My son, a boarding buddy of his, and I headed to Blue Knob lured by their snow report listing all snowmaking terrain except Extrovert open including several natural snow trails like Shortway, which is seldom open, Edgeset and Lower 66. We arrived around 9 am and the weather was typical Blue Knob; windy, snowy and cold. In short, it was just about perfect.
Not knowing how well son's buddy boarded I chose intermediate Jack Rabbit to start. The Rabbit had snowmaking mounds not yet groomed out with all the recent 20 inches of natural loosely distributed along the edges. There were also dirt and rocks to avoid. I had my rock skis but son and buddy were on new boards. It was fun watching them carefully pick their lines. It reminded me of the old adage, "There is good skiing, then there is skiing that's good for you."
Expressway and novice run Mambo Alley had good coverage both groomed and debris free but expert Stembogen was like Jack Rabbit only a lot more sketchy at the top, mounds of ungroomed machine made interspersed with bare spots and all the natural scrubbed away proving once again that Blue Knob will open terrain other resorts wouldn't even consider. I had to do it a second time for the challenge and because I spied the rope was down to the entrance of East Wall Glade
East Wall was sweet, soft packed natural and very few bare spots. Only the rock ledge was exposed.
Well too many words and not enough pictures. Sorry, no action shots but that explains why all the natural snow glades and trails were so sweet. Without further ado.
Son and buddy in Skyline Glade
East Wall Glade shot from the chair
Shortway all for myself
Get your kicks on Route 66
Bottom of Forever Glade
I felt real bad that the glades were empty and I had all that soft snow to myself.