TR - 4/16 - The Lip & Sherby
I've been reading the site for quite a while, but never posted before. I headed up to Tucks this morning - my third trip in the last two years. I figured I'd let everyone know how prime the conditions were today...
I got up to the bowl around 1:00, to an enormous crowd at the lunch rocks. It was rumored that Glenn Plake was even there (I didn't see him, but heard several people talking about him). The snow was slushy soft corn. The temperature hovered right around 60. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and not a breeze in the air. I wore shorts and a t-shirt, and didn't even put on a long sleeve shirt until I hit the Sherburne on the way down. What a show in the bowl today - I didn't bring my camera (forgot it in the damn car!), but I bet that some people have AMAZING pics of today. There were some crazy falls off the headwall/waterfall, and I'm amazed that more people weren't hurt. We probably watched 20 people hit it before we hit the boot ladder. The drop was enormous today - it must have been somewhere around 20 feet or even more. Saw a few tumble the entire way down, and you could practically hear the crowd cheering in the bowl from Hojos.
We hit the boot ladder on the right side of the Lip at about 2:00. Damn that's steep! While on the ascent I hear the loudest roar of the day. I looked over, and there was a large breasted topless female, skiing the Lip! She didn't fall, and even did it with style!
We got up to the snowfields, and hit the lip. The snow was soft, forgiving, and slow. Both my girlfriend and I made it over the lip and down to the lunch rocks. Damn what a rush that was to hit the lip for the first time! We headed back to the lunch rocks, threw down a couple of Long Trail Blackberry Wheats, and hit the Sherburne trail soon thereafter.
The cover on the sherburne was very sketchy at spots, and very bumpy everywhere. I'd be surprised it were open past next week. Saw some fool try to skim across 30 feel of mud on one of the last descents before the parking lot. He hit it with his tele skis on, and damn was it funny to watch his body bend in the directions that it did! Top coverage wasn't that bad, just extremely bumpy. The upper half should be able to make it a few weeks.
We got back to the Notch, threw down another few beers, and hit the road.
Great trip, great day. I couldn't imagine there being better weather than there was today!