WORDS and PHOTOS BY: Brian Mohr
Last week's Bomb Cyclone, a classic Nor'easter winter storm at its core, was no doubt one of the more powerful winter storms to affect eastern North America in decades. Following weeks of frigid temperatures, and leaving the region with truly Arctic air in its wake (including -100F wind chills atop the summit of Washington), the storm was especially rough on those living in flood-prone areas near the coast and those with vulnerable water and heating systems.
And while the storm was just another cold and windy nor'easter in terms of snowfall amounts (moderate) and snow quality (extremely variable) across most of the region's mountain country, it did make for historic snow sliding conditions from downtown Boston to the hills of southern Georgia. Still, avalanche warnings were posted from the Adirondacks to the White Mountains, to Quebec's Chic Chocs, and overall, cold-tolerant skiers appreciated this latest show by Old Man Winter.
Close to home for us in Vermont's Mad River Valley, the storm treated us to a very wind driven 6-12" and was followed by below zero highs (and wind chills approaching -50F) at nearby Mad River Glen and Sugarbush ski areas. Brrrrr. With friends and family still in the post-holiday mix, we made the most of the storm cycle with tours into the backyardcountry behind our home, a few wood-fired sauna sessions, and some lift-assisted touring that treated us to beautiful deep snow within some especially steep and wind-loaded nooks in the forest.