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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi folks!
It looks like its going to snow here on Saturday (3-6 inches). Hooray! Can anyone tell me where we'd most likely be happy this weekend (We're in Northern VA). My husband skis about a 7 and I'm more like a 6. We've been skiing out west (Taos and Beaver Creek) and can do steep but not so great at moguls.

Its 3 hours and 15 mins to 7 springs from our house, and 2 hrs 45 mins to Timberline.

What do you folks recommend for the best snow, least crowds, most fun (given what we've done lately) ?

We have a 4 wheel drive but I wonder too, is getting to either of these places difficult (ie, backroads).

Timberline is having a women's workshop on the 12th. Does anyone know anything about that? Like who teaches it, if its any good? How much? Not alot of info on the web page.

Thanks!

Cece Lou
post #2 of 25
I go to Whitetail, It is much closer than Seven Springs and has a little over 900 foot verticle. The trails are generic and wide and it can get crowded but usually not as crowded on the expert slopes. There are two places that are maybe closer and they are Liberty and Round Top. You can have fun at the other two montains but they only offer about 600 vertical. I don't think you will have difficulty getting to any with a few inches of snow. Each place is just over the border from Maryland in southern PA.
post #3 of 25
Are you close to Snowshoe WV? Certainly the best mountain south of the NY border for East Coast skiing.

J
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by cecelou
Hi folks!
It looks like its going to snow here on Saturday (3-6 inches). Hooray! Can anyone tell me where we'd most likely be happy this weekend (We're in Northern VA).
As another possibility, you might consider Blue Knob, PA (I've never been there, but NOVA locals describe it in glowing terms after a dumping). Probably more info on dcski.com
post #5 of 25

MA Skiing

Are you going for the day or an overnite trip?

If you're going to stay overnite, I'd head to Timberline, WV. They've gotten over a foot since Sat. nite (3" last night). The base in the woods is probably the best it's been all season. If you head up there, I'd head up Fri. nite as the drive on Sat. during the storm might be a bit of a chore.

I wouldn't head to Whitetail. I know of at least two large groups going there this weekend. Plus if we get any snow here in DC, the entire skiing population will head up to WT.


"Are you close to Snowshoe WV? Certainly the best mountain south of the NY border for East Coast skiing."

Erghhh.....biggest & most expensive resort south of NY. No tree skiing and basically no bumps. On the way to Snowshoe, you drive by the best tree skiing south of NY (Tline).


I'm heading to Wisp. We have a free place to stay there this weekend. Hope we get snowed in.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by jayatpitt
Are you close to Snowshoe WV? Certainly the best mountain south of the NY border for East Coast skiing.

J
? ever hit beech or sugar Mtn.?
post #7 of 25
Skied at 7 Springs Wendesday AM and today in the PM for a few hours. Conditions are improving very quickly. Around the clock snowmaking has taken place this week along with some natural snowfall. With continued cold temps and additional snowmaking this weekend promises to offer excellent conditions.

A snowstorm is being forecasted as well for Sat throughout the day into Sunday AM. Have not heard the forecasted amounts yet but its expected to be significant. Have not heard any sleet or rain God Forbid associated with this storm. Hopefully not high winds either but don't know about the wind.

This weekend is WinterFest at a7 SPRINGS which will probably create lift lines. From 8 AM - 11 AM the lines will be minimal. Come on up, the skiing will be very good. This year Feb. is making up for the lack of winter weather in January.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by jayatpitt
Are you close to Snowshoe WV? Certainly the best mountain south of the NY border for East Coast skiing.

J
She said she wanted to go skiing, not pay $1500 for a condo, and $100 for dinner.

You can do Timberline if you want kind of a MRG feel. 7 Springs and Wisp are just as nice as SS but 1/2 the price.

I would agree with Elk, if we get some big snows, Blue Knob has without a doubt the best terrain in the Mid-Atlantic.

Elk, as a person who was raised in Blakeslee, I can tell you, if you ever get out to the western part of the state, and there is some decent snow, you have to try the Knob. I went there for the first time last year and it was awsome.
post #9 of 25
I'll agree SS is expensive, but its Western Territory has 50% more verticle than most of the other mountains being talked about here (except beech). T-line is about 100 acres and 1000 vert. 7 springs is basically a mountain face with almost every single tree cut out. They have 2 bump runs on the front face and a couple "diamonds" on the north face. I havent been there this season, but I did have a season pass 2000-2004 and went about 40 days/season during that time. 7-springs is about 750 vert and 250 acres.

