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I'll just use my red hair in lieu of the ribbon. biggrin.gif

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I'll have the red eyes due to a late hockey game the night before.
 

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For those that need address and directions to the Mountain Top Chalet...

 

Welcome to Blue Knob Mountain Top Chalet

 

Directions

 

3 Big Snow Lane, Imler, PA 16655

 

Google maps actually find this address in "Claysburgh", not Imler.  Try the other city name if your GPS isn't finding it.

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Also for those arriving early, I'm planning to meet in front of the fireplace in the lodge between 945 and 10 for some opening bell runs before the 'high-nooners' arrive if anyone else is going to get there and ski early. I'm staying with friends down in Saxton Friday night and getting together with a friend closer to State College on Thursday night so I should only have an hour and a half drive on Friday morning so getting there around 930 will be a piece of cake. 

 

OK I'll make this 10:00 meeting, sounds like maybe Rickg as well.

Does anyone know what time the lifts start on Friday?

I'll be wearing a red parka, silver pants and a big smile.

If anyone wants $35 lift ticket PM me.

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Welcome to Blue Knob Mountain Top Chalet

 

Directions    3 Big Snow Lane, Imler, PA 16655

 

XX Google maps actually find this address in "Claysburgh", not Imler. XX

Claysburg  NOT Claysburgh.

 

Google Earth or Google Maps coordinates are:

 

Mt Top Chalet off Bunny Hop Ln;  40.2902, -78.5638

 

Tranquill Chalet  on Rt 66 trail  .   40.2924, -78.5593

mid-station area:

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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

Also for those arriving early, I'm planning to meet in front of the fireplace in the lodge between 945 and 10 for some opening bell runs before the 'high-nooners' arrive if anyone else is going to get there and ski early. I'm staying with friends down in Saxton Friday night and getting together with a friend closer to State College on Thursday night so I should only have an hour and a half drive on Friday morning so getting there around 930 will be a piece of cake. 

 

OK I'll make this 10:00 meeting, sounds like maybe Rickg as well.

Does anyone know what time the lifts start on Friday?

I'll be wearing a red parka, silver pants and a big smile.

If anyone wants $35 lift ticket PM me.

 

Lifts roll at 10. Although last time I was there mid-week the triple chair didn't open until a little bit later in the day. 

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Once I  get this PSIA thing done, I'll be joining you.  Next year for sure.  Got my part II teaching exam on Wednesday/Thursday at the Nutt. I got back issues as well so bumps are out of the question for this season.   Hope all you guys have a GREAT time.snowfight.gif

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Looks like it could be a sketchy drive there Friday.  Precipitation in the form of nonono2.gif ice pellets predicted all day Friday from 10 am to 10 pm.  I've just changed my wiper blades, topped off the windshield washer, and tires were new this time last year.  Guess I'll move the chains where they are to an easy to get location to should the worst happen.  Not ruling out stopping at a motel on the way either should the roads close.  Foresters really aren't made with room for chains, but if stranded I'd throw the iron on to limp to a safer place to stop and wait it out.

 

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best...

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Thread Starter 

I don't think it's going to get above freezing up there for the next few days except for maybe a short period Saturday afternoon.  High on Friday up on the mountain only supposed to be mid-20s.  With a little luck we'll catch a few inches of white stuff during the weekend and avoid the non frozen precip. If someone gets stuck on the final climb up the mountain call us for an SUV ride.  You can temorarily leave vehicles at the lots at the entrance to the state park/swimming pool near Pavia.

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As I was saying a while back...

 

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The question is, how much of that might be ice pellets?

 

I guess that comes under the heading "frozen granular"  LOL

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I'm up for anything lift served once we get there. Just hoping that the roads have plenty of sand on them where the rain turns to ice on the drive up there.  I have no doubt that the resort access road will be within our capabilities. It's the parts between here and there that could be white knuckle territory.

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I figure I'll get there when I get there.  Drive time is 4.5 hours under normal circumstances...tomorrow may be anything but normal.

