics as I was by myself). As far as snow was concerned, I made it up to about 2500 feet (just above timberline mid station). There was probably about 5-6 inches of dense snow.
Also, from a friend. This was Stowe today I would say that those reports of 12 inches plus are true.
Unfortunately, I will be at work during daylight hours tomorrow but I hope one of you goes out and gets some!