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After a half-mountain skin&ride we hopped in the car back to Lincoln. I didn't even take my boots off because I knew I couldn't live through the summer without at least one more top-to-bottom. So we got back to Lincoln, unloaded some gear, and I turned right back around towards the Notch. This time I parked at Peabody and headed up Gremlin. I hit our turn around point from earlier in the day in 1/3 the time and kept cruising. There were lots of folks headed both up and down, and I stopped and chatted with many of them. At the downhill side of Spookie I opted to sneak around the corner and go up middle Cannon. Coverage there was generally good except for one narrow slice of dirt/snow.
By the time I hit the top of the Peabody chair (50min) it was raining lightly but it was warm, I was hot, and it was fine.
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I had been looking at Profile the whole way up. It is certainly the most direct route, but I've skinned it before and it's a beast. At this point in the day I wasn't up for it and chose the twists of Upper Cannon instead. It's definitely more mileage but the grade is easier and the turns keep you interested as much on the way up as they do all season long on the way down. The tram deck was there in no time and it made for a nice quiet place for a beer, a rest, and regroup (see OP). There were plenty of people around. I could hear every word of a conversation at the summit, could hear turns on Profile, and could hear the rhythmic shush of someone skinning up. But nobody stopped by the tram deck and I was happy for the solitude.
After a bit I turned the split back into a board and headed down. Profile, Spookie, Gremlin. Here's some video. It's low qual and mostly unedited. If you want to see what conditions look like watch it, if you want TGR don't. I'd be happy with a day or two more this year....or not.....
Last 6-7 years, I've done the hike up and ski down probably 3 or 4 times right around May 1. I typically ascend/descend via zoomer or paulies and then come down profile or upper cannon. In past years, the trails that take you down to the Peabody base lodge are bare or unconnected patches of snow. There is always a discontinuation of snow coverage around paulie's extension, lower cannon, etc. Noticed too that there seems to be less snow on profile than usual - I assume all of this is combination of cooler temps but change in snow making strategy. I was going to try to get up sunday but combination of time and weather prevented.