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Timberline, WV 1/24/16 Bluebird Day

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With a little help from my friends I had an awesome day at Timberline Ski Area in WV on Sunday, 1/24/16.  Glades, bumps, groomers...it's all good when you get 28" of snow the prior 48 hours and then the sun comes out like it's the first day of creation!!!

 

My ski instructor buddy Jimmy got me in as an observer in an 8AM instructors clinic with Mike Cavalaro., technical director of the Timberline Ski School.  This was a very cool experience and gave me a little glimpse of all the effort instructors make to become pros. I also got some good tips out of itThumbs Up.  Mike C. is an exceptional teacher/communicator; clear, direct, persuasive and always on target.

 

Jimmy:

 

Jimmy in the bumps:

 

Early morning T-Line clinic:

 

Mike C, teaching the teachers:

 

 

JohnL sequence, this guy is a glade addict and Timberline provides the fix:

 

 

Off the Wall

 

 

DavidW sequence, Cherry Bowl Glade(?):

in the bumps on Off The Wall:

 

 

Matt sequence, in Old Dominion Glades?  OMG was this a beautiful glade!

 

 

Chris and Charlie instructing a gung-ho Adaptive Skier:

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Popping a wheelie!

 

A lot of the low angle stuff was pretty heinous the past two days. No consolidation whatsoever in the trees; punch down 2-3 feet to the ground. And with this storm, snow was not blower (compared to some previous epic dumps at Timberline.)

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 Heavy pack up north too. Lots of low angled fresh around but no speed to carry to ski it. It'll all begin to pack out this week.

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Nice pictures.  Hard to stop and take the time when conditions are so good.

 

You might've bumped into my fiance's dad, Manuel.  He's an instructor there.  They have a cottage in Canaan so I've been out there a few times.

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Nice pictures.  Hard to stop and take the time when conditions are so good.

 

You might've bumped into my fiance's dad, Manuel.  He's an instructor there.  They have a cottage in Canaan so I've been out there a few times.

 

I've skied with Manuel - I know lot's of the instructors. He is a good guy.

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Offseason for me now.  I am reviewing some old photos from this winter and I wanted to post a few more from the time frame of this thread.  I was at Canaan Valley, WV for the entire Winter Storm Jonas cycle from Thursday Jan 21 to Sunday January 24, 2016.  As you may recall, this was a major storm and broke all time records at a few places along the East Coast such as BWI, JFK and LaGuardia Airports, all got around 30 inches or more, but so did places in WV, MD, VA, and PA.  As I was leaving the Valley on the afternoon of the 24th I heard one local radio weather man report 28" of snow fell over the area during an approximately 36 hour period from Friday morning to Saturday evening.  In 49 consecutive ski seasons in the mid-Atlantic there may have been a handful of bigger snow storms, but personally this was the deepest fresh snow I was ever on site at a ski area to experience first hand as it fell!

 

 

This is a photo of yours truly on Saturday morning, January 23 at Canaan Valley Ski area during the height of the storm.  This is Gravity, the steepest trail at the ski area and one of the few I could ski the deep stuff without having to pole my way down:D  It's actually a bit steeper than it looks here, but qualifies as a fairly benign black diamond.  They had already groomed one thin path up the middle of the trail, but I found nearly untracked all down the skier's left half of the trail.

 

This is Patroler Paul from the Canaan Valley Ski Patrol, the view is looking back up the same run.  This snow was not feather light and such a rare depth for us.  You had to really attack it.

 

That morning I was participating in a "first tracks" program at Canaan Valley that started at 8am.  What a great day to try something like that!  They assigned several ski patrolers to "guide" our first tracks group.  Here are a few of the great patrolers that led us around the mountain in deep snow conditions.

 

After I bashed powder all morning my wife was waiting back at Canaan Valley Lodge to take me on an afternoon snowshoeing tour in the beautiful, adjacent Canaan Valley State Park.  We got our gear from their rental center in the background.

