On the last scheduled conference day, a storm arrived. “Oh well, we get to ski an extra day,” I thought. It was tough, but we suffered horribly in all the fresh powder snow. It continued to snow, and we got a second extra day, which we had allowed for in our plans. The next morning saw improving weather, with forecast tops expected around 9,000 feet. Since there is no IFR departure procedure from Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), we had to be able to remain VFR for the initial climb. After removing more than a foot of snow from the Seneca and thawing it in a warm hangar, we were one of about 10 airplanes that departed quickly when the weather cleared for an hour. When we were above the mountain ridges, we picked up our clearance and headed home for what I expected to be an uneventful flight.