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post #151 of 245
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post
 

A quick update about Blue Mtn.'s facility work this season. Biggest change is the Valley Lodge has been greatly expanded with permanent tent structures. All ski school lessons and rental now can only be done at the Valley Lodge. The True Blue Ski Shop is also at the bottom, along with the ski tuning shop. The tuning shop is now part of the ski shop and is no longer visible. I miss talking to the people who actually work on my skis, don't like this change. My understanding is that Blue will continue to develop the Valley Lodge to become more prominent and take the bulk of skier traffic. It's so much easier to park in the Valley lodge and directly access the High Speed lifts, plus, no need to take the slow chairs to return to the mountain lodge at days end. I'm not certain when Blue will start it's proposed Water Park (will not open in '15) but that will be accessed via the Valley Lodge. The Mountain Lodge has had a great upgrade and looks much better.

 

The recent cold weather enabled most all runs to be open. Sidwinder terrain park will be last, but, should open soon. The Blue midweek regulars are so happy that the mountain is mostly open, skiing there with just Main Stree, Lazy Mile and Paradise gets old quick, plus, the skier traffic on those trails can be insane. On Friday, I skied till 11:30 and left due to crowds, as Blue had closed a couple of trails for racing.

 

Any way, it's great to be back on the slopes.

 

BTW, I did not do the Elk demo day. Skied the day before, for first day of season, and my technique did not warrant demoing skis. Anybody go, and if so, how was it?


Any change to the food in the Valley Lodge? I usually eat at the bar in the main lodge because all the other options suck. Problem is there is no other reason to go to the main lodge and it is a PITA to get to.

post #152 of 245
I demoed several skis along with a few others from the Wilmington Ski Club bus trip. Two fellows were happy with the best of their choices and will be buying new skis pronto. I tried some good skis, but most were too short for me since the reps did not bring their longest models, except Fischer. They all chuckled when they saw how tall I was! nonono2.gif

I liked both the Ranger 88 184 cm and Motive 86 182 cm, but for different reasons. The Ranger was just fun and playful in the soft snow as you would expect, while the Motive let me open them up on some wide groomers and handled my size. Not much soft now on Friday unfortunately. Was afraid the tail of the Motive would be too aggressive, but I didn't have any problems with it. Just wish Fischer had had the longest model of their cheater GS ski there (RC4?), but he says they are sold out! Salomon, Rossignol, K2, Volkl, Nordica, Icelantic, Elan, Atomic all had models I wanted to ski, but due to shortness of skis and time, I only took out the Salomon X-Drive 8.0 Ti 177 cm and E88 180 cm. Both were clearly stiffer than my E83 184 cm, but felt too short for me. I really wanted to try the Kendo, Soul, a Pursuit, and Hero Elite LT, but only the latter was there in a suitable length and it was only there once when I showed up at the tent to try the new E88. The Rossi rep closed up shop too early, kinda of an airhead compared to the other reps, I guess they don't need to try to sell lots of Rossis. rolleyes.gif

No Head, Blizzard, etc. to try.
post #153 of 245
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Any change to the food in the Valley Lodge? I usually eat at the bar in the main lodge because all the other options suck. Problem is there is no other reason to go to the main lodge and it is a PITA to get to.

Food sold at the Blue cafeteria areas, Valley and Mountain, is a subject for a rant.:mad  Agree the bar food on the mountain is better, I'd continue the PITA chair ride to get there. Personally, I never eat there anymore. Midweek, I join a group of regulars who do a really good picnic type lunch in the parking area.

 

Make sure you buy a lift ticket in advance as walk up tickets are for 6 hours only. Time spent eating is now done on the clock. BOO! 

post #154 of 245
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Food sold at the Blue cafeteria areas, Valley and Mountain, is a subject for a rant.:mad  Agree the bar food on the mountain is better, I'd continue the PITA chair ride to get there. Personally, I never eat there anymore. Midweek, I join a group of regulars who do a really good picnic type lunch in the parking area.

