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post #61 of 108
FYI, Canaan Valley Lodge is worthy of consideration for folks who don't get into a group house rental (perhaps including myself). It had a big makeover a few years ago and the motel rooms are still quite new. Unless conditions are really superb it is likely to have vacancies, even last minute, for the weekend AFTER President's Weekend. And depending on what sort of discount you can invoke (AAA, Senior, Military, etc.) you may be able to get a room for under $100 per night at that time. It has a convenient dining room for breakfast/lunch/dinner and is about five easy miles from Timberline Ski Area and three from Canaan Valley Ski Area.
post #62 of 108
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FYI, Canaan Valley Lodge is worthy of consideration for folks who don't get into a group house rental (perhaps including myself). It had a big makeover a few years ago and the motel rooms are still quite new. Unless conditions are really superb it is likely to have vacancies, even last minute, for the weekend AFTER President's Weekend. And depending on what sort of discount you can invoke (AAA, Senior, Military, etc.) you may be able to get a room for under $100 per night at that time. It has a convenient dining room for breakfast/lunch/dinner and is about five easy miles from Timberline Ski Area and three from Canaan Valley Ski Area.


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I stayed at CV Lodge with a friend in early Jan a few years ago.  We arrive late after skiing Snowshoe as a day trip from Massanutten.  I was pleasantly surprised with the rooms, building, and excellent food at the restaurant.  There was 5 inches of fresh snow in the morning, but the drive to Tline was not a problem since the roads inside CV were well plowed as well as the road to Tline.

post #63 of 108

Ya, if the new Timbers Lodge AT Timberline is full, Cannan Valley's the next closest place and about $50/night less expensive.

post #64 of 108

I thought I would double-check on availability for the Timbers Lodge...seems you can't even access any info on availability online right now. 

post #65 of 108
I suspect a second house will congeal before now and Feb, be nice if both are on the Winterser side.
Edited by kitchener - 11/2/16 at 7:15am
post #66 of 108
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I just stumbled on this thread. I'm not a part of your group, but you sound like a fun bunch! 
I'm posting because I own a slopeside 5br, 3ba ski chalet that I rent out occasionally. It's available the weekend of your trip. It comfortably holds 10-12, altho you could squeeze in a max of 15. 
You can find details here:
https://www.airbnb.com/manage-listing/12086198/calendar

Fantastic location, especially if you have kids, because it's literally 10 steps away from a green run, and just 200 yards from the bottom of the lift and the Timberline lodge. Also, you don't need a 4wd drive on this part of the mountain. 
If interested, contact me, Dan Parks, at [email address removed]. I'll offer you a better deal than if you book through Airbnb. 

If I'm violating any rules or etiquette by crashing this forum, I apologize and won't do it again. 
Dan 

 

 

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Dan, PM sent.

 

Aaron

 

Well, this just in.  After negotiating an agreed price and contract sent for the weekend and deposit check mailed.  Dan Parks backed out of the agreed deal claiming he didn't receive the check Aaron mailed.  

 

Mod Note : Edited per the details eventually found out below.

post #67 of 108

Well, that stinks...

post #68 of 108

Turns out, the envelope was returned to sender.  No such address.  It was postmarked the day I said.  But, I am in good faith letting everyone know that I was wrong -- Dan didn't get the check and decide to say he didn't so he could accept a better offer.   For privacy reasons (addresses) I PM'd a pic of the returned-to-sender envelope to the group of us who made the reservation, as well as to Dan.


Edited by kitchener - 11/2/16 at 3:34pm
post #69 of 108

Fire away folks, but none of you are aware of the exasperating process I went through with Aaron. Most importantly, after I thought we worked it out, the check never arrived as promised. And Aaron never followed up to ask whether I got it. 

I waited nearly two weeks after Aaron said he sent the check before I accepted another reservation from someone who delivered a check and a signed contract in 48 hours, and followed up to confirm. 

All that said, I sincerely hope your group finds accommodations that meet your needs, and that everyone enjoys a great weekend at Timberline.

Dan 

post #70 of 108

As above, the check and rental agreement were sent in good faith.  I think it would have been common courtesy to reach out and say "I've got an interested party and I haven't received your payment."  I could have immediately stopped payment and PayPal'd the deposit.  

