Skiing Oakes Gulf

Posted by: on Apr 21, 2009 | One Comment

In the aftermath of Sponsor Week, and with a four day weekend beckoning, it seemed an excellent time to head for the hills. Drove up to Greg’s “cabin” on Saturday night with Nadya and Jeff, then on to the Cog Railways station on Sunday. It was a cloudless, still day; perfect for spring skiing. We skinned up the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail to the Monroe Brook cutoff, and then started climbing.

After a long slog up the brook, we stopped for lunch just below the summit of Monroe. Took two runs down Oakes’ while Nadya and Jeff enjoyed a mountain nap. Then back down the brook, which was nice and corned up by the afternoon. Stayed at Pat’s family place, and enjoyed delicious stew a-la Jeff, and far too many Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies.

Monday we went up to Gulf of Slides, hoping we’d be able to skin all the way. While there was snow at the bottom, many of the expose steep sections were melted out, and we had fun crossing streams with our skis on. As the saying goes, “all skis are rock skis.” It wasn’t quite as sunny, but the snow was still good, and we all enjoyed the second day of strenuous exercise. Here’s hoping the autoroad will open up soon, and we can ski Great Gulf without the long hike in. Dinner at the Tilt’n Diner, as always, and then back to Boston in the rain.

Looking up Monroe Brook

Looking up Monroe Brook

Lunch near Monroe Summit

Lunch near Monroe Summit

Sitting on top of the world

Sitting on top of the world

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My Wild Style

My Wild Style