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OK, shall we get the ball rolling?  Air temps are dropping, it's starting to feel like autumn.  Anyone have any plans yet?  For myself and my wife, we are going to forego any big trips and concentrate on getting to some PA areas we've never been to, such as 7 Springs, Tussey, and of course Laurel Mtn now that its reopening.  And if it looks like snow conditions will be better in areas to the south sich as Whitetail and Massanutten, we'll follow the snow and head there.  Keeping our options open and going to try to go where the snow is best

 

Let's hear from everyone!

post #2 of 35
I've been waiting for some post-worthy news for the new thread, but there has been little not discussed elsewhere. However, I did notice that Ski Bum down in Newark, DE has finally posted the dates for their annual ski swap and pre-season tent sale. I did well there last year selling my old boots and skis to put towards my new boots purchased with a slight discount.

http://www.theskibum.com/events

I've been thinking about a New Year's weekend trip to Elk and see they have some ski packages through local hotels. Any recommendations from our locals? Not looking from luxury accommodations, just skiing and a nice dinner afterwards. I get up to Elk only about once a year on a bus day trip.
post #3 of 35

Anything new in the Poconos?  I keep driving through but have only skied at Elk in eastern PA.

 

For those who wonder what people chat about in this region, here's the discussion from last season:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142542/pa-de-sonj-2015-2016-thread

post #4 of 35
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I've been thinking about a New Year's weekend trip to Elk and see they have some ski packages through local hotels. Any recommendations from our locals? Not looking from luxury accommodations, just skiing and a nice dinner afterwards. I get up to Elk only about once a year on a bus day trip.

My trips to Elk have been based on staying at the Microtel Inn in Dickson City.  About a 20 min drive.  The GM is an Elk regular.  The first time I took advantage of a Ski&Stay special for a room and 2 lift tickets since I was with my daughter.  There are quite a few restaurants within a mile.

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Anything new in the Poconos?  I keep driving through but have only skied at Elk in eastern PA.

Well, Blue Mountain has been showing a new trail "coming soon" for sometime on the website trail map. I'm hoping it opens this year and is at least a black diamond, but judging from the terrain in that vicinity it probably will just be a blue. They are also planning to build some on-trail condos near the upper lodge. Camelback has opened their resort hotel and waterpark, best to avoid at all costs except mid-week.

Thanks for the recommendation, I had that on my short list to call. Anyone use the Comfort Inn? It is supposed to be about 5 miles closer.
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No solid plans yet, but can't wait!

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OK, shall we get the ball rolling?  Air temps are dropping, it's starting to feel like autumn.  

 

Today?  It's 87 degrees in central NJ, despite what the calendar says.

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Actually, last year at Camelback I don't think there was much of a negative effect from the new hotel/waterpark, and if anything I think it may have been a positive effect as there seemed to be less people in both the liftlines and in the lodges.  Maybe if they are staying at the hotel they have an alternate place to be.  It will be interesting to see how things are this since, since last year wasn't the greatest for snow, either natural or man-made.

 

Yeah, it's in the 80's this week, but temps up here even a half hour southeast of the Poconos are in the 50's at night.  It will be dipping down into the 40's this weekend, and up where the ski areas are it could be flirting with the 30's one or two nights.  It is still September after all, and today it is still officially summer!:D

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Buckmans ski shops are having their tent sale/swap the week of October 10, for anyone located near one of their stores

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Originally Posted by XLTL View Post

Well, Blue Mountain has been showing a new trail "coming soon" for sometime on the website trail map. I'm hoping it opens this year and is at least a black diamond, but judging from the terrain in that vicinity it probably will just be a blue. They are also planning to build some on-trail condos near the upper lodge. Camelback has opened their resort hotel and waterpark, best to avoid at all costs except mid-week.

Thanks for the recommendation, I had that on my short list to call. Anyone use the Comfort Inn? It is supposed to be about 5 miles closer.

Sailplane flyby on September 11th . Still pretty brushy, I don't know if they'll get it done this year? Not sure if any piping has been done .
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Sailplane flyby on September 11th . Still pretty brushy, I don't know if they'll get it done this year? Not sure if any piping has been done .

At  the end of the '16 season, word was that the new trail will not be done for the '16-17 season. Given that cash flow in '16 took a major hit due to warm weather, I would be shocked if there is a new trail. One issue is the proposed trail needs to be accessed by the existing old high-speed quad which is not active lift mid-week. Also, the proposed trail simply links the quad to the east-most point of Paradise, a green, so the new trail goes across the mountain above Paradise, it should be a "blue" at best. After studing the above pic, I'm thinking the area that looks "brushed" may be Paradise or Dreamweaver. I would need to see a more close up of the Blue summit.

 

I'm just hoping that Blue can get open in mid-December with Main Street lift....and stay that way. Almost always, High Speed 6 does not operate until early January.

 

On a very personal note, I do qualify this yea, at 70, for the free season pass. Yeah, I rather pay and be 15 years younger. I can buy a lot of beer at Blue this season, and still be way ahead of the game.

post #12 of 35
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Buckmans ski shops are having their tent sale/swap the week of October 10, for anyone located near one of their stores

Don't forget: Wicks on 10/15-16.
post #13 of 35

Hello all -

 

Hopefully we'll have a snowy winter in the Mid-Atlantic this coming season (we're due!). 

