Friday, February 25, 2011

Is your nose running?

It's cold season.  I've seen this ornamental tissue box once or twice.  I couldn't resist, however, taking a picture of this one that is attached on a wall just inside the door to the upper "warming hut" at Waterville Valley Ski Area.... It makes my nose tickle!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A view from the top

Here's a shot of Tyler at the top of Cannon Mountain looking across Franconia Notch to Mt. Lafayette.  To the left of Lafayette, as you scan along the ridge you can see a snow covered Mt. Washington in the distance.

The second picture is with a bit of zoom.  You can see Mt. Washington and a ski area in the direct line between Cannon and Mt. Washington. 

I do not know for sure what ski area it is.  But when I went to my DeLorme map I found that Bretton Woods is in the direct line between Cannon and Mt. Washington.  Bretton Woods is approximately 2/3rds of the distance to Mt. Washington from Cannon.  The Balsams area is further north and Wildcat is on the other side of Mt. Washington.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cannon Mtn. after the snow clouds departed

Tyler and I drove right past a sunny Loon Mountain and into a cloud-filled Franconia Notch about 8:30 am on Thursday to get to our destination: Cannon Mountain on a 2-for-the-price-of-1 day.   We skied the lower mountain in snow showers all morning as the top of the mountain was closed and socked in.  The morning skiing on the "front five" was terrific, with plenty of powder and bottomless moguls.  There was enough light filtering through the clouds to give us well-defined details in the snow which was a great help.

Excitingly, at about lunch time the upper quad chairlift began operating and very quickly the clouds began to disappear, leaving us with an afternoon of glorious sun and blue skies.  Here a a few pictures, all taken in the afternoon and shown in chronological order.