Seeking first ice on Sterling Mouintain in NW Vermont. Sterling pond is at 3000 feet so it usually gets snowed out sortly after freezing however this year it offered a couple of days of excellent skating on 3" of black ice.
Sterling Pond with a thin, fluffy snow layer.
Unfortuneately, after our pre-Thanksgiving skate, the weather has slipped back to being too warm and too cloudy to start to freeze the ponds we usually begin the ice season on. It looks like we will not get lowland ice until after New Years which is the latest in the 40 years I have been on the ice.