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As I was saying a while back...

 

 

Need to add a dose of realism here for those not accustomed to how Blue Knob occasionally (generally) runs things. I think that graphic went up Tuesday nite or Wednesday AM and hasn't changed, but their snow report never reported 7" on Wednesday? I think some winter intern got carried away with photoshop and they never bothered to update it. (Blue Knob's website info is even worse than Timberlines.)

 

Good news, they are reporting 10 inches over the past week (including last weekend.) That seems very reasonable and conservative. 5" on Sat, we'll see. It would be great, but I'm just hoping the rain/freezing rain doesn't happen or is kept to a minimum. (Haven't seen any NWS forecast that had 5" in it.)

 

And they are reporting Ex closed today?


Edited by JohnL - 2/21/13 at 9:55am
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Last week they had Extrovert closed during the week, so maybe they are doing that today to try and get some snow to "stick".

 

They are predicting "epic" conditions for the weekend....they must know we're coming!  LMAO

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Honestly, Ex isn't even remotely "fun" to ski when it is BAREly open.  I've experience it being delightful with perfect slush bumps.  And, I've experienced it as being downright dangerous with icy whales surrounded by knee deep, argyle pattered, dirt and rock filled but dust covered traverse ruts.  If the coverage isn't good or the majority of the surface is black and blue I'll probably just show my old fart card and avoid it instead of just skiing a bone jarring, base wrecking, disaster just to prove I can.  There is plenty of other good terrain there when ex isn't so nice..

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Welcome to Blue Knob Mountain Top Chalet

 

Directions    3 Big Snow Lane, Imler, PA 16655

 

XX Google maps actually find this address in "Claysburgh", not Imler. XX

Claysburg  NOT Claysburgh.

 

Google Earth or Google Maps coordinates are:

 

Mt Top Chalet off Bunny Hop Ln;  40.2902, -78.5638

 

Tranquill Chalet  on Rt 66 trail  .   40.2924, -78.5593

mid-station area:


FWIW, today my Tom Tom GPS only found Big Snow in Imler.  Last time the Garmin only found it in ClaysburG so go figure haha.  No luck with street numbers, be sure to put out that MD flag if you still have it :-)

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Honestly, Ex isn't even remotely "fun" to ski when it is BAREly open.  I've experience it being delightful with perfect slush bumps.  And, I've experienced it as being downright dangerous with icy whales surrounded by knee deep, argyle pattered, dirt and rock filled but dust covered traverse ruts.  If the coverage isn't good or the majority of the surface is black and blue I'll probably just show my old fart card and avoid it instead of just skiing a bone jarring, base wrecking, disaster just to prove I can.  There is plenty of other good terrain there when ex isn't so nice..

 

So I take it you won't be getting in other people's way on Ex this weekend? biggrin.gif

 

I totally disagree. Ex is one of the crown jewel trails of the Mid Atlantic. I've always enjoyed skiing down it, even in bad conditions. (Sounds like it is even icier than normal this year, at least in one spot.) I've never seen it having a "base wrecking" poor coverage surface. Other BK trails/glades, however, ....

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So I take it you won't be getting in other people's way on Ex this weekend? biggrin.gif

 

 

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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 ...be sure to put out that MD flag if you still have it :-)

 Good point.  My garage is a mess, if I find the Maryland State Flag I'll bring it and hang it outside of the Mountaintop house (off Jack Rabbit trail) so you can see it from the drive way.  If I can't find the Maryland flag, I'll bring a USA flag.  (Sorry Robin, no maple leaf until you get there with your hat.redface.gif)

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The first time i skied it that happened.  Then a bunch of us attacked it an hour later, Bumpfreaq and I had our little mogul challenge.  He hit a rock and reverse tomahawked.  Probably only half of us made it down without falling or almost falling.  I was one of those lucky ones hence, defeating Bumpfreaq in our little challenge.  It's all a matter of perspective and experience for me.  I'd probably be far more likely to drop Corbetts on a not so good day if it is my first time at JH.  If I've been there a few times and done it I'd be less likely to do it again on a bad day.  I recommend all the noobs try Ex if it is open.  My first priority is trying to teach my kid to ski.  Time permitting I'll ski the best runs in the best conditions.  NASTAR is also on the "to do" list if they are running.  I'm guessing they won't while the big air slopestyle event is happening.

