Last year our first trip to the summit was April 19th. The auto road on the Rollins side was barely passable, but passable. A few snowy patches to negotiate around the halfway point but nothing serious.
Today is April 3rd, and apparently a little early to be summiting Kearsarge on bike. I had every intent of doing three cycles, but a tiny little patch of snow around mile 0.7 told me a secret. It said TURN AROUND.
Honestly, the new wheels did better than expected in the snow (why yes, those are American Classic 420 Aero 3 34mm clinchers in the Alphatype designway with titanium skewers). Unfortunately, negotiating derailleur-deep snow on a 12% grade on a road bike is a little beyond my skills. I was kind of interested to come back on my cross bike though. I bet in about 2 weeks things will be substantially different.
Not wanting to trod the awful mess to the summit two more times, I gingerly made it to the bottom, turned around and hit the first 1.2 miles a couple of times and called it good. Totaled about 4,000 feet of climbing in the span of 24 miles.
All the vistas were really nice today.