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Blue Knob 12/30

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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. eek.gif

 

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.

 

Jake and Eric in Skyline Glade

 

Son and buddy in Skyline Glade

 

Skier in East Wall Glade

 

East Wall Glade shot from the chair

 

Lower Shortway

 

Shortway all for myself

 

Short Cut

 

 

Short CutLower 66

 

Get your kicks on Route 66

 

 

Skyline too

 

Bottom of Forever Glade

 

I felt real bad that the glades were empty and I had all that soft snow to myself.biggrin.gif

post #2 of 13

Nice TR!  Trying to figure out how to make it to BK in Feb.

post #3 of 13

BK is excellent! I was there on the 30th as well. I'll definitely be back! 

post #4 of 13

Curious how BK has skied since ~Jan 1st. Any more recent reports? How's the snow making been going there the past week?

post #5 of 13
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I had my rock skis but son and buddy were on new boards. It was fun watching them carefully pick their lines.

 

Carefully? I call BS on that one (I've seen your son ski.) Who pays for his skis and tunes his skis? With a sugar daddy like you, he ain't that careful. biggrin.gif

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I've been hoping to get back out before the meltdown but I got out only one day to 7S. Heading out for some January meltdown skiing tomorrow. Don't know where yet. Marcus is out with a pulled hammy, maybe back next week.

 

As for my son, well at least he paid lip service, not my daughter. Although she paid for her own skis she knows that I tune them.rolleyes.gif

 

So far little rain this AM in the Pixburgh lowlands.

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I've been hoping to get back out before the meltdown but I got out only one day to 7S.

 

I played hookey and skied Timberline this past Wednesday. Skied all but two runs in the trees, mostly Cherry Bowl. Snow was no where near as good as this past Sunday, but I needed to get it before it melted. It was "good for you" snow, not good snow. Heavy and wet. My hips were dead the day after due to the work of pushing my skis through the heavy stuff all day. But since I got it when I could, I'll be less twitchy during this thaw.

 

In the lower mountain, looks like BK only has Stembogan and High Hopes open.
 

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Wife wants to go to Seven Springs tomorrow, I'm not surprised about conditions @ BK. I was skiing mostly natural while I was there. I think ChimneyRidgeTC said they were making on Extrovert a while back but it doesn't look like they ever got it open. Wow, if I'd known you were gonna play hooky I might have meet you there. Look for us next 'good conditions' weekend. I know the crew wants to get there before the Luau. Our cheap stay down there in spring is no longer, looks like day trips 'til spring.

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Wow, if I'd known you were gonna play hooky I might have meet you there.

 

I was thinking about giving you a call the nite before, but ran out of time. Had a hockey game I had to dash off to. Conditions were tough on Wed so it may not have been worth it for you; it was a really tough slog with the heavy wet snow. But I have a twisted sense of fun at times.
 

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What does not kill you makes you stronger but you are right, it says nothing about being happier. How's your AT set up? I settled on boots, gotta mount my bindings but I'm running out of skis. Only my rock skis in alpine bindings now. rock on. See you at T-Slime or BK.

post #11 of 13

Tomorrow looks warm and spring-like.  Where are you going?

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How's your AT set up? I settled on boots, gotta mount my bindings but I'm running out of skis. Only my rock skis in alpine bindings now. rock on.

 

Give me a call next week (towards the weekend.) I think you know I got the Rossi S3 with Atomic Tracker (~Marker Dukes), so that will take care of front-side early/late season hiking and side-country. And Whitegrass when I want to huck a 10 footer.

 

I may actually opt for more of a touring set-up with waxless skis and tele boots versus AT (had to pass on a last Sunday invite to hit the Sods/slack country; touring more than downhill. No worries about missing that one, since I bashed Cherry Bowl and Old Dominion, which was good for my soul.)
 

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We might still head to the Springs later but now we are in a fog.

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