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.
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