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Whitetail, PA 3/9/14

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Good day at Whitetail today in south-central PA.  40something degrees, little wind, moderate crowds, and I had some discount tickets to burn and skied with two of my daughters.  Whitetail still had lots of manmade snow coverage and all trails were open.  The surfaces sugared-up pretty heavily by about noon, but gorgeous sunshine made it an extremely pleasant day anyway.  We are deep into spring skiing here in the mid-Atlantic, sad to say.  Despite a lot of snow our resorts will probably start closing in a week or two.  Although this year has been exceptionally cool for good snow preservation.  A number of our resorts opened in late November, maybe some can make it to early April.  That would be well beyond our normal season length.

 

Suzy warming up on the green circle Sidewinder Trail:

 

There's a random guy getting some pretty good air in the background of this shot from the base of the Terrain Park:

 

 

Whitetail has a high speed quad that serves over 900 feet of vertical, which is good for our part of the ski world:

 

I was very impressed with this adaptive skier who was still in the early stages of learning to ski.  There is a courage thing at work here.

 

 

Looking up at some advanced trails, Bold Decision and Exhibition (with bumps that were bigger than the look from here)

 

 

Pops, Mary and Suzy:

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AWESOME to see the Bionic Man out there, wow.  Very impressive.

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Nice trip report,  I was at Roundtop Sunday myself for the NASTAR racing and can say they had good coverage on all trails.  Things were starting to get slushy on some of the trails in the Mid-Afternoon, but all were nice early on.  The soft snow did make the bumps on Gunbarrel really nice to ski.

 

As for closing dates, a couple of Roundtop employees said they've been put on notice to be available through the first weekend of April, though they have not been officially told they will stay open that long.  Since the Minuteman lift broke down while I was there Sunday, their plans on how long to stay open may change because of it.  I think Whitetail plans on closing this Sunday, March 16th.  Not sure about Liberty, but they are planning to start a major construction project as soon as the season is over, so that may stop them from going too late into the season.

 

It would be great to have a day of April skiing in the Mid-Atlantic, so how Roundtop is able to stay open till then.

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I was at Roundtop on Saturday, first time at any of the southern PA areas.  Things were getting pretty mushy by around noonish...wish I had wider skis (someday).  I agree, the bumps on Gunbarrel were superb, certainly a lot better than what I typically see at the Pocono areas.  Coverage was indeed very good, and there seemed to be more snow between the trails than at Whitetail.  A couple of locals I rode on the lift with said the employees were taking bets on the possibility they may be open beyond next weekend, but maybe it's Roundtop's "turn" among the 3 local areas since they areowned by the same company

 

I had heard the Minuteman lift broke down Saturday afternoon?

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I was at Roundtop on Saturday, first time at any of the southern PA areas.  Things were getting pretty mushy by around noonish...wish I had wider skis (someday).  I agree, the bumps on Gunbarrel were superb, certainly a lot better than what I typically see at the Pocono areas.  Coverage was indeed very good, and there seemed to be more snow between the trails than at Whitetail.  A couple of locals I rode on the lift with said the employees were taking bets on the possibility they may be open beyond next weekend, but maybe it's Roundtop's "turn" among the 3 local areas since they areowned by the same company

 

I had heard the Minuteman lift broke down Saturday afternoon?

 

It broke down around 2:30.  I was riding up the Gunbarrel lift with a member of the safety team and heard all the chatter on his intercom on getting patrollers and safety team members to close off Minuteman to deal with the broken lift.  When I left around 4pm, there were still people stuck on the lift.  Their website still lists the Minuteman lift as closed.

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Ouch, over an hour and a half stuck on a lift.  Thankfully it was a nice day, but they must not have been happy campers....

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