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Mid-Atlantic Gathering Location - Poll

Poll Results: Where should we have the Mid-Atlantic Gathering?

Poll expired: Nov 30, 2013  
  • 47% (16)
    Blue Knob, PA
  • 52% (18)
    Timberline, WV
34 Total Votes  
post #1 of 163
Thread Starter 

Co-Gathermeisters Jamesj and I were going to alternate our Gathering location between Blue Knob and Timberline but due to the positive feedback on last year's Blue Knob event and the fact that many attendees expressed an interest to return we thought it best to let the people decide. As is our custom, the Mid-Atlantic Gathering will be held the weekend after Presidents Day. This season the dates are Friday February 21, 2014 to Sunday February 23. All interested parties should cast a vote. So which will it be Blue Knob or Timberline?

post #2 of 163

I voted for T-line just because we didn't get to ski the whole mountain when we had the last Gathering there.  It was cold, windy and not much snow was on the non-snowmaking trails.  I'd really like to ski it when it is at full strength!

 

That being said, I have no problem with returning to BK as I thoroughly enjoy skiing there.

 

Mike

post #3 of 163

Humm... I like the road access to Blue Knob better.  I'll need to do some creative re-mapping of the GPS to take us in to Timberline from a different direction if we go there again.  We literally drove down gravel farm roads and small highways where we didn't see any gas stations for over two hours last time.  Kinda unsettling in a blizzard.   Like Mike, I'd still like to see more of Timberline.  If we could get the same house Chance of Snow would vote Timberline just for the foosball table hahaha.  He can now ski most blues including Jackrabbit so we're good at either place now.  I'll wait awhile before casting a vote,  Remember, Chance of Snow has a vote now too.  We can be bribed hahaha

post #4 of 163
Thread Starter 

Blue Knob Unofficial Guide and Timberline Unofficial Guide for your enlightenment and entertainment.

post #5 of 163

I'd just like to mention that NO pictures from the Snowpocalyse/Snowmaggedon year are shown in the Timberline Unofficial Guide. There are a few in the Blue Knob Guide. :duck:

 

And plenty of brain cells were destroyed while taking the Timberline pictures.

post #6 of 163

Like crgildart, I need to think a bit.  Timing is perfect since I'll be finishing up a week at Mnut so either works.  Have never been to Tline, but really liked staying right on the slope at BK.  Being there when the chair with mid-station is running would be fun.

post #7 of 163

Not sure I'll vote as I'm 50/50 whether I could make it.  But it's only a 20 or 30 minute difference in drive time for me so that's not a factor like it may be for some.  What's the better place for snow in an average year? 

post #8 of 163
Thread Starter 

Timberline has higher average snowfall and the base is just a little lower in elevation than the top of Blue Knob.

post #9 of 163

Where do people usually stay when the gathering is at Tline?

post #10 of 163
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Where do people usually stay when the gathering is at Tline?

 

Timberline has a great deal of slopeside and near slopeside homes for rent, some condos too.  I don't want to divulge the house we rented two years ago (Chance's foosball and hot tub house) for a gathering because I might want to get it again for this event.  But, for example, look at some of the rental houses here to get an idea, some are pretty affordable:  http://www.mountaintoprentals.net/

post #11 of 163
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Timberline has a great deal of slopeside and near slopeside homes for rent, some condos too.  I don't want to divulge the house we rented two years ago (Chance's foosball and hot tub house) for a gathering because I might want to get it again for this event.  But, for example, look at some of the rental houses here to get an idea, some are pretty affordable:  http://www.mountaintoprentals.net/

That's all I needed to know.  Slopeside is better with a group.

 

Occurs to me that there are timeshare places in Davis.  I haven't looked that carefully at the details to see how available they are in the winter.  Mnut units are easy for me to get during the winter on non-hoilday weekends.  More people go there during summer vacation.  Davis may be the same.

post #12 of 163
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Occurs to me that there are timeshare places in Davis.  I haven't looked that carefully at the details to see how available they are in the winter.  Mnut units are easy for me to get during the winter on non-hoilday weekends.  More people go there during summer vacation.  Davis may be the same.