 

The end of last season took a dark turn for me.  In early March, my 16 year old beat me down to the bottom.  Consistently.  And on a snowboard.  It might just be the final straw that pushes me into a gym.  Punk. 

 

A funny side note regarding said punk (who knows everything and what he doesn't know, he doesn't need to know...).  Two other dads and I took our boys to Summit County in March.  The teens, off on their own and feeling their backcountry oats, kept skiing and boarding out-of-bounds, skier's right, at Copper Mountain.  They'd get to the bottom through the woods and hoof it a minute or two up the road back to the lifts.  Cut to mid-afternoon.  Ringgg.  Ringgg.  Ringgg.  "Dad, you have to fire up the Jeep.  We went way too far and we're way up the road."  Meanwhile, it's a nice bluebird day up on the mountain.  "You're the ones who decided to go under the rope.  Own it.  Have a nice walk."  After an hour's walk up the road in snowboard and ski boots, they got religion.

 

All that said, I feel a father's pride seeing him board so well.  I very much remember skiing down a blue run at Camelback with my then-5 yo between my legs, holding him by his elbows so that his little skis barely touched the snow, giving him a little taste of mild downhill speed.  Now I know he'll have this bug for a lifetime.

 

 

 

Anyway and anywho, looking forward to pulling down the Yakima cargo box full of our all skiing treasures. 

post #14 of 35

Mod note: moved posts related to a Mid-A Gathering to this thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147556/mid-atlantic-gathering-2016-discussion

post #15 of 35
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Had a few nights where it's gotten down into the 30's around here.  I think summer is over!  LOL

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I was just up in Tannersville this weekend dirt biking and I definitely didn't dress warm enough!

post #17 of 35
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Going to be in the 20's up here tonight, with the possibility of a little snow Thursday morning if the timing is right.  

post #18 of 35

New (to me) skis from the Buckmans tent sale-Check
(If I have two pair of skis for different conditions, does that mean I have a quiver yet?)

Ski pass to Spring Mountain (15 mins from home) for my evening sking. - Check

Sons wrestling schedule in the calendar so I can see what weekends are free for travel. - Check

 

I'M ready!

post #19 of 35

You are quivered!

 

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New (to me) skis from the Buckmans tent sale-Check
(If I have two pair of skis for different conditions, does that mean I have a quiver yet?)

 

post #20 of 35

If there is a get-together in the eastern part of PA or NY (Blue, Camelback, Elk, Hunter or Windham)  keep me posted because I need to try my new skis.

post #21 of 35

Hi Uncle-A -

 

Just in how we met last year (you bled!), I'm sure there'll be a crowd at Camelback from time to time this season.  You needed new skis!  LOL.  What did you get?

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Yeah, I remember that  :eek

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Hi Uncle-A -

 

Just in how we met last year (you bled!), I'm sure there'll be a crowd at Camelback from time to time this season.  You needed new skis!  LOL.  What did you get?


My new skis are the Head Supershape Rally.  Those old Kastle skis are my Retro skis I do have newer Kastle shape skis just not fat ones. Anyway I am looking forward to use the new Head Rally and meeting up with the group from last year and no blood I hope. 

post #24 of 35

Got a pair of barely used Blizzard Brahma 2016 from Buckmans tent sale. Looking forward to trying them out

post #25 of 35

Today is the last day for Blue Mountain's Scary Savings lift ticket sale. $165 for 6 midweek lift tickets. Can be used by one or more individuals. 

 

Good deal for me as I rather not ski Blue more than 6 times a season and I only ski there midweek. 

post #26 of 35
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Just came over the mountain from Stroudsburg to where I live (App. trail goes along the ridge).  Snowing like crazy, and the ground on either side of the road was covered.  I have to believe the Pocono areas are getting a coating tonight

 

Updated: checked the Camelback website, they got a good coating and it's still coming down. Looks like they'll have snowmaking temps for the next few days


Edited by NJskier164 - 11/20/16 at 7:05am
post #27 of 35

Blue Mtn's Facebook pages shows they are starting to blow snow in the area of the mountain lodge. Still, it was 60 on Saturday, and, the ground is still very warm. It's just a tease, typically, we need a good week of very cold weather. Maybe get a day or two prior to Christmas. I hope my pessimism is wrong, but, it has been a very warm fall.

post #28 of 35

Although semi-covered by ice, Elk's webcam seems to show a decent covering at the lodge base area this AM.

post #29 of 35
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Some of the Poconos got as much 6.5".  That should be enough to insulate any man-made snow from the ground temps. As of a few minutes ago, Camelback was still blowing snow, especially at the base area. I would not be surprised if they opened with a few runs this weekend.

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Some of the Poconos got as much 6.5".  That should be enough to insulate any man-made snow from the ground temps. As of a few minutes ago, Camelback was still blowing snow, especially at the base area. I would not be surprised if they opened with a few runs this weekend.


Man, that would be great. I'm changing jobs so I will have 12/1 & 12/2 off... I've been keeping my fingers crossed that I can get one of those days in somewhere local, even if just for a few opening turns to get the legs back a bit.

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