Originally Posted by skidding
I was looking at Holimont, WISP, or maybe Hidden Valley. I just didn't like the current forecast.
March 14, 2011
I am quite familiar with Wisp since it is the area which I use to extend my season by one or two weekends after my local area Ski Liberty closes. Wisp is reporting 20-44 inch base, I would start on the backside of the hill (the face which faces right into Deep Creek Lake). I think the run is called Main Street. It is a straight fall line run, of some adequate steepness and quite broad. Because it is facing directly into the lake, it also has the best view, one of the better views east of Heavenly. The reason to start here is because this run gets the morning sun, so 4-5 runs on this side of the mountain will prove to be wonderful and then it is time to go to the front side of the mountain. Two runs of note are Squirrel Cage and The Face. Both Squirrel Cage and The Face are similar to Main Street in that both are cut moderately steep and straight down the fall line and are wide by eastern standards. Squirrel Case is groomed flat while bumps are allowed to grow on The Face. When the snow gets soft, the bumps on The Face can be interesting, entertaining and the snow will not be thick and sloppy. Soft enough to arrest any built up speed, but not enough to pull and jerk your legs and body around.
Other Bears (SMJ, MR, BWPA) have mentioned, good wax, fat skis and slicing though the snow. All very good advice. Actually, once you get use to the soft heavy spring snow, it can be addictive. I always thought that the first two and a half months of the season was to get myself in shape for fun in the sun spring skiing. With the event of shaply fat skis, not sinking into the crud and skiing more or less as if you were skiing hard pack (albeit with a bit more finesse) has made spring skiing so much more enjoyable. You may also want to ski on the side of the trail which is shaded from the sun by trees. In this respect, Timberline, WVa would be a better choice since the trails are narrower and the shade extends further out into the trail, reporting 60+ inch base. Timberline also has more vertical 1000 ft vs Wisp's 600 ft.
As Comprex said, grab it while it is still there.
Edited by CharlieP - 3/14/11 at 5:28pm