 

Mod Note : Post edited per the details eventually found out

post #71 of 108

Looks like we have a similar base of operations a bit farther up Winterset.  Won't be as easy for day trip drop ins to find but should provide all the space and utility we need.. at a better price.  The beds are spoken for but there are other houses nearby and The Timbers should be an option.  I doubt the new resort facility will be booked solid that weekend unless a major snow event is forecast for that same weekend.

post #72 of 108
Thread Starter 

Mod Note : Did some clean-up to leave just the facts of what happened with our initial reservation, and the fact that we've got a different house rented.

 

We do have another house rented now, and there are opportunities for a second nearby house if others are interested.

post #73 of 108
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Looks like we have a similar base of operations a bit farther up Winterset.  Won't be as easy for day trip drop ins to find but should provide all the space and utility we need.. at a better price.  The beds are spoken for but there are other houses nearby and The Timbers should be an option.  I doubt the new resort facility will be booked solid that weekend unless a major snow event is forecast for that same weekend.

They don;t seem to have a website to be able to access the Timbers resort lodging...anyone know if there's a way to check with having to call them?

post #74 of 108
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Looks like we have a similar base of operations a bit farther up Winterset.  Won't be as easy for day trip drop ins to find but should provide all the space and utility we need.. at a better price.  The beds are spoken for but there are other houses nearby and The Timbers should be an option.  I doubt the new resort facility will be booked solid that weekend unless a major snow event is forecast for that same weekend.

They don;t seem to have a website to be able to access the Timbers resort lodging...anyone know if there's a way to check with having to call them?

They seem to be pretty good about responding to questions on Facebook. 

post #75 of 108
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They seem to be pretty good about responding to questions on Facebook. 

^^ jimmy is a ski instructor at the Timberline Ski and Snowboard Sports School.  PM him with any questions about lessons.  He mentioned that they would be willing to set up a clinic for the adults if there is enough interest.  I will probably book something for my 2 kids.

post #76 of 108
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He mentioned that they would be willing to set up a clinic for the adults if there is enough interest.  I will probably book something for my 2 kids.

 

That sounds great. 

post #77 of 108

If the weather does not look like any big snow events that weekend and we are leaning towards groomer and carving skis I will probably bring my untested telemark gear to give freeheeling a try again.  Last attempt was in the early 1980s.  Got thrift store tele skis for $10 and eBay Scarpa boots for $50.  @cantunamunch and @telerod15 I will be good to try some tele turns for a couple hours unless we get lots of fresh snow.  I will probably not be venturing beyond anything green or easy blue with those busted heel pieces unless I do way better than expected though..

post #78 of 108

Brave man...

post #79 of 108

Hmm, now that's a thought.  I could take a telemark lesson.  My daughter has gone that way and loves it.

post #80 of 108

Get all us geezers on free heelers for the first time (or first time in years).. in a telemark beginner clinic.. Oh the humanity!!!:rotflmao: 

 

Seriously though, I was/am thinking that if the other more advanced teen girls don't want to wait on Andrea I'll ski with her in the tele gear on the easier trails.  I skied switch a lot when working with Chance at that level. 

post #81 of 108
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Seriously though, I was/am thinking that if the other more advanced teen girls don't want to wait on Andrea I'll ski with her in the tele gear on the easier trails.  I skied switch a lot when working with Chance at that level. 

 

I don't think Andrea has any worries.  WD65's Lauren, if you recall, didn't make it to Blue Knob for last year's Gathering because she'd broken her foot.  She missed the season.  She's no speed demon and I think she'd much prefer skiing with Andrea.  ddanks' daughter is advanced and will probably ski with Joshua, I'm betting (if she's allowed to consort with snowboarders). 

post #82 of 108
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I don't think Andrea has any worries.  WD65's Lauren, if you recall, didn't make it to Blue Knob for last year's Gathering because she'd broken her foot.  She missed the season.  She's no speed demon and I think she'd much prefer skiing with Andrea.  ddanks' daughter is advanced and will probably ski with Joshua, I'm betting (if she's allowed to consort with snowboarders). 



Just curious what are the ages for he kids that are expected to be there. Madison is 8 and Emily is 5 for me. I hope that Emily can improve like I expect to be able to make the trip. Madison will be able to ski with anyone that shows up so she will probably run off with the teenagers. Lol not sure if it's good or bad but it worked at blue knob two years ago.
post #83 of 108

They have fond memories of her.  Staying in the house, we've got three 13 yo girls, one 11 yo boy, one 12 yo boy (is Chance older than that?), and one 16 yo boy coming, plus your two.  I think Madison and my 11 yo will be a good match.   We'll put walkies on them like at Blue Knob two years ago, so they don't get separated.   Bode was 9 on that trip, as a matter of fact. 

post #84 of 108
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They have fond memories of her.  Staying in the house, we've got three 13 yo girls, one 11 yo boy, one 12 yo boy (is Chance older than that?), and one 16 yo boy coming, plus your two.  I think Madison and my 11 yo will be a good match.   We'll put walkies on them like at Blue Knob two years ago, so they don't get separated.   Bode was 9 on that trip, as a matter of fact. 