 

Back to my great ski day at Timberline Ski Area on Sunday, January 24, 2016, bluebird skies and still tons of snow on the slopes.  CV and T-Line ski areas are only about five miles apart.  This is my young friend David in Cherry Bowl Glades.  I love this shot and it's an example of why I like to go back and review my old photos.  It almost got lost in the shuffle and I don't think I've ever posted it before.  I hope David sees it.

 

 

This is David in Old Dominion Glade (might need help keeping names of glades straight).  Timberline is one of the few ski areas in the mid-Atlantic with some good glades that are not only quite challenging and extensive, but are open a decent amount of ski days during the season - because Canaan Valley and Timberline ski areas are at an elevation of approximately 3200-4200' above sea level and get much more natural snow than the ski areas further east near Baltimore, Washington, Philly, and NJ.

 

This is a close up of a photo of JohnL I posted earlier, in Old Dominion Glade (I think) at Timberline.

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That morning I was participating in a "first tracks" program at Canaan Valley that started at 8am.  What a great day to try something like that!  They assigned several ski patrolers to "guide" our first tracks group.  Here are a few of the great patrolers that led us around the mountain in deep snow conditions.

 

So much powder... so many skinny skis. :nono:

 

:D I'm still jealous I missed that entire storm. I mean, given my skill set, it would probably have been a disaster for me trying to ski it. But it would have been fun. :)

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Don't sell yourself short @dbostedo best way to get better is to get in over your head a little bit. You are right you would have had fun. Give Timberline credit for resisting the urge to groom ANYTHING before the third day of the storm when they groomed Salamander on Sunday and the rest of the groomers on Monday. They got complaints about the conditions, go figure. Ski school was busy with skiers who wanted to learn. Definitely best four days in West Virginia this season.

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So much powder... so many skinny skis. :nono:

 

:D I'm still jealous I missed that entire storm. I mean, given my skill set, it would probably have been a disaster for me trying to ski it. But it would have been fun. :)

With the improvement in your skiing this season, I think you would do better than you might expect.

 

I took a friend to Timberline in early Jan a couple seasons ago who was a cautious intermediate.  We lucked out and there was 5 inches of fresh powder when we lift the Canaan Valley Lodge.  It was the first time with that much powder for my friend.  First time she tried a hockey stop on Salamander (long green), she almost fell over.  But she adjusted pretty quickly.  Had a good time on the blues as well, even after they were chopped up a bit.  Probably one reason she decided it was worth planning a spring break trip to Alta this season.  First time out west for her and her teen daughter.  Arrived just in time for a 12-inch late season storm.  She's planning on going back next spring. :)

 

Fat powder skis are not needed for Mid-Atlantic powder days.  For that matter, not really necessary for good skiers in deep powder out west either.  Those are RTM84 skis on Bill's feet under a lot of powder at Snowbird in late March.  Pic taken by JamesJ.

 

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With the improvement in your skiing this season, I think you would do better than you might expect.

 

I took a friend to Timberline in early Jan a couple seasons ago who was a cautious intermediate.  We lucked out and there was 5 inches of fresh powder when we lift the Canaan Valley Lodge.  It was the first time with that much powder for my friend.  First time she tried a hockey stop on Salamander (long green), she almost fell over.  But she adjusted pretty quickly.  Had a good time on the blues as well, even after they were chopped up a bit.  Probably one reason she decided it was worth planning a spring break trip to Alta this season.  First time out west for her and her teen daughter.  Arrived just in time for a 12-inch late season storm.  She's planning on going back next spring. :)

 

Fat powder skis are not needed for Mid-Atlantic powder days.  For that matter, not really necessary for good skiers in deep powder out west either.  Those are RTM84 skis on Bill's feet under a lot of powder at Snowbird in late March.  Pic taken by JamesJ.

 

 

Oh, don't get me wrong. I would've loved it even if it was hard - it's "good for you" conditions in the best possible way!

 

And I did ski my 81mm skis in the 12" I got at Alpine Meadows earlier this season. :cool

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