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Something positive out of a really sad storm.

post #1 of 28
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Pre-season session in the West Virginia Alps. Canaan Valley is the highest valley in the East. Former Epicski member Bushwacker's trip report.

 

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/252965-Sandy-dumps-quot-White-Lightnning-quot-in-the-highlands-of-West-By-God-Virginia?p=3797319#post3797319

post #2 of 28
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Sandy dumps "White Lightnning" in the highlands of West By God Virginia.

Well about 10 maggots just drove 13 hours south from as far as way from Cambridge, Vermont to ski snow left by a hurricane in West Virginia. Nature can be fucking bizarre!! 

the music for the TR

 

Vermont Plates in West Virginia 



The snow was super dense wind affected and there was tons of it! There was not a single place that I stuck my pole that was less than 2 feet deep. The Majority of places were at least 36 inches deep with some lee sides easily in the 48 inchish range. IE my pole was stuck totally past my grip. 

this is at the Base of Whitegrass touring center, and honestly one of the less deep places I found...



Day 1 took us to Whitegrass Touring Center. Which I was honestly like why are we here? knowing that Timberline had MUCH better pitch. Decided to go with the Flow and ski Whitegrass with the crew. We skied some fun albeit low angle open slopes, tree and meadow at Whitegrass. Never has meadow skipping been taken so literally.

Whitegrass running on donation only today.



Crank54 and Dowork on the ski out of Whitegrass Touring center.



ThinCover meadow skipping



Crank54 is the same Meadow



ML242 in the Ghost Forest at Whitegrass Touring center



a stoked maggot and local crew after a day of skiing Whitegrass. 



after some moonshine and beer we headed to out cabin for the night. 

10 dollars a night with dinner and breakfast. Only Catch? no power..

check out the snow drifts 



best use of a ceiling fan ever



a happy group of Mags on top of Timberline 



Thincover on our first run at Timberline







Crank54 getting his first run with actual pitch





back up again guys?



Beautiful Canaan Valley



Dowork is happy about the Glades at Timberline



Crank makes it look deep



Thincover skiing anything but in the woods at TLine



good bye Timberline



Thincover has alot more pictures I am sure of it. My guess though is he exhausted from driving back to Vermont at 1pm yesterday. Overall a great trip totally worth it for sure. The snow is probably still good there. Go get some!

 

post #3 of 28

Thanks,  Missing the Josh stoke.

 

JF

post #4 of 28
Nice!
I guess the 13 hours drive was also quite a journey. Considering the weather...

Why was he banned by the way?
post #5 of 28

A TR from another group that went to Whitegrass.  Drove from Pittsburgh.  Includes a short video clip.

 

http://www.skitheeast.net/posts/id/892921036/skiing-superstorm-sandy

post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Thiago View Post

Nice!
I guess the 13 hours drive was also quite a journey. Considering the weather...
Why was he banned by the way?

 

The forum was not boring enough when he was posting. Problem solved.

post #7 of 28

"chatted" with josh yesterday. Good stoke and it was a good that some folks found the silver lining.   

post #8 of 28
Returned last night.
 
By the math:
2.5 days of skiing + 24,010 vertical skied + 19 hours driving = WORTH IT!
 
Pictures:
 
More detailed TR to follow ... eventually.
post #9 of 28
Well I read this forum more than I post on it, and your TR's, gear reviews and opinions were usefull and fun to read.
But maybe sometimes you should exercise a bit more tolerance with other people opinion.
It's not about what one say, it's how it is said.
But what do I know, I'm a portuguese speaker tropical lander...

Great picts by the way, hope they are not deleted.
post #10 of 28

Really??

post #11 of 28
Yep, it used to come with lot's of polemic debates, wich is good to get to know different points of view.
One just have to know how to filter these diferent opinions.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Thiago View Post

Yep, it used to come with lot's of polemic debates, wich is good to get to know different points of view.
One just have to know how to filter these diferent opinions.

