Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cheesy Rigatoni with Roasted Potatoes and Cabbage: A "Keeper"

From Real Simple magazine, March 2013, p. 186.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What a deal at Waterville Valley

I skied Waterville on Friday for the first time this winter.  I was motivated by the 1/2 price maximum (I'll explain) charged for lift tickets on Fridays in March.

I didn't really decide on the trip until late Thursday night, because it was expected to be quite windy.  I don't mind the wind, but sometimes it means the closing of chair lifts.

As it turned out when I arrived at 8:45 the upper lifts were closed due to wind.  I didn't  find out until much later that the wind gusts were up to 60 mph.  If I knew that initially I might not have stayed, instead perhaps driving to Cannon where the Zoomer chair and Peabody chair would likely be running on the lower mountain even if management were to close the upper chair lift and tramway.

But I forged ahead at Waterville, with hopes that the top lifts (which actually means all lifts except a bunny slope chair lift, a t-bar, and a j-bar) would open soon.  I put on my boots, bundled up, and got into a short line for tickets.

And then I spun the wheel.

The "Wheel of Fortune" is pulled out on Fridays in March.  Each ticket purchaser spins the wheel and at the very least gets a lift ticket for half price (full price would be $65).  Good news. I got the "$10 ticket".  It's the small red slice seen at 11:00 on the wheel in the photo below of the person in line before me.

Even better news. When I paid my $10 for the Friday ticket I discovered that due to the lift closings they were passing out vouchers for another day of skiing.  Free!

Nevertheless, at the time this deal didn't seem all the great to me, because the skiing was so limited.  But, after about 50,000 runs on the bunny hill, the entire mountain opened at 11 o'clock.  The wind was still gusty but not obnoxiously so, and we had snow squalls all day... but the skiing was packed powder (and even unpacked powder on several trails) and wonderful!!!!!! I would give the ski conditions a 9 out of 10.  I measure that by the great number of times I screamed with joy.  I think they call this "hero snow".

Not only that but my absolutely favorite mid-mountain "warming hut" opened about noon for sweet rolls, pastries and lunch fare.

Here are some random photos.

Waterville is much bigger and steeper than shown here.
Vertical drop is 2000 feet.
The mountain is just over 4000 feet high.

Base lodge

This is my favorite mid-mountain warming hut.  It's actually nearly
at the top of the mountain,
as I took this picture after I got off the mountain's longest lift.
You can get a few more feet of elevation
by using an old double chair lift that originates just to
the right of this picture

Back at the base again. They sell waffles in that little orange deal.

This was the longest the lift line got all day!
P.S.  What you see at the top is a false peak.

Ah, my favorite warming hut opened about noon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Blue Bird" day at Sunday River today

I took a few pictures today at Sunday River.  A blue bird day skiing with Jaimie. Yes, there're some obligatory food shots!

Sud's Pub makes a great burger

Last night: Sud's Pub, Bethel... dining with Jaimie

That's blue cheese and bacon and a 1/2 angus beef burger.  Throw on some lettuce and two slices of tomato and you're "good to go"!

Happy St. Patrick's Day