A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Parent’s Visit: First Weekend

February 27, 2011
Emilie Phillips

My parents came up to visit. They drove up on Mom’s birthday. Despite it being a 12 hour drive, they got to my house before I left work, so Mom started volunteering to make dinner and go grocery shopping for me. I couldn’t let that pass since it was her birthday, so I came home, made dinner and strawberry shortcake for desert. Yum.


Then we went skiing. We skied up the carriage road on Mt Moosilauke. Our goal was the summit. It was pouring snow. The treck up the carriage road is quite long. We were only breaking a few inches of new fallen snow. By the time we got to the snow mobile turn around, I had one muscle debating getting pulled, and I’d gotten a little too wet and cold from all the snow. We decided to turn around there and leave the summit for another day. The ski back down was gorgeous. Our tracks had already been covered up by the snow storm. Despite the wetness of the snow, it was plenty light and fun to ski in.

Oh, and that photo of the skis covered in frozen matter, that’s because we passed a snow plow on the roads up and it pummeled us with slush.


Zealand Notch

Having done a day of telemark, we then did a day of cross country skiing. We got a little bit of a late start which limited how far we got. The trip was an out and back up Zealand Rd, to Zealand notch, but not quite all the way to Shoal pond. It’s a lovely scenic trail, and we had chosen the day with the best forecast for views. Most of it was plenty tracked out until Zealand Notch itself. 15 miles all told.

Zealand Notch Photos

Zealand Notch GPS Track

Back Side of Wildcat

Finally, that weekend, we did a lazy trip. I know I was appreciative of the break after the previous two days. For this trip, we take the lift up a downhill ski area, Wildcat, and then cross country ski off the back down into the Jackson cross country ski area. There are a few steeper bits with fun turns. As with the rest of the weekend, we had great snow. The views of Mt Washington were a little obscured, though.


Next Weekend

More skiing with my parents the following weekend.