Chance is 14 but looks younger.  He wrestled featherweight<80 pounds last spring.  I've got 3 walkies, 2 with lapel mikes tested and ready to rock.  I'll use the one without the external mike and wire the kids for sound.  Chance will ski with anyone and will also be fine cutting away and exploring solo.  Off The Wall's probably the only slope there he may regret turning down but he can probably still  work his way down slowly.

post #85 of 108
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I don't think Andrea has any worries.  WD65's Lauren, if you recall, didn't make it to Blue Knob for last year's Gathering because she'd broken her foot.  She missed the season.  She's no speed demon and I think she'd much prefer skiing with Andrea.  ddanks' daughter is advanced and will probably ski with Joshua, I'm betting (if she's allowed to consort with snowboarders). 

Just curious what are the ages for he kids that are expected to be there. Madison is 8 and Emily is 5 for me. I hope that Emily can improve like I expect to be able to make the trip. Madison will be able to ski with anyone that shows up so she will probably run off with the teenagers. Lol not sure if it's good or bad but it worked at blue knob two years ago.

I'd be happy to ski with girls for a while since I'm not bringing a kid along this time.  Also another woman planning on coming who is a cautious intermediate.

 

If Emily is willing to ski with me, I'm happy to ski with her.  5 is a fun age.

post #86 of 108

Sounds good.  We'll have all the kids miked up so they don't lose one another (and we can eavesdrop).  Any tree-well diving and we'll know to go haul someone out by their ankles, lol. 

 

I imagine as lurkers de-cloak, not to mention once the season starts full swing, they'll have even more Epic kids to go tear up the mountain with, too.

post #87 of 108

Sounds like a well rounded and diverse group of all ages and abilities.  Hoping there is enough natural or overblown to make/find some trails through the glades to and from our house off Winterset.  If not it's still a pretty good situation.

post #88 of 108

You set a high standard with that Brady Bunch photo on the stairs two years ago.  Looks like we'll have a stairwell for the job this year, too!  We can label it "The next generation of caretakers of EpicSki"

post #89 of 108
Sounds like a good group of kids will be there. Im excited to check out the ski area. I've heard good things. I am not sure which day I'll arrive hoping Thursday but the boys first birthday is that day so we will see.
post #90 of 108

**** Important Info for Gathering Attendees ****

 

Timberline is excited about our selecting them this year, and is going to provide EpicSki members with discount lift tickets for our weekend.  They asked me to simply provide a count.  Of course, we don't have to worry about putting that count together until we get close to the date but I wanted to let everyone know we should see a fairly decent, exclusive lift ticket discount when the time comes, based on the conversation I had with the Timberline Director of Sales and Marketing there.  Happy to get any useful suggestions on how to best put that count together, but I assume a poll of some kind.    Lurkers, feel free to de-cloak and PM me when you're sure you're coming.

 

As has already been touched on, the first house has been rented (just off the Winterset side), and the Epic members who will be there include myself, Marznc, dbostedo, crgildart, cantunamunch, ohioskier, WD65, ddanks, and levy1.  Big shout out to Timberline Four Seasons Realty.  Not only did they accept my offer (a significantly discounted stay, including a 4th free night), they exceeded our expectations when they also waived the security deposit.   The other prominent agency out there told me they would provide no discounts or concessions during the winter season.  We rented the property from Thursday evening through Monday morning at a very favorable rate, which allows those of us who can to arrive Thursday night to have all day Friday to ski, and while most of us will be leaving at some point Sunday, with Monday thrown in as well, we don't have to rush out by 10 am Sunday, etc. 

 

I mention all this because if there's interest in a second property here, particularly as we get closer, I'm sure they'll extend the same courtesies, whether you want something similar in arrangement to the above, or a night less, etc (not having to rush out at 10 am on Sunday is nice -- we had the same arrangement last year at Blue Knob and JamesJ, WD65, and I had a pleasant Sunday lunch).  I have some helpful notes on the 4 and 5 bedroom properties out there so reach out to me and I'll be glad to help you put it together.

 

Timberline is going to work with us to put a Demo Day together as well for the Saturday of our Mid-Atlantic Gathering.

 

Now get back to work...

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