Nixed my last-minute attempt to head north on account of no place to stay and all hotels within an hour of the slopes were sold out, so I opted to head out to Mt. Holly with my nephew on Sunday and then again for some solo laps this morning.
Although conditions last week were prime, there was a warmup so some snow is gone from the periphery and side hits, but for the most part the trails are still in great shape, firm hardpack groomers with little to no icy patches. The weather was pretty much perfect. Mid- to high-20′s, mostly sunny, good visibility, low wind.
Thankfully, all those people who make up north such a shit show on holiday weekends were NOT at Mt. Holly — crowds were relatively sparse during the day sessions picking up by mid-afternoon with the stragglers.
Mt. Holly’s jump set is the best around, and by a long shot. A quad set, each station consisting of 2, 3, or 4 jumps of varying sizes as well as two rollers (and an additional jump in the rope park), so there’s jumps for everyone no matter what skill level.
Hard to believe it’s almost the end of February and that is basically the beginning of the end for ski/snowboard season ’round these parts. Here’s to hoping the season goes out with a bang, and the local slopes like Mt. Holly can eek out another month.