On the drive to Sutton this morning, I was wondering if all the cars were heading there. With the first mild weather in many weeks, +20 cm of new snow during the week and no rain in the forecast, it looked like a ‘perfect storm’ for crowds.

When we arrived they sent us to P3, way at the back and a long hike to the lodge. The line up to Chair II was long enough but we found plenty of room on the slopes, especially around Chair VII. This was where we spent most of the day, enjoying the soft snow in the warm, spring-like weather.

The hill has done the best they can with the freeze/thaw conditions with pretty decent coverage but some bare spots starting to show. There were definitely some icy sections, but the warm air has softened it so the ski edges had lots of bite and we could turn with confidence.

Near the end of the day, they opened up Youppe-Youppe after the racing was finished. This was the nicest section of fast moguls, with really good soft snow to really push the speed and get the legs screaming.

And for once, we didn’t have to keep stopping to warm up, so we found ourselves very thirsty after five straight hours. Luckily, Le Tucker in the main lodge is the place to be on a Saturday evening and they serve Abenaki, a wonderful session IPA brewed right in Sutton.

Hopefully, this is a sign of better ski weather for the next couple of months! Thank you Sutton!!

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