 

Make sure you buy a lift ticket in advance as walk up tickets are for 6 hours only. Time spent eating is now done on the clock. BOO! 

I was at Blue yesterday. The new Slopeside Pub & Grill in the main lodge was pretty good. Mgmt and staff were sucking up pretty good trying to make a good first impression.  Getting there and back was an even bigger PITA than usual as Main St and any trails that lead to it were closed due to a broken pipe on Main street.

post #155 of 245
Will probably be there tomorrow. I'll try the soup at the Slopeside.
post #156 of 245
Made it to the demo day. Buckmans did a good job. Never used my own skis at all. Lower parking lot was almost full by the time I quit at 1:00, but lift lines weren't bad. Will try again next Wednesday after a couple of days of snow, I hope.
post #157 of 245
Anyone know if the poconos got rain the past two days?
post #158 of 245
Blue got a rain-snow mix Monday, causing me to skip the demo day. Website now says 2 inches of snow overnite, groomed granular conditions now (Tuesday 2/10).
post #159 of 245

Yes, they did.  I live within 15-20 miles of most of the areas.  There was freezing rain in the morning, then sleet, then about 1-2 inches of snow overnight.  Many schools were closed because of road conditions being very bad in the morning.  Might have been a bit more snow up at Elk, but they are reporting 2" of snow.  Temps should be low 30s until Friday.  Sunday highs in the single digits predicted.  Some snow showers, but no real accumulation.

post #160 of 245
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Blue got a rain-snow mix Monday, causing me to skip the demo day. Website now says 2 inches of snow overnite, groomed granular conditions now (Tuesday 2/10).

Blue skied really well today, about as good as it gets. Worst aspect was the melting ice/snow on the top crossbars of the chairs began to melt, just giving all on the chair a good shower. Was nice to feel the warmer weather, some sum in late morning.

 

Evan,

I plan to do Blue Tomorrow and Thursday. Let me know if you might be there.

post #161 of 245
Will be out of town till Sunday evening, going to Cape Cod where I hope to get some xc ski in. Why not Vermont? Don't ask. May try next Monday. Is there a demo day? Then I'm off to New Mexico where it's in the 70s frown.gif.
post #162 of 245

Looks like I'll be at Ski Liberty this Friday, the 13th (coming up from Virginia)... if anyone's interested in meeting up for a while, let me know.

post #163 of 245
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Blue skied really well today, about as good as it gets.

Having just skied there, either that statement is open to interpretation, or Blue doesn't get very good. Sad to say I have skied Camelback the last few Wednesdays and the snow conditions were far superior. I'm starting to agree with Phil, there is something magically icy in Blue's "snow."

post #164 of 245
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Wow -- this Sunday is a real gut-up kinda day.  Dying to get out there on my new Kastles, but man-o-man, 2 to 6 degrees (with a wind chill us girls don't even wanna think about).  I did just grab a pair of heavy duty skivvies on sale.

 

WD65 and I (and our crew of hearty pirate yutes) are considering Camelback, JF, or Elk for Sunday.  Normally we wouldn't go near CB on a holiday weekend (Sundays are usually pretty decent there otherwise, unlike Saturdays), but maybe the cold will keep skiers away, and if we go mentally prepared to call it a day early (our housemates at the Gathering can testify that's not normally our style) we may yet brave the tundra somewhere.  Elk was a definite go, up until this cold prediction hasn't gotten any better -- hate to drive all that extra distance for an early, early day.   But, still.....   Ah, me.  Decisions.


Edited by kitchener - 2/13/15 at 8:47am
post #165 of 245

I was thinking about Monday, but it's only looking a little better and the AM temps look brutal.  Nah...I'll save my money and energy for another time.

post #166 of 245
Thread Starter 

To quote an unnamed First World War sergeant, "C'mon, you apes!! Over the top!!  You wanna live forever?!?"

post #167 of 245

you first....   LOL

post #168 of 245
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Reminds me of a little song....  "Please Mr. Custer..... I don't wanna go."

post #169 of 245

right, kemosabe...