 

Perhaps, but there are a lot of really nice slopeside accommodations at Timberline for very reasonable prices (at least, when I arranged a trip for a bunch of people last spring). Personally, I think slopeside trumps the Davis "nightlife"... ;)

 

(On the other hand, this will be my first Gathering, assuming I can get away that weekend, so what do I know?)

post #13 of 163

BLUE KNOB

post #14 of 163
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Occurs to me that there are timeshare places in Davis.  I haven't looked that carefully at the details to see how available they are in the winter.  Mnut units are easy for me to get during the winter on non-hoilday weekends.  More people go there during summer vacation.  Davis may be the same.

 

Perhaps, but there are a lot of really nice slopeside accommodations at Timberline for very reasonable prices (at least, when I arranged a trip for a bunch of people last spring). Personally, I think slopeside trumps the Davis "nightlife"... ;)

 

(On the other hand, this will be my first Gathering, assuming I can get away that weekend, so what do I know?)

 

I agree, slopeside with friends is better for a weekend.  But for unpopular weeks, sometimes I can get a 2BR/2BA timeshare unit for under $400 . . . for an entire week.  I have a tendency to explore lots of lodging options for a place I'm likely to go again.  As my schedule opens up, Tline and Canaan Valley are on the Mid-A bucket list.  Plan to be skiing more midweek in the future.

 

Certainly hope you can make the Gathering, regardless of where it happens.  Lots of good company on and off slope.
 

post #15 of 163

marznc glad this is on your to do list. Land of Canaan is time share, located in the valley not in town. It's situated in between Timberline and Canaan Valley Ski Area.

post #16 of 163

Hmmmm I'm going to be getting back from a trip the 12-18 of February with 6 days skiing at Mt Baker/Whistler on top of a trip December 31- January 6th based out of Bozeman. HOWEVER, my wife will be at a wedding in Seattle that weekend. I really can't commit right now, but this is on my radar.   

post #17 of 163

I'm hoping to swing a 2-3 week visit home to ski in February, bu have to be back to CR before March 1st to photograph a friend's wedding. If I'm stateside I should be able to make it if it's at BK, Timberline is almost twice as far for me and I drive right past BK half way there. I'd really like to see another BK gathering with the mid-station in play. Plus what are the odds of another day when its 23 degrees and raining with 30 mph winds. 

post #18 of 163
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
 

marznc glad this is on your to do list. Land of Canaan is time share, located in the valley not in town. It's situated in between Timberline and Canaan Valley Ski Area.

 

Assuming decent road conditions, how long is the drive to the slopes from Land of Canaan?

post #19 of 163
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Assuming decent road conditions, how long is the drive to the slopes from Land of Canaan?

In ideal conditions it is actually supposed to be an hour shorter than the drive to Blue Knob from here.  We had really hard snow the time we went so it took about the same, maybe a little longer.

 

It's a more strenuous drive though, lots of little two lane highways and mountain roads, some not even paved.  There doesn't appear to be any major interstate workarounds that don't add an hour to the overall trip time of 6 hours shortest/fastest route according to Google Maps.

post #20 of 163
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

 

Assuming decent road conditions, how long is the drive to the slopes from Land of Canaan?

In ideal conditions it is actually supposed to be an hour shorter than the drive to Blue Knob from here.  We had really hard snow the time we went so it took about the same, maybe a little longer.

 

It's a more strenuous drive though, lots of little two lane highways and mountain roads, some not even paved.  There doesn't appear to be any major interstate workarounds that don't add an hour to the overall trip time of 6 hours shortest/fastest route according to Google Maps.

 

I was asking about from the timeshare resort in Davis to Tline or CV.

 

The advantage I have is that I would be starting from Mnut.  So getting to Davis is not an issue.

