Yesterday I hiked up the back of Okemo Mountain. It was a beautiful day — clear sunny skies, not hot, humid, or windy. At the top of the mountain there’s an old fire tower that was used years ago by the fire service. During the winter, you can see this tower when you off load at the top of Okemo’s South Peak chair. Then it looks frozen and forbidding. But yesterday, on a picture perfect Saturday in July, it was exactly the opposite — inviting and ready to be climbed.
From the top, you get an unmatched 360 degree view of the beautiful Green Mountains. To the north, Killington. To the south, Magic and Stratton. To the east Ascutney, Sunapee, even Mount Washington. And at your feet, the South Peak chair at Okemo. I felt like Maria von Trappe in the “Sound of Music,” when the camera pans down on her singing at the top of a mountain and she’s surrounded by a breath-taking, panoramic view of the Alps.
As usual, I left my camera behind (seems I never have it when I need it!), but it reminded me that in skiing, it’s not just the ride down that I love so dearly, but the view from the top, as well. And with six areas spread out around me, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “HOW AM I EVER GOING TO MAKE IT TIL SKI SEASON STARTS?”