 

Now predicting wind gusts up to 50 mph on Sunday...probably will affect lift operations at most mountains.

post #170 of 245
Thread Starter 

There's those negative waves, Moriarty!  LOL.  You're denying yourself that satisfying moment, at the end of the day, when you slide into your seat, look into the mirror, and say, "Yeah... I'm bad."

post #171 of 245

I can say that just fine sitting here nice and warm in front of my computer....:beercheer:

post #172 of 245

Sooooo....how was it????

post #173 of 245
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Colder than a witch's.... It was cold. But we were properly dressed and made a good day out of it. CB's upper mountain was closed in the AM so we called an audible and headed to Montage. I don't believe I've been there in 20+ years. White Lightning had some snow on it because it's vastly avoided, apparently, so we had a good time on that. The kids enjoyed a pretty large outdoor fire down at the base at the end of the day, and now our yeah-we're-bad credentials are firmly in place!

Next Sunday, we'll head back to CB for a final full day before headed West.
Edited by kitchener - 2/16/15 at 10:15am
post #174 of 245
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Colder than a witch's.... It was cold. But we were properly dressed and made a good day out of it. CB's upper mountain was closed in the AM so we called an audible and headed to Montage. I don't I've been there in 20+ years. White Lightning had some snow on it because it's vastly avoided, apparently, so we had a good time on that. The kids enjoyed a pretty large outdoor fire down at the base at the end of the day, and now our yeah-we're-bad credentials are firmly in place!

Next Sunday, we'll head back to CB for a final full day before headed West.


How do they close just the upper mountains when the mountain is only like 300 feet tall?

post #175 of 245

You're a better man than me....but the sun was warm enough when I was outside that it wasn't all that uncomfortable.  Still, a better day spent inside for me. I'll be out again next Saturday, hopefully get my better half out for a bit.

post #176 of 245
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I'm in there somewhere.  I look like a Tusken Raider from STAR WARS, lol.  The cold turned my windshield washing fluid to some kind of gelatinous blue-green substance.    By the last run of the day, the inside of my Smith I/O lenses had frozen over completely, forcing me to lift my goggles up on my helmet just so I could see, and on the way down, the bones surrounding my eye sockets were screamin'!  That's when we planted our flag, called the day conquered, and as we once said in the infanty, unassed the a/o.

 

 


Edited by kitchener - 2/20/15 at 6:59am
post #177 of 245

I was thinking of going to Elk this Friday with the Wilmington Ski Club - at least until I checked the forecast.

 

The irony is that I just returned from two weeks at JHMR and Grand Targhee where it was mostly bluebird skiing and actually almost too hot. We were in the high 30's for a couple of days, the high 40's on most and even had a day or two when the thermometer got over 50 -- at 10,000+ feet no less!. Got to work on my tan as well as my turns. Both resorts got about 23 feet in total so far this season (three of those feet the first week I was there) but things did get a bit soft with some areas pretty skied off by the end of week two.

 

Yeah, I got spoiled.  .  .

post #178 of 245

Thinking about Plattekill on Sun, March 1.  Any suggestions for where to stay overnight near there?  I'll be driving from Roundtop.  Meeting up with a few friends there on Sat, Feb. 28.

 

Looking 10 days out, predicting 3-5 inches for Plattekill on March 1.  After 3-5 inches this weekend and again on Feb. 25.

 

post #179 of 245

Since it's probably 5 hours (?) the easy solution would be someplace right off the Thruway.   I stayed in the Kingston Super 8 on New Year's Eve, not bad for the price, and there is a GREAT diner just 2 blocks away..  I've never stayed close to Belleayre so can;t offer an opinion on those.

post #180 of 245

Heard good things about the Roxbury Motel. Funky, different, but not necessarily cheap. http://www.theroxburymotel.com/  Check the Rooms on the Website anyway, if just for kicks.

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