Snowboard Season Kicks off in Killington

Killington, Dec. 2005
Originally uploaded by chrisjur.

Another year on the slopes….and I couldn’t be happier.

This year, my season kicked off about a week or two later than it has started the past few years, mainly because I did not make an early-season trip out west. However, the small delay had a big payoff.

Temperatures here on the east coast have been low, after an unusually warm fall season and some near-60 degree days in early November. Mother nature came to her senses at one point, though, and dumped a few feet of powder on Vermont in November…unfortunately, it just about all melted quickly after.

Fast forward a few weeks: Snowmaking temps and natural snow have been plentiful this early in the season, and this past weekend was no exception. Thursday brought us a bluebird day with fantasitic conditions. Friday was a 10-inch powder day that was very fun to run. Saturday was a sunny, but typical, weekend day that was a good way to round out the week.

I will be sticking to my local hills until I hit Killington again in mid-January. Then it’s off to Alberta and B.C. Canada around January 21.

Miami Beach in December

Miami Beach – December 2005
Originally uploaded by chrisjur.

Temperatures were dropping here in New Jersey and I had the opportunity to head down to Miami to relax for a 4-day weekend, which was great after a VERY stressful prior month at work.

With an average temp around 80 degrees, I couldn’t complain.

The night I came back into NJ, the thermometer in my car read 17. What a difference!