 

There is a route that one of the SkiSE guys told me about that is pretty straightforward.  Definitely does not include unpaved roads.

post #21 of 163
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 Land of Canaan is time share, located in the valley not in town. It's situated in between Timberline and Canaan Valley Ski Area.

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

 

Assuming decent road conditions, how long is the drive to the slopes from Land of Canaan?

 

Parking lot to parking lot, Timberline and Canaan Valley are 10 minutes apart, tops. All on flat roads in the Valley.

 

Land of Canaan is five minutes drive to either area. All flat roads.

post #22 of 163

Only a fool relies on GPS in West Virginia.

post #23 of 163
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 I was asking about from the timeshare resort in Davis to Tline or CV.

 

There is the town of Davis, which is 10+ miles from Timberline Ski Area. However, the mailing address of Timberline Ski Area, Canaan Valley Ski Area, etc. is considered Davis. Though we just call that area Canaan Valley or the Valley.

post #24 of 163
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 Land of Canaan is time share, located in the valley not in town. It's situated in between Timberline and Canaan Valley Ski Area.

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

 

Assuming decent road conditions, how long is the drive to the slopes from Land of Canaan?

 

Parking lot to parking lot, Timberline and Canaan Valley are 10 minutes apart, tops. All on flat roads in the Valley.

 

Land of Canaan is five minutes drive to either area. All flat roads.

Thanks!  Sounds a lot easier than going between Sugar and Beech in NC.

 

Land of Canaan check in/out is on Saturdays, all 2BR/2BA.  Won't be obvious how easy it is to get a unit until Nov or Dec.  Many timeshare owners wait until closer to the date before decided whether or not to put their unit into the spacebank pool.

 

In any case, finding lodging is not an issue on a non-holiday weekend either for Tline/CV or BK.

post #25 of 163

double double post post

post #26 of 163
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Originally Posted by JohnL View Post
 

Only a fool relies on GPS in West Virginia.

I'm looking at Google Maps for the most recent info.  Still doesn't look good at all coming from due south.  East or west approaches look quite reasonable.  Go ahead, map it from Durham, NC and see what the options are..

post #27 of 163
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I'm looking at Google Maps for the most recent info.  Still doesn't look good at all coming from due south.  East or west approaches look quite reasonable.  Go ahead, map it from Durham, NC and see what the options are..

The idea from the Triangle is to go to Danville, then straight up US29, cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, on to Harrisonburg on I-81, then west on US33 to WV32.  Exactly the route to Mnut to start with, which takes 4 hours from my house in northwest Wake County (a mile from southern Durham).  From Harrisonburg, it's another 2 hours if not snowing.  Roads are mostly in valleys.  That's what I was thinking and what Google Maps picks as the first choice.

 

The advice I remember clearly is that you want to have a full tank of gas before leaving the Harrisonburg area because there is no place to gas up along the way after that.

 

That makes CV an hour closer to Durham than BK, but slightly greater risk of snowy roads being an issue.  Of course, if you have passenger who is prone to getting carsick on mountain roads, that's another factor.

post #28 of 163
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

That makes CV an hour closer to Durham than BK, but slightly greater risk of snowy roads being an issue.  Of course, if you have passenger who is prone to getting carsick on mountain roads, that's another factor.

Yes, that is the route and experience we had last time.  There were short parts of route 28 and 33 that were gravel roads, no kidding!  It will be two years later when we go so hopefully it will be a little better this time.

 

As for the kid and the switchbacks, this was taken about an hour before we reached Timberline in 2012.

post #29 of 163
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

That makes CV an hour closer to Durham than BK, but slightly greater risk of snowy roads being an issue.  Of course, if you have passenger who is prone to getting carsick on mountain roads, that's another factor.

Yes, that is the route and experience we had last time.  There are short parts of route 28 and 33 that are gravel roads, no kidding!

 

As for the kid and the switchbacks, this was taken about an hour before we reached Timberline in 2012.

So he is voting for BK? :)

post #30 of 163

Haha, I think he wants the coolest ski house.  Terrain isn't as big a factor for him. 

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