Do not let what you see outside your window deceive you!
Stephen Wright and I previewed the published Craftsbury Marathon Course today and found it to be exceptional! The conditions were far better than anticipated in Craftsbury.
As we made our way to the venue, we started to hit snow in Morrisville. One thing to note is that North Wolcott Road is closed due to a washout, but there are plenty of alternative routes. Plan accordingly. When we arrived at Craftsbury, we found over an inch of new snow, and that the rain and warm-up did not have a devastating effect on the snowpack. It still looks like mid-winter in Craftsbury, perhaps not to their standards, but relative to anywhere else there is a lot of snow. It should be noted that they were not trucking snow, a measure of their confidence in the course. My take is that they are letting things dry out a little before working the snow. No questions here, they are the gold standard of snow expertise, and while what we saw was fantastic today, after a couple more days of Craftsbury Magic, we will be in awe of what we find Saturday morning and singing praises at a well-deserved lunch!