Friday at Mount Ellen. Some of the previous day's powder left on the umgroomed trails, but especially lower on the mountain it had been scraped down to some dirt by the end if the day. Groomed trails all had perfect cover. They had a decent S/M park, and a pretty terrific M/L park, but that's out if my league. Inverness was closed for racing training and unfortunately that didn't leave enough mountain for an intermediate snowboarder to fill a day with variety. No crowds and I only saw a lift slowed once which was a nice change. Temps were 0-15 today, but two underlayers and a typical facemask was enough to keep out the cold just fine. Probably should have done Lincoln Peak for more terrain, but it was a decent day.
Nice job Okemo. Good conditions until icy very late on the day. Jackson Gore fun and fast, no line. The 6 and 4 bubble lifts with heated seats are great and will be very popular this cold weekend. Better than gondolas. Wish there was some tree skiing but just not enough natural snow.