I went to Whitetail for President's Weekend. I was staying with friends at a slope-side condo with ski on/off access. It was a fun trip with excellent accommodations.
- Friday night – Upper teens to Lower twenties, snowed until 7-8pm then clear skies with visible moon, calm to low winds
- Saturday – Mid-teens to Lower twenties, cloudy to partly cloudy skies. moderate winds – gusty on occasion.
- Sunday – Mid- to Upper-teens. Sunny skies with occasional clouds, became more cloudy towards evening. Calm winds; felt
warmer than Saturday.
- Friday night – Light for most of the evening (6pm-10pm).
- Saturday – Moderate crowds. Heaviest crowds between 12pm-5pm. After 5pm crowds were light.
- Sunday – Crowds were heavy between 3-5pm. After 5pm crowds became lighter and more reasonable.
Lift lines: (Hi-speed detachable quad ~4minutes, Green fixed-quad ~10minutes, ♦,♦♦ Black fixed-quad about 8 minutes)
- Friday night – under 5 minute lift lines, after 7pm under 2 minute lift lines
- Saturday – between 12pm and 5pm about 10-20minutes, otherwise under 5 minutes
- Sunday – between 3pm and 5pm about 15-20minutes, otherwise under 5 minutes
Open Trails: Each day, all trails open.
Snow conditions: Very good for Whitetail. The Green trails had slight hard-pack conditions form in spots. On the Blue trails some hard-pack conditions formed near the top of the runs and near the bottom of the run. The ♦black trails ♦Drop In and ♦Farside, the conditions were good on Saturday – the only day I skied on the ♦ trails.
This year all Green trails have terrain features added to them. A ski Instructor told me several instructors asked for the terrain features to be included in all the green trails. Sidewinder has gentle rolling "hills" added to he lower half of the trail. Northern Lights (small half-pipe) and Velvet (gentle rolling "hills" smaller than Sidewinder) ans Snow Park (some rolling "hills" near end of trail)
The green trails were fun to ski down. I was able to practice my technique or travel relatively quickly down the slope. The lifts serving the green pistes are slow (Not quite Montage slow, but slow.) Sidewinder did have any hard-pack conditions and the snow was easy to dig in when needed. Snow Park had good surface conditions. There was only a small area just below the entrance to Ledgewood towards the middle of the piste with hard-pack surface. Ledgewood is still an annoying trail. The trail has a somewhat steep (for a green) start which curves to the left. One needs to pickup a great deal of speed if you wish to make it through the long traverse into Stalker. I consider it unrealistic for more novice (and some intermediate) skiers to make it through without some cross country skiing. Definitely not SnowBoard friendly.
Stalker is a nice short, but steeper trail (connected to SnowPark) that can help novice skiers prepare for tackling other intermediate trails.
The five blue trails (from left to right as you are traveling up the mountain) are Fanciful, Snow Dancer, Limelight, and Home Run/Angel Drop.
The left three trails Fanciful, Snow Dancer, Limelight had good conditions. The start of the trails had areas of hard-pack, but there were many ares of softer snow to work the skis. They had some moguls, but the moguls did not dominate the trails. One needed to account for them, but one did not have to ski through large areas of moguls.
Home Run/Angel Drop the main trail is Home Run and Angel Drop is just a off shoot of off Home Run that leads to the terrain park (♦Jib Junction and Half-Pipe) and ♦Drop In which leads to the rest of the black trails. These blue trails had good snow conditions. I did not care for the trails since they were filled with moguls. Not completely covered, but much of the trail contained moguls. The moguls ended on Home Run after the entrance to Angel Drop. The bottom of had Home Run some hard-pack surface.
♦Drop In and ♦Farside were good trails. ♦Drop In was the steepest black trail. If one could ski ♦Drop In without difficulty, then the other three black trails (♦♦BoldDecision*, ♦Exhibition (Mogul filled trail) which passes under and to the right of the expert lift, and ♦Farside) would be easier.
(*Thanks for the catch dbostedo. I think Blockbuster is from Plattekill.)
I found ♦Drop In to be challenging due to the steepness. ♦Farside was relatively easy except for one steep section.
I spent most of my times on the three left blue runs (Fanciful, Snow Dancer, Limelight) and the green trails (Snow Park & Sidewinder).
Pictures to follow
Edited by GreyPilgrim - 2/24/16 at 6:44am