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Timberline & CV, West Virginia, Feb 10-13, 2012, Faithful are rewarded!

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Thread Starter 

Great weekend, some of the best snow conditions of the winter such as it is, nearly a foot of fresh since last Wednesday in Canaan Valley area of West Virginia, just in time for our visit.

 

David heading down Off The Wall on Saturday at Timberline:

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Rob on Off The Wall

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Cruising Kim @ T-Line on Saturday:

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Chillin' Charlie

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Greg at Canaan Valley on Sun

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Chance thinking hot tub after a day of 10 degree temps on Saturday

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Part of the gang at Timberline

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Keith at Canaan Valley on Sunday

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Powder brings out the dark side

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Marcus heading into Pearly Glades at Timberline on Sunday

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Cheat Mtn Boys at CV on Monday

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Morgan at CV on Mondaytimberline 2012 237.jpg

 

Morgan again, he's in the ski-for-free demographic

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post #2 of 23

Nice photos Jim and thanks for all you do to make this event happen not to mention the splendid job you do capturing our antics  to share with the rest of the community. I wish I had some photos to share but once again my camera stayed warm in my pocket. We kept the faith and we were rewarded with the best powder of this thin season. I hope the karma carries to Tahoe.

 

I did manage to swipe this video from David of two skiers poaching WV pow on Saturday:

 

post #3 of 23

Keep up the trip report, guys! I'm enjoying living vicariously through you.

post #4 of 23

OMG that looks awesome!  

So glad you had a great time with great snow!

 

post #5 of 23

Keep the pics coming. Hope to see some of you in Tahoe soon.

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Vince posted this video over on the other thread. I'd thought it would be nice to move it here:

 

post #7 of 23

I was there but I think I missed it. On the snow at 12:30 Saturday, after 10 Sunday. What's up with that?

 

The snow conditions were good both days. I skied some untracked grassy areas. 0-6 inches of the deep powder, most of it closer to 6, deeper in the water bars.

 

Bumps with 6 foot steep icy faces crowned with soft snow. Can you connect the dots? Fun trying. Above and below the crux, smaller fun bumps, more snow, less ice.

 

Cold snow skis different. PJ's wax had me gliding better than anyone, but the snow just wasn't very slippery. Everyone went fast enough though. I was still the slowest on the downhill sections.

 

I skied the one bump run and the run Ron and Marcus showed me, and that was pretty much it. It's good to have friends. If I hadn't run into them, I wouldn't have got any ungroomed fresh snow. Early risers got lots, I'm sure.

 

Good to see everyone again and new faces. Very good fun skiing with the gang. Thanks for letting me tag along.


Edited by telerod15 - 2/14/12 at 6:20am
post #8 of 23

You guys hit the bulls eye for the WV Apps this weekend.  I was especially impressed with the glading on the skier's left in pearly.  Once I get through the PSIA exam thing I plan on joining the group at other mountains and out west for the gathering. 

post #9 of 23

Thanks for putting those pictures up Jamesj, I look forward to seeing the rest. 

 

As you can see, we had good conditions, a great bunch of skiers and a really good time at the gathering.  Greg and I were probably the first to arrive Friday afternoon, as both of us pulled into the Timberline Lodge parking lot around the same time.  We went out and started skiing and eventually met up with Jimmy, who is an instructor at Timberline and Charles, who skied with us until Sunday, but was staying with his family in another rental house.  Friday we sampled most of the advanced and intermediate terrain that was open and I even went with Greg down Off The Wall, which is the bump run that You see in the one video that was posted.  I'd love to say I skied it as nicely as Vince does in the video, but that would be a lie.  The backside of all the moguls were shear ice on Friday and I did a lot of slide slipping to a found a place with some decent snow to make a turn and then side slip again.  Last year I probably would not have even tried that run, so I look at how I did as progress.

 

By Friday evening most of the people staying at the lodge arrived.  The evening was pretty much filled with good food, wine and ski movies.  

 

Saturday a large group of us headed out in the morning to ski Timberline again.  A couple of us had tickets  that would allow us to ski both Canaan and Timberline, but it was snowing hard and we decided to leave trying Canaan Valley for Sunday.  Conditions improved with the snow overnight and most of the icy patches that we found Friday afternoon were covered up in the morning.  After a couple of runs, most of the group decided to try doing a run down Off the Wall.  I had told myself that once was enough when I survived skiing it Friday, but I bowed to peer pressure and followed the main group.  I knew I could make it down the run without getting into trouble, even if I didn't look that good doing it.  I'm glad I followed the main group on the run as the conditions were a bit better as there was more powder built up around the tops of the moguls so more places available to make a turn.  This time down the run, I was actually able to link a couple of turns together before side slipping down a bit.  Knowing I could handle going down the run and the better conditions made it so I was able to ski it better than the day before.