Whisp in MD only has 600 vert, so the runs are short. As Vlad pointe out there are Beech and Sugar. I havent dont Beech, but sugar has 1,200 vert....I had a good time there.

Despist the bad rap its getting here I still say SS is the best in the area. Check out the stats...1,500 vert and almost as large as 7 springs. It is expensive, and your probably going to be riding two trails most of the time (western territory), but there good trails and the vert makes for long runs.

J
post #10 of 25
Blue Knob is great after a big dump but I don't know if this storm will constitute a big one. Timberline is fun but when I went to ski there on a Saturday, I think I just turned around and went back to the rental unit because the lift line was super long and slow and it was boiler plate conditions. If your going to take the time to drive to Snowshoe, you may as well go up to Hunter mountain in New York because you will be spending the same amount of time in the car but get more and better terrain.
post #11 of 25
Wisp might be a good bet this weekend. Good roads all the way there from the East, including 90% interstate. Crowds are usually a little lighter than at WT or Seven Sprgs. Easier to get to than Timberline. If you just want to day trip it, Roundtop might be a little less busy than WT or Liberty. Mellow, little Bryce is always light, 2 hrs west of DC.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by midatlantic
Blue Knob is great after a big dump but I don't know if this storm will constitute a big one.
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Good point. This AM Accuweather says "we are making some fine tune adjustments to our snowfall map. The changes we are making here brings the axis of heavy snow a little further to the coastline." And therefore away from central PA (and WV). Footnote: Accuweather = at the bottom of the list as far as accuracy is concerned.
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. We're going to get up frighteningly early to drive whereever we go. Can't spend the night because of our doggies. Now they're saying Blizzard for Phili to Boston so going North to the Knob or Hunter won't happen.

When it Snows at Whitetail do people chicken out about driving and stay away? Is there enough at Whitetail to do?
post #14 of 25
Last weather reports I saw early Fri seemed to indicate about 6" likely around Capital Beltway starting 6am Sat, ending 6am Sun. If that holds and it is snowing strongly between 6 and 9am Sat that could hold crowds down significantly at Whitetail just because a lot of fair weather folks won't want to tangle with snowy roads. If you're up for tangling with them you could get the goods. The biggest local weekend crowds show up when the city gets 4" of snow on a Friday followed by clear roads on Saturday and Sun.
Whitetail is very good if you catch light day and decent conditions:
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
post #15 of 25
jamesj is looking right on this call. whitetail could be in for 6+ on saturday. if you can get there very early you could get shorter lift lines. the coming storm is forcast for early morning. i haven't been there since it first opened but i remember a decent vertical with good advanced intermedite and single black diamond bumps and steeps in their expert area.

7 springs has the greatest amount of intermediate and advanced intermediate terrain and one of the best snow making systems in the country, 99% coverage. they could about a half a foot and that will open all their wide spaced, intermediate pitched gladed areas. 7 springs has the greatest lift capacity of all resorts mentioned, i believe.

timberline, small but tall, nice terrain, i remember good expert glades (cherry bowl?) and good cruisers, though narrow. crowds can easily overwhelm lift capacity. i like t-line's expert terrain over snowshoe. snowfall from this coming storm has the potential to be the best for west virgina resorts due the path of the storm and elevation (3000 ft+ valley and 4800 peaks).

i haven't been to wisp in md for a long, long time but they should get a good dump too.
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

We went to Whitetail Saturday

Overall a decent experience. The crowds were mostly on the bottom near the lift. We didn't have to wait long for lifts at all. Must admit that Taos w/ so few people and Colorado with the wide runs have spoiled me. Its nerve wracking having narrow runs with so many people of different abilities including boarders whizzing by.

If there's still snow on Thursday we may take a snow day and go to Blue Knob.

Am thinking of Solitude, Mammoth, or Big Sky for the next vacation so as to avoid the masses!
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by cecelou
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If there's still snow on Thursday we may take a snow day and go to Blue Knob.
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If you do go there, I'd be real interested to see a quick trip report. I haven't ever seen one on here from BK, other than many people say it's gerat after a dumping.
post #18 of 25
Had 12-15" at Snowshoe over the weekend. It was pretty awesome. Spent most of the time on Cupp/Shays, but Flying Eagle and Bear