Ski (AT) 2:31:30  6.79 mi (22:19 / mi) +794m 16:22 / mi
Trip up Thunderbolt. It's basically the Sherbie, but I think nicer. I need to check my expectations of skinning speed; my usual "go up the mountain fast, ski down faster" does not translate to the general public, apparently. I'm used to climbing 600m in about an hour, whether it's on the Sherbie or at MSA. Here it was taking closer to two. That's different!
This changes how to dress, and near the top I was cold and wanted to find shelter and skied ahead until there were some pine trees and my hands were warm enough to easily put on the warmer gloves. Then since no one had shown up, I skied down to where everyone was, transitioned again, and then caught the back where I'd been. A bit of golden retrievering; at least I was warm. The trail is the route of the Greylock Half, and bits and pieces come back to me but usually I'm in pretty horrific pain there, going half speed on snow is easier.
Then we went to the summit, where there were DCR guys on snowmobiles retrieving a pay tube (or something), and then down. Whee down! It was moguled, but not too icy, and just lots of fun. The top bit I'd say is as much fun as the Sherbie if not more so. The bottom is a bit tricker, since you have to do some climbing to get back to the downhills to the car, but that was fine; it's fun to have different routes. Then there's a 3k xc ski trail on a little bump to get to the car which I could skate easily bumping my boots to walk mode to go around an otherwise skin or bootpack.
Ski (AT) 1:52:14  5.22 mi (21:30 / mi) +631m 15:38 / mi
After a long lunch in the car (I need to teach people "when you stop you put on dry clothes" rules) we went back up. There was some questions about our destination, but we made it to the AT which is most of the way up, and had a nice ride down. Then drove home in the last reaches of the snow after a stop for yummy food in Shelburne Falls.