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post #1 of 14
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I'm starting this thread to let you know what to expect conditions-wise for the Gathering Feb 22-23 (+/- a day)

 

I'll update with first hand reports tomorrow and next weekend (been skiing somewhere else the last week - cough, cough), but things are setting up real well for a great Gathering weekend.

 

Right now, all the main trails are open, as are some of the glades. Current natural settled snow depth is 6 inches (http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com/), but given last week's warm-up/nair and refreeze/new snow, the base should be bomber (covering the nasties Mother Nature leaves in the woods.) With 12 inches of new snow, it will be ski anywhere and everywhere. And it looks like the snow should be coming: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Davis&state=WV&site=PBZ&textField1=39.131&textField2=-79.4665#.UvgmzLTjXQo

 

Timberline is notorious for getting 2-3 inches of snow per day for a 4-7 day period. This could be one of those periods coming up. Plus if a cold coastal storm emerges...

 

For the bark bashers, I'd recommend a set of skis that you wouldn't mind skiing over some fallen wood (vs rocks.) Not needed for the trails.

 

And for Old Boot's sake, remember there is no Day 1. We are starting with Day 2...

post #2 of 14
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I came down with the cold that Living Proof had at the end of the Utah trip, so I won't be able to give a first-hand update until next weekend. But 4 inches of new snow accumulated since my last post, and cold for the rest of the week with chance of snow from Wednesday nite through Sunday.

 

Surface is probably like this right now (I feel like I have a following): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMJsNmjESI0&feature=youtu.be

post #3 of 14

Wow, 5 day forecast currently says high 20s, low 30s and rain.   Talk about right on the cusp of great (snow if a little colder) or terrible (or ice :-( )   hahaha.  Bringing a pair of ice picks, a pair of fatties, and a pair of Swiss Army 80s.

post #4 of 14

This forecast only mentions snow, no niar.  I'll keep this one:)  http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/US/WV/Canaan_Valley.html

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
 

This forecast only mentions snow, no niar.  I'll keep this one:)  http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/US/WV/Canaan_Valley.html

 

That altitude corresponds to mid-mountain.

 

Here are the one's I use NWS Point Forecast Pitts Office   NWS Point Forecast Charleston Office

 

Looks dry for Sat, Sun. If high's are close to 40, the slopes should be pretty soft by noon, independent of what happens this week.

post #6 of 14

The mainstream media forecasts are shifting  to cooler and from rain to snow Sunday.  Honestly, we'll ski in whatever gets served up.  It's the conditions for the drive up that concern me most.  Freezing rain or sleet Friday night would suck.  Not many places if any to bail and stop for the night between Harrisonburg and Le Hermetage on the route 33 we come up through. We can head further north and come around that 48 way, but it's still two hours out when we'll have to make that decision and if it is already bad enough at that point to consider changing the route we'd probably just stop in Harrisonburg to be safe. 

 

Here's to no ice Friday night!:beercheer:.  The rest of the weekend anything goes!:yahoo:

post #7 of 14
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 Freezing rain or sleet Friday night would suck.

 

I haven't seen any forecast that have indicated any precip Friday night, but I haven't checked every location between NC and the WV highlands.

post #8 of 14
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I haven't seen any forecast that have indicated any precip Friday night, but I haven't checked every location between NC and the WV highlands.


The MSM weather folks have backed off of that and now have Friday and Saturday as dry with snow on Sunday.  They were saying rain when I looked Sunday.  Now I need a plan to spring the kid from school an hour early to hit the road running.  Now they ask for the phone number of doc and dentists offices to call and verify before excusing absences from school early.  We'll come up with something though..:devil: 

post #9 of 14

Looks like the rain is back but earlier than the long term forecast last weekend predicted.  Should be gone by the time we get there Friday night though ;-)  Suppoosed to be on the warm side til Sunday.  Bringing soft snow gear.

post #10 of 14
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Looks like we should have nice and soft Spring conditions on Saturday and Sunday at Timberline. Likely true corn conditions, with lows below freezing at night, and highs near or above 40. All trails should be open, with the exception of 2-3 short natural snow trails at the very bottom of the mountain (it is common that they are closed.)

 

There should be nice bumps on Upper Thunderdraft, The Drop and Off the Wall.

 

Glades will likely be dicey. Current settled snow depth this AM is 14", but rain is forecast for tonight/tomorrow AM, and the temps will be warm for the next 36 hours or so.

 

For those skiing Canaan Valley on Monday, I don't know what the status will be for the natural snow trails such as Upper C Lift Line, Old Canaan Curve, Prosperity, Dark Side of the Moon, Meadows III. AFAIK, they do make some snow on Meadows I and II, so there is a good chance they'll be open. When there is plenty of natural snow, CV is a pow playground.

post #11 of 14

The weather forecasts are still all over the place but seem to say rain through tomorrow morning.  Will they groom or let it bump up?  Saturday night in to Sunday could be some fresh snow:D

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

The weather forecasts are still all over the place but seem to say rain through tomorrow morning.  Will they groom or let it bump up?  Saturday night in to Sunday could be some fresh snow:D

 

They may not groom tonight or tomorrow due to the rain, but most certainly will Fri PM/Sat AM. The bump runs I mentioned haven't been groomed all year.

post #13 of 14
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Good news is that it apparently still hasn't rained a T-Line yet. Looks like a brief period of rain (possibly intense though) from 3 am to noon. With maybe some spitting snow at the end.

post #14 of 14

Looking like hero snow all day Saturday:yahoo:

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