Skiing Down the Jay Creek

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Skiing Down the Jay Creek


Jay Peak—a mountain placed so close to the boarder of Canada that you can look over from their lift and see across it—has been the destination for the Spartan Ski Club as their annual ski trip for quite some time. Though results are often varied when it comes to conditions (as one should expect when going skiing), this year had to be one of the best on record.

Departing on the night of March 7th and returning on the 10th, the ski trip was graced with two “bluebird” days (little or no clouds) and fair weather. The powder was thick on the ground and despite a little windburn, skiing could not have been better all things considered. With the sendoff day having a generous dump of snow and wind, some decided to go out and others figured they had their fill of the mountain. At that point, it would be hard to blame them with the two days they had so far.

The trip alone seems to make people better at their chosen downhill profession. The veterans get to have fun on Black Diamonds and their respective glades (forests that are able to be skied in), with the newer or more casual skiers able to appreciate the soft powder and well-kept slopes that don’t happen to venture into a tree or two. Trails like the 2-3 mile long Ullr’s Dream offer a comfortable ride despite the length, with intermediate glades like Kokomo at the bottom. The two and a half days that the Spartan Ski Club had on this mountain was more than enough to make anyone sore all over (from either the skiing or just falling over so much), but it was well-used. With trips up to the very top of the mountain via the gondola system (the station pictured above as a grainy blip at the top), the rides were varied and all satisfying. Even to those who hit nothing but the Parks, the terrain there was all expertly groomed and anyone could see the tricks being pulled off took some serious skill.

Though it was hard to say goodbye to the affectionately dubbed “Jay Creek” on Sunday (and even harder with the drifting bus ride home), everyone managed. Even with the possibility of a different mountain as a trip next year, those who stumbled on and off of the Coach bus will certainly have a ski trip to remember.