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The Mid Atlantic and the Northeast had great snow conditions over this past President's Day weekend. This occurred at the perfect time for ski area operators, since the crowds were in general larger than normal for this typically busy and $$$ weekend.

 

30 inches of snow has fallen over five days at Timberline over the past five days, with 20 inches on Thursday/Friday. Due to work (and 6 days off for the Utah Gathering the previous week), I couldn't ski either of those two days. But conditions on Sat, Sun, Mon did not suck too badly. And hopefully won't on Tuesday.

 

Here are some quick random pix from Leftover's Day (Monday.) Conditions were too good to stop for pix on Sat/Sun. And the temps w winds were pretty brisk those days.

 

View of White Lightning (and the new Zipline :rolleyes) over the larger than normal snow pile in the parking lot.

 

 

Here are a couple of pix of the center section of Cherry Bowl. The scrub was removed from this section over the past summer, increasing the number of skiable lines. (In the past it was over-thinned due to logging, so this part is really not tree skiing, but it can be tons of fun.)

 

 

For the Wolf Creekers in the crowd, we polish our ski bases on the brush. Actually, this is a poor shot of typical brush lines we ski at the end of powder days to get fresh tracks. And brush and scrub does not grow on rock, which is a plus. Lesser of two evils.

 

@Jimmy about ready to lay down some Wheeling, WV funk in some newly-cleared trees. Putting a glide in his stride and a dip in his hip. And he didn't spill a drop of his dirty martini.

 

This view never gets old for me:

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Looks like condition won't suck too bad for the Gathering next weekend. Nice pics and I'm 50/50 about cleaning up Cherry but I have to ask one question. Are the lifts any faster? :D

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What wonderful conditions.  Wish I was not stuck in MD this upcoming weekend and could join you in on the gathering.

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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post
 

Looks like condition won't suck too bad for the Gathering next weekend. Nice pics and I'm 50/50 about cleaning up Cherry but I have to ask one question. Are the lifts any faster? :D

 

The cleaning up of Cherry Bowl was in the lower center section. Most of the stuff up top is just as tight. The cleaning up was IMHO a good thing, since deadfall from Sandy and growing scrub reduced the number of skiable lines greatly last year. As a result, too much traffic in the good spots. But, it could still use a mature tree (or two or three or...) in that section.

 

As to the lifts, depends upon how much you've had for breakfast and what they feed the chipmunks for their breakfast. :D

 

BTW, one more great day on the slopes today (Tuesday) for bark bashing and trail arcing. Morning was primo. But by the end of the day, snow was starting to get a bit heavy in some of the deeper spots in the trees. Temps hit 40 or so, but there was a brisk wind all day. (Which freshened things up early in the day.)

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the brambles are nothing to worry about just ski them. 

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Nice work JohnL, way to slay some trees!

 

Great to see some pics of my Gathering bud @jimmy

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the brambles are nothing to worry about just ski them. 

 

Yep. Do it all the time down here. Not as much acreage as up north, so the main lines in the trees get skied out pretty fast, so you have to hit brambles and brush to get fresh snow.

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