 

We had some others join us Saturday as the day went on and ended up having a good size group going down the advanced and intermediate terrain.  We even had one person in the group who just started skiing this year who was able to go down all of the groomed runs that we did during the gathering.  I don't think I could, (or would) have gone down some of the terrain she did in my first year of skiing.

 

On Sunday, Jamesj, Greg and I headed over to Canaan Valley to ski for a couple of hours.  While Canaan is smaller in vertical and a little less challenging than Timberline, Canaan also had way less skiers skiing on the mountain and Canaan had also just opened up a few runs Sunday that were ungroomed and covered mainly with natural snow.  Powder skiing is fairly new to me, but I did my best to keep up with Greg and Jamesj as we searched for the best untracked powder.  Jamesj would ski down ahead of us and then stop to take pictures as we came down the hill.  I think he actually got a couple of me where I look like I know what I'm doing, like the one of me (Keith) that he posted at the beginning of the thread.  I know he got at least one where I look pretty bad as well, when I almost fell and was on the back of my skis, but was some how able to recover and stay upright.  Of course Jamesj promised not to post that one to Epicski.  I was happy with how I skied in the ungroomed powder, even though I did have the one almost fall and another actual fall in the couple of hours we were at Canaan.  Hey, if you don't fall at least once, are you really pushing yourself?

 

Around lunch time Jamesj, Greg and I headed back to the ski house to meet up with the rest of the gathering and have some lunch.  Me knee was aching a little bit from the fall I had taking at Canaan, but I went out and skied for a couple of more hours with the group after lunch.  My last run of the day actually consisted of another first for me.  Poaching a closed run with some others. Yes, peer pressure can lead you to be a bad boy.  Timberline had one of their advanced trails closed Saturday and Sunday for races.  After the racing was finished Sunday afternoon, they still had the trail closed, even though most of the gates, fencing and other things put up for the race had been taken down.  The upper lift at Timberline ran along that trail and we could see that there was some nice snow on the sides of the trail which the racers hadn't skied off.  We found a small side entrance to the trail from an adjacent trail (no signs on the side entrance saying closed) that let us on to the trail and had a nice run down a groomed trail that had a topping of unskied powder at the edges.  

 

Sunday was the end of the skiing for me.  My one knee ached a bit from the fall I had taken earlier and I decided that it would be best to not push by trying to get in another couple of hours Monday morning.  If I didn't have the Tahoe gathering coming up in two weeks I'd probably done it, but I would have hated to do something that would end my season before the gathering.  My knee and leg feel fine today and I was able to do a full workout on it over lunch, so I probably would have been alright skiing Monday, but I'm still glad that I skipped the skiing Monday as it was time to get home.

 

To sum it all up, I had a great time, skiing was some great skiers and got to push myself a bit.  What more could I ask for in a gathering.

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post

Vince posted this video over on the other thread. I'd thought it would be nice to move it here:

 



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Edit: works nicely at : http://vimeo.com/couchmode/user1537295/videos/sort:date/36740693

 


Edited by cantunamunch - 2/14/12 at 1:23pm
post #11 of 23

What Keith said x2, except I have all of the photos from Friday/Saturday/Sunday as well. That, and I still hate bumps but the glades that seemed skiable were sweet. I never put on the rock skis to go exploring further, nor did I follow JamesJ down Upper Thunderdraft for the same reason.   

post #12 of 23

I'd like to take a moment and tip my helmet to Timberline. We picked T-line because it is a skiers mountain. It isn't an anti-resort really but the heart and soul show in the skiers who call this West Virginia mountain home. Until this weekend is has been a real thin year, a season when a snow was followed by killer rain and warmth but Timberline management saw fit to allow Off the Wall's whales and bumps grow despite the fact that bread and butter intermediate terrain went without snowmaking until this weekend. That to me is a real plus and not just because that is the terrain I like to ski. Every resort that dares to use the qualifying word ski before resort should have that one trail that will require you to bring your A game even if your A game is not up to the task. You can rest assured that all those gapers who had no business being in your line will often repeat their tale of conquest  with pride. They too survived everything the mountain threw at them. They too are a part of our community and gladly pay their dues with honest effort and full enthusiasm. So for this I say thank you Timberline. In my heart you are almost heaven.

post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

Posting a bunch of additional photos from a very fun weekend , might as well share them than let them die in my camerasmile.gif:

David and PJ at T-line

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PJ and some of the gang

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Rob on Off The Wall

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Keith on Off The Wall

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Colleen cruising at Timberline, she first skied here as a 5 yr old in 1990

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The little guy was expert at foosball

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Keith on Spruce Run at Canaan Valley ski area

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Greg working some powder at Canaan Valley

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Andria at Timberline

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Andria again in the lead

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Hard skiing crowd of Sunday skiers at Timberline

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The grim rippers of T-line, Rod and Jimmy

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Morgan at Canaan Valley on Monday

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Morgan again

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That's all folks, thanks for a really fun weekend

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Actually, I have more photos and over time may send any good ones via PM to specific individuals.  Send me a PM if you want me to look for any good ones to email to you in original format. 

 

 

post #14 of 23

I hear they dropped the ropes at Canaan Monday on a LOT of trails that had been closed on the weekend. Man, I should have called in with the "too dangerous to drive" excuse. Blue skies too! Jim, you do a great job of catching the action.

 

It turned out to be very nice driving except for the first 30 miles. I did see cars in ditches and emergency vehicles rushing in the opposite direction from me between Davis and Mt. Strom, but the switchbacks were clear. They don't get as much snow on that side of the ridge. There were only traces of snow at the bottom of the valley! When I stopped for gas, in Moorefield, someone asked where I was coming from, pointing at the snow and grinning. When I told him, he said laughing "That's nice, I'm going there!". There is a snowy kind of mirco-climate in the land of Canaan.

 

The entire drive between Stasburg and Davis is amazingly fun to drive even for a car hater like myself. Mt Storm banked switchbacks, winding country highways and the swooping mountain superhighway with beautiful scenery. Good stuff.

 

 

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I agree the drive there and back was "interesting" through the mountain pass switchbacks.  We passed many one wheeled wonders struggling and saw a few that were stuck, really stuck. 

 

GPS took us a very back woods route to the resort from NC.  There was a stretch were we didn't even pass a gas station for about 100 miles then went down this dirt farm road before finally connecting on the main highway that went to Davis.  I was beginning to get a little nervous here.

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Chance really doesn't enjoy more than 20 minutes of switchbacks

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But it was well worth it.  He's ready to go again!~

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LOL, that almost sounds like you went straight through Dolly Sods between Hopeville and Dryfork on Forest road 19.

 

We tried to do that at about 6:30pm on Friday with only 2" of snow at 2500' - and I backed off at the first switchback.   Good thing, too- there was a lot more snow at 3500'.

 

Or maybe you were coming up from Rte 28 through Whitmer?

 

Alleghany mountain was a breeze, comparatively speaking.

 

 

post #17 of 23
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LOL, that almost sounds like you went straight through Dolly Sods between Hopeville and Dryfork on Forest road 19.

 

We tried to do that at about 6:30pm on Friday with only 2" of snow at 2500' - and I backed off at the first switchback.   Good thing, too- there was a lot more snow at 3500'.

 

Or maybe you were coming up from Rte 28 through Whitmer?

 

Alleghany mountain was a breeze, comparatively speaking.

 

 


We came through there (250, 28, 33?) about an hour later.  I was thinking.. awfully glad I replaced those somewhat worn tires this morning!  Without AWD and brand new rubber I would have turned back for sure!

 

post #18 of 23

 

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LOL, that almost sounds like you went straight through Dolly Sods between Hopeville and Dryfork on Forest road 19.

 

We tried to do that at about 6:30pm on Friday with only 2" of snow at 2500' - and I backed off at the first switchback.   Good thing, too- there was a lot more snow at 3500'.

 

Dude WTF? You're crazier than I thought you were. That's the West Virginia equivalent of Donner Pass back in teh days of wagon trains.

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Chance really doesn't enjoy more than 20 minutes of switchbacks

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Threaten to show that picture to his girl friend in 7-10 years, and you'll have no problem having him mow the lawn or paint the shed!

post #20 of 23

Guys,

 

Sorry I missed you this past weekend. Looks like the WV Alpps pulled another one off last second. Hoping to be back on skis in March and catch some of you in WV.

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

Here's a wordier weekend recap with a few of the better photos:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1336&mode=headlines

 

Believe there's a good chance they'll get more snow up there this holiday weekendicon14.gif

post #22 of 23

Timing is everything and obviously you hit it right! Glad it snowed for your outing.

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Dude WTF? You're crazier than I thought you were. That's the West Virginia equivalent of Donner Pass back in teh days of wagon trains.



I knows it.

 

Funny vid here:

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