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Honestly, Ex isn't even remotely "fun" to ski when it is BAREly open.  I've experience it being delightful with perfect slush bumps.  And, I've experienced it as being downright dangerous with icy whales surrounded by knee deep, argyle pattered, dirt and rock filled but dust covered traverse ruts.  If the coverage isn't good or the majority of the surface is black and blue I'll probably just show my old fart card and avoid it instead of just skiing a bone jarring, base wrecking, disaster just to prove I can.  There is plenty of other good terrain there when ex isn't so nice..


That's me last weekend. Ex was barely opened (ample cover- primary surface was ice). I skied the lower part in sheer survival mode -no fun.  I showed my old far card for a pass on upper Ex. Lol

 

Some rain predicted on Saturday? BUT let's pay serious homage to Ullr:

 

There is a glimmer of hope. the storm is splitting a bit. NorthWest branch weakens some. One scenario on Accuweather is that most of the rain will be blocked to head due east to Baltimore

and NYC.    DC Channel 9 had the rain/snow line on the Mason/Dixon line.

Fingers crossed.    John W

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I plan to be "live Tweeting"  some of the gathering related stuff on the official EpicSki page (twitter.com/@EpicSki). I'll try to post updates tomorrow morning about road conditions and the real snow conditions and openings as I figure them out after our 10 AM meet-up. 

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Current NWS point forecast (link provided by JimK):

 

 

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  • Friday Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Southeast wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Friday Night A chance of freezing rain and sleet before 1am, then a chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Southeast wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Saturday Rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Saturday Night A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

 

At worst case, I'm guessing the non-frozen precip periods will be brief, and not too heavy. Best case, it's all snow, but doesn't seem like there is a lot of pack to this storm.
 

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Best case, it's all snow

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Here's to snow!  Ima headin' west tomorrow so I'll make some turns for y'all if y'all'll make some turns for me!

 

Have fun!!

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Current NWS point forecast (link provided by JimK):

 

 

 

At worst case, I'm guessing the non-frozen precip periods will be brief, and not too heavy. Best case, it's all snow, but doesn't seem like there is a lot of pack to this storm.
 

 

I read that as: be careful driving up,  leave the down puffies at home, no significant change to the actual snowpack expected. 

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Have we decided on any retro stuff? I just finished up packing and threw in an early 90's Pens sweater. Also charging up the GoPro and Canon Rebel DSLR right now (not sure how much that will come out with me, but I figured I'll bring it at least) so we have pictures of the gathering. 

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Just to make sure we're all clear on meetups:

 

Have a red ribbon or something red somewhere visible. 

 

Friday 10 AM in lodge in front of fireplace

Friday 12 Noon in front of the lodge where the chairs unload?

Saturday? (Mountain opens at 9)

Sunday? (Mountain opens at 9)

 

Also I think so far our 10 AMers tomorrow are myself, DSloan, and Marznc at the moment. Anyone else planning to be there so we know who/how many to look for?

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Thread Starter 

Sunday might be better/clearer weather day for retro gear, but whatever.

 

We denizens of the mid-Atlantic may ski modest hills with modest snow, but we can anticipate a ski trip and electronically document a ski trip with the best of them!biggrin.gif

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Saturday? (Mountain opens at 9)

Sunday? (Mountain opens at 9)

 

Paging JimK, what time did we meet in the past, 9:30?

 

Many of us (most?) in the houses will likely have to ski down to the lift, ride up, then buy our passes at the ticket window. Each day (for those with Ski PA and Liftopia vouchers.)
 

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