Early Season Stoke
An early morning view from atop Stowe Mountain Resort. Photo by Greg Covello.
It’s the beginning of the season at Stowe and the stoke is high. The Mansfield parking lot filling up on opening day, with cars that have mountain bikes along with skis and snowboards loaded on the roof or in the back of the pickup, early season conditions making it possible for people to take advantage of a multi-sport day. Skiers and riders have been chomping at the bit to kick off their winter season. Some folks have not wasted any time, skinning up before the sun rises, ducking ropes and dodging shark teeth to get their seasons first face full of fresh. Others are there to rip a couple laps so they can crack a few beers and celebrate the beginning of the long winter here in VT.
With each wave of excitement comes the inevitable punch in the gut, when the temp spikes to 60 degrees and the snow guns turn off, the patches of dirt start showing through, this is where the east coast thick skin comes from, these small setbacks do not stop people from counting each day they get on snow. Without fail the temps drop again, mother nature parks a localized snowstorm on top of Mt Mansfield, and snow makers run the snow guns at full blast. The best part about being professional ski bum and ski bum/professional is that your days on snow can start at first light, first chair, or after noon, but everybody’s stoke starts at the same time, as soon as the snow starts to fall and the bull wheels on the lifts start to turn.
By Steph Kohn, Brand Manager at anon.