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More mid-Atlantic woes - Whitetail shut down today

post #1 of 15
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While there is lots of incentive for mgmt to keep us open, and not too many brown patches yet ( http://www.skiwhitetail.com/camera.htm ), with the weather predicted for the next several days ( http://www.weather.com/outlook/recre...om=search_vert ), I just can't imagine the base holding up or enough people coming out to ski to make it worthwhile.

This is horrible.

Tom / PM
post #2 of 15
Sad, indeed! I hope it doesn't happen for all the people who rely on WhiteTail for the skiing fix!
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Originally Posted by PhysicsMan
This is horrible.

Tom / PM
Yep. I can't see how it could be much worse. The Mid Atlantic got a late start on winter and an Indian summer to boot.

It'll probably be colder than usual come April.
post #4 of 15
I am seriously bummed. It was looking good around Christmas at Wintergreen and Snowshoe but soon they will be back to starting from scratch. Looks like the warm weather is continuing into next week too. I was hoping to ski at least 20 days this year but that will be tough now, even with a week in VT or out west.

CRaig
post #5 of 15
Whitetail is open. Should be sweet this weekend.
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Whitetail might be the worst mountain ever! But hey I skied there when I lived east too
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Originally Posted by acsguitar
Whitetail might be the worst mountain ever! But hey I skied there when I lived east too
Worse than Liberty?
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Worse than Liberty?
One of the best students I taught at Ski Liberty was an older (60?) woman who had a place in Jackson Wyoming. She skied almost as well as I did. It was a beautiful evening skiing under the lights on good snow (no ice). The focus of the lesson was bumps. She said she thought Liberty was a delightful little mountain and I think she meant it. Fun is where you find it.
post #9 of 15
Seems like all you folks back in the mid Atlantic area need to get together a charter flight to Salt Lake City. Now what I'm about to say isn't ment to be mean. More of a motivation to get your butts out west asap. We have had 4 really good Powder days since the first of Jan and it is dumping right now. California, Idaho, Utah and Colorado and Wyoming are all getting good snow. Skied today with a couple of brother bears and it was a really fun morning.
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Originally Posted by telerod15
She said she thought Liberty was a delightful little mountain and I think she meant it. Fun is where you find it.
I don't doubt that she did mean it. I just wanted to get acsguitar's take on a comparison.

Personally I've had some terrible experiences with the crowds and "city attitudes" that come with a weekend day at Liberty. I've learned to stay away, except for week nights. I can get there from Leesburg in about 40 minutes, so I guess that's why it's so easy for me to drive on by it on the way to RoundTop on the weekends.
post #11 of 15
Roundtop has the best vibe, cool locals. Liberty does get a lot of kooks. Whitetail also gets too crowded when it's cold. When it's warm like this, crowds aren't a problem, even when the base is deep. RoundTop would be my pick on crowded (cold, weekend) days, but the guy I usually get a ride with thinks it's too far and has no interest in 1/2pipe.
post #12 of 15
That is truly sad. I was thinking about heading down there and take one of my college friend skiing to give her a few lessons in February. What are the chances of the green circles and blue runs open then with good coverage ? (she is a beginner that can maybe handle a few blue runs...have to see for myself). We were thinking about whitetail or seven springs.
post #13 of 15
As I write I should be meeting a bunch of Bears at 7Springs for the West Mid-Atlantic Gathering. 7S is reporting frontside trails open but I wonder if that will hold with temp predicted to be in the 40s and 50s this week. My beloved Laurel is close until cold/snow returns.

The season is not totally lost, at least for skiers. All resorts will reopen or resume snowmaking as soon as possible. The big bread and butter for a lot of these areas is school/church/company groups that have booked and paid. Most need only 2-3 days of cold to reopen even if the base is down to brown. I know that Laurel can get up and running again. All other should as well.

Don't give up on your favorite local area. They'll need your patronage more then ever.
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Jack Frost Woes

Gaak, was at Jack Frost yesterday and a tree took out a powerline across the access road. The resort lost power about 10:30, and it was 5 hours before the road was cleard and we could get out.
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I was driving through the Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre area yesterday, from all the ice I saw on trees, it's truly a just a matter of luck that anyone in the Poconos has power. There were some strories in the local newspapers there that some people were goign to be without until Tue ro Wed.
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