Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nubble Lighthouse in the middle of the day

A couple of days after the picture in the prior blog post of Nubble Lighthouse just before sunset, Laurie and I had a chance to drive to Maine again.  This time we arrived at Nubble at about noon.  The sun was high and the sky was blue.  These two pictures are the same image, but the second one is cropped to a "panel" the shape of a HD television (16:9).

I like them both, but haven't decided which one I like more.  The first one is simpler. The second one adds a little more "environment".  Do you have a preference.  Email me if you do... I'm curious.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Nubble Lighthouse after skiing

The last couple of posts have been about my day skiing at Sunday River.  On the drive home to Massachusetts along the Maine Turnpike I made a detour to Nubble Lighthouse.  It is an easy 12 minute drive from Exit 7 (York) to the lighthouse parking area on Cape Neddick. I got there about 30 minutes before sunset.  I was not too hopeful.  Though the day had been sunny over Sunday River, along the coast there were thick high clouds and it looked like there might be some snow flurries or rain showers coming.  I took the following picture, thinking it was only going to get darker.

But, about 15 minutes before sunset, the sun dropped below the clouds and for about five minutes gave a bright soft light.  The buildings and tower you see in these pictures are all facing west.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow Devil/ Twister at Sunday River Video

This was taken by me while looking uphill toward the top of White Cap peak, at Sunday River last week:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Skiing Thursday at Sunday River

I skied with Jaimie last Thursday.  Wonderful snow and weather conditions made for some of the best skiing in a long long time.  Here are some random pictures, in chronological order:

Jaimie talking with Rob, who also teaches at Gould

Mt. Washington in the distance (snow capped)

I've been waiting for these ever since my last visit to Sunday River.

late morning coffee time, plus an 8" cinnamon bun.  "That's what I'm talkin' about"

Late lunch: about 2 pm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today: last year vs. this year

Here is last year, as shown on TV today by Barry Burbank
Channel 4 meteorologist

Here is this year

Taken at 9a.m. today.  About 12", the second time in about 10 days

Sunday, March 17, 2013

We had a playful visitor on Saturday

Thursday at Cannon Mountain

Tyler and I were quite surprised to be skiing on Thursday in winter conditions.  We had thought it would be a mostly cloudy day with temps in the 30s.  As we approached the Loon Mountain exit in Lincoln (the exit you would take to drive east along the Kancamangus Highway) the temperature was 31F, but as we got into Franconia Notch just a few miles further north, the temp dropped to 24F, it was snowing moderately, and the top of the mountains were in clouds.  It stayed that way all day, with the temperature never getting higher than 27F. 

The conditions were reasonable, with frozen granular surfaces and a touch of  powder. But, by the afternoon, it got to be a bit "scratchy".  I understand from Cannon's Web site that they groomed the entire mountain Thursday night.  It needed it.

Here are a few images, in chronological order:

These are all the cars in the parking lot when we arrived, admittedly early at 8:15.

Taken outside the lodge at the top

The mandatory cookie and coffee at 11 a.m.

We picked up a few inches of snow throughout the day.  This  picture taken at the upper lodge.

Lunch is served!  (Note to self: don't buy Market Basket ham salad.)

At the top of the Zoomer trail

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Saturday at Sunapee

I can't even remember the last time I skied on a weekend.  But the forecast for Saturday was soooo nice that I couldn't help myself.  I got to the mountain at 8:00 am which I thought would be nice and early so I could ease my way into the day.  But as I was soon to learn, on weekends and school holidays they actually do open at 8:00 a.m.!  The result of this early start time is that when I arrived I managed to just make it into the first parking lot.  The cars were arriving so fast that though I was in the last row of cars, there were still people sitting in their cars in the row in front of me.  They must have arrived only a couple of minutes earlier.

However, with temps predicted to be near 50F, an early start time is a great idea.  In fact, I think I got about 5 runs in the books before 9 a.m.

View from the top of Skyway

It was very crowded, even for the weekend.  I talked with some people on the lift who arrived at 8:30 and just made it into the 2nd parking lot.  When I left at 4:00 p.m.  I could see that all three lots had been full and cars were parked along both sides of the access road.

The uphill capacity at Sunapee is far greater than it was during the "old" days.  The high speed top-to-bottom quad is particularly helpful.  There's a quad in the snow bowl and a triple running to North Peak though they both run rather slowly. But still, this much improves the uphill capacity over the "old" days when both the Snow Bowl lift and the North Peak lift were mere double chairs.

This being a solo skiing day, I took advantage of the singles line at each lift.  The longest I waited was probably 10 minutes.

This mob is actually an organized lift-line on the Summit quad chair lift.
I'm standing in the singles line which runs along the right side.
The wide angle lens makes the distance to the chair seem further than it was.

The day was just as I expected.  The temps stayed below 32F until about 11:30 and then got to about 45F in the early afternoon.  The skies were blue, without a trace of clouds.  The view was magnificent. Mt. Washington was clearly visible.  The snow was awesome packed powder.  It got a bit slow after, say, noon.  But the more easterly runs started to "corn up" about 3:00, just in time for a few fast runs before I decided to call it a day at 3:30.

I decided to wait until the ski racks emptied out before going in for lunch.
I finally had lunch at 2 o'clock.

View from the top of the Skyway trail.  Lake Sunapee below,
and Mt. Washington in the distance (either straight ahead or to the right).

Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow Stopped at 1 pm; 12" total; now 36F

Let the melting begin!

I had to scrape away some snow so you could see the 12" mark!


What's this all about? Approaching 12"

We're still inside looking out.  With boots pulled on, I just took a couple of steps out the front and back doors to take these pictures, at about 11 a.m. 

There's no sign  of it stopping.  The snow blower, as you can see in the fourth picture below, seems to have the gumption to go do its job.  But I don't know that I do.   I was hoping to have something less that 6 inches so we could drive right over it!  After all, the temps are expected to be near 50F the next few days so perhaps it will all melt.