Sorry ... wasn't replying to your post. Was replying to the fact that the post before your post is no longer a post. I love different voices, myself....

post #13 of 28

Fun TR isn't it? As for my friend Josh, yeah, he's banned. I'd like to see him return, but the only person that can make that happen is Josh himself and he sure is making it hard. If you guys want the thread to stay open, focus on the TR or at least skiing or moonshine or something.

post #14 of 28

Mmm, moonshine....

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Mmm, moonshine....

Wuts up, Doc?

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post #17 of 28

Hey fellow Bears, snokat back at you.

Great to see some truly motivated powder hounds out there.

When the weather channel started talking snow last saturday I almost lost my mind.

My wife thought so.  

I tried invane to rustle up two ski buds from down here to hit the road to NC, a good 12 hour drive in good weather.

Even have an uncle north of Atlanta in NC.

So it was  no-go, way too far by myself.

You have to love the east when conditions open up the way they did from nothing.

Tx for the stoke.

post #18 of 28

1000

 

Roan Mountain Nov 7th. This is the road from Carver's Gap toward the old Cloudland Hotel site. About  12-18" still in the woods from Sandy last week. Snowed all day with several light new inches at 6000' and up. I had hoped to be able to use my AT setup on the balds but the snow was too thin. Probably still could have with a hike but we only had 4 hours or so of time.

Tom

post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

Fun TR isn't it? As for my friend Josh, yeah, he's banned. I'd like to see him return, but the only person that can make that happen is Josh himself and he sure is making it hard. If you guys want the thread to stay open, focus on the TR or at least skiing or moonshine or something.

 

 

Really??? 

 

Damn, that's unfortunate.  I love me some Josh. 

 

Anyways, hope you guys liked the TR, it certainly was a lot of fun and really unique in so many ways.  Cheers to the coming season and I hope you guys and gals don't mind me spamming you about future news stories we post for TGR periodically! 

 

Oh, and here's a pic that wasn't in that blog that I really liked.  Photog: Matt Lucas for Harvey Road Ski blog. 

 

1000

post #20 of 28

Nice job Do!  Nice pic, try zooming about 30% and dropping some of the foreground.   What are you on there? 


Edited by Finndog - 11/9/12 at 10:40am
post #21 of 28

looks like Whitedot Redeemers...

post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

Fun TR isn't it? As for my friend Josh, yeah, he's banned. I'd like to see him return, but the only person that can make that happen is Josh himself and he sure is making it hard. If you guys want the thread to stay open, focus on the TR or at least skiing or moonshine or something.

Great TR.  Too bad about Josh.  While he certainly could rub people the wrong way, he was a real contributor to the board.  And good on the moonshine.

 

Mike

post #23 of 28
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Nice job Do!  Nice pic, try zooming about 30% and dropping some of the foreground.   What are you on there? 

 

That's Do Work!? I always assumed he was a grown-up.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by SFKSFK View Post

1000

 

Roan Mountain Nov 7th. This is the road from Carver's Gap toward the old Cloudland Hotel site. About  12-18" still in the woods from Sandy last week. Snowed all day with several light new inches at 6000' and up. I had hoped to be able to use my AT setup on the balds but the snow was too thin. Probably still could have with a hike but we only had 4 hours or so of time.

Tom

 

First Athena pic! icon14.gif Anyone else ski the first named winter storm?

post #25 of 28

Next up  Brutus-TWC has become a joke!

post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 

Oops. I was told the National Weather Service was behind the naming, but I guess the opposite is true.

 

"The National Weather Service this week instructed its forecasters to not use The Weather Channel's names, and few news media outlets seem to be recognizing them."

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

Wuts up, Doc?


Oh, same ole lack of skiing and all things fun.....including moonshine.

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 

That's Do Work!? I always assumed he was a grown-up.

 

 

That depends on your definitiion of grown-up.   wink.gif 

 

 

And yes, they're Whitedot Redeemers with plum guides.  Nice ski, very swively and smeary but needs a bit of speed to make a "real" turn...  Or just moonshine.  biggrin.gif

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