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Living in the Mid-Atlantic has many advantages, none of which are related to skiing.

Every year I travel further and further afield later and later in the year to get whatever turns I can manage. This weekend brought me to many a Bear's favorite, Blue Knob Four Seasons Resort. I do love BK,  but there are a myriad of reasons why I chose Blue Knob for my first turns of the year, the main one being it's the first hill that actually has snow within a manageable day trip from Northern Virginia.

The resort has been able to blow a foot or so, and was in the process of being blessed by a few inches of natural on top. The natural snow was surprisingly dry, and the conditions were really quite great for ripping long fast terms. That being said trail options and length were limited: Upper Mambo was open to the mid-loading station, and that's all she wrote. 45 seconds down, 5 minutes back up the lift. 

Strong, cold winds and blowing snow gave me a nice first blast of winter, and I was very thankful for both.

With any luck the storm coming through today will be able to open up much more terrain to provide us with a nice holiday week.

Flew solo this time, so all I have for evidence that we can ski here in December is a shot from the lift.

 

1000

 

Thanks for reading.

 

~GR

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But being a fellow Mid Atlantic residing skier too, when conditions are good and all lifts running we really really enjoy it. Fortunately the long range forecast looks pretty favorable for snow making. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
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Thanks for sharing. Hopefully things stay cold and snowy!
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As a Northern Virginian ex-patriot, I cannot think of any advantages to living there.  Fortunately, not everyone shares my view, or it would be mighty crowded elsewhere!  I skied Blue Knob once when I was a low beginner, and all I remember is that even the green terrified me.  Good times. It would be interesting to visit again ...

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GrumpyR:  Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you noticed the thread about a Mid-Atlantic Gathering at Blue Knob in Feb?

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Strong, cold winds and blowing snow gave me a nice first blast of winter, and I was very thankful for both.

 

 

1000

 

Thanks for reading.

 

~GR

 

 

Thats what I'm talking about!  

 

Well done!

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GrumpyR:  Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you noticed the thread about a Mid-Atlantic Gathering at Blue Knob in Feb?

I have, and it looks like a great time. I have a tentative Vermont trip planned that weekend, so we'll see what happens.
I'll be up at BK for this weekend and New Years, and will update everyone.
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As a Northern Virginian ex-patriot, I cannot think of any advantages to living there.  Fortunately, not everyone shares my view, or it would be mighty crowded elsewhere!  I skied Blue Knob once when I was a low beginner, and all I remember is that even the green terrified me.  Good times. It would be interesting to visit again ...

Employment is my main advantage here.
BK can jump up and bite you, and can be visually intimidating when compared to all the other Metro DC options.
"Ski good or eat wood" is a favorite bumper sticker of mine from there.
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Employment is my main advantage here.
BK can jump up and bite you, and can be visually intimidating when compared to all the other Metro DC options.
"Ski good or eat wood" is a favorite bumper sticker of mine from there.

 

Lovely.  I have a sticker "snow makes me wet" from Silverton, but I can't quite bring myself to stick it on my car or my skis, so I have it pinned up in my home office.  Along with "Breckenridge is my happy place," but that's not exactly clever.

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Conditions are amazing at Blue Knob right now!  As you might know BK received over 12" of powder.  Its a little heavy and offering excellent coverage in the trees. BK has opened all of the upper mountain, including the Triple and Forever glades and some of the lower runs- Shortway (not open at all last season), High Hopes (blowing snow) and Stembogan. Expressway is an awesome run, as they only groomed one small side.  If you want to get in some natural runs with some fun bumps and natural conditions get to BK!!!  It was windy in the morning but that all died down. Tomorrow looks to be a promising day of riding- and with temps not dipping below freezing within the 10 day forecast conditions should be great this season!

I even got in one backcountry run of the mountain below the condo village- epic!

I am working on pics on the 'unofficial' guide on the page.

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I have never been to Blue Knob but hoping to check it out this year!

post #12 of 12

Great! Its been a good season so far and they are blowing snow on Extrovert so it should be open soon!  There is a Mid Atlantic gathering in late Feb at Blue Knob hope to see you there. -

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