Went back again today with 2 friends. The Timberline lift & slope opened today but there was virtually nobody there. In 45 minutes that it took us (well me, the old guy) to skin up, 2 skiers came down. The powder had settled and stiffened significantly since yesterday but the turns were still sweet; earned turns always are. As we conversed in the open back at the bottom an employee came up on his snow machine and informed us that we could not be there, even if we were skinning, without a lift ticket. Somewhat to my surprise he said that it had to be a full lift ticket it could not be a nordic pass, which Bolton has sold for years and allowed as a single ride passage to the backcountry. We thanked him for the info and his politeness and left.
A somewhat more colorful description from one of my partners,http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0901C&L=SKIVT-L&D=1&T=0&O=D&P=52571
The thermometer bottomed out this morning and is now on the way back up. This AM;
Burlington airport -21
Island Pond, VT (official reading) -42
When we headed up the mountain it was -7 and when we came down +4 (yes, that was a plus not a typo. Back here at my daughter's in Williston it is +11. It feels balmy. I could go swimming in this. -7 is quite comfortable for climbing. One can dress the same as for lift skiing at +25. When you notice it is when stopped for a rest and the breeze picks up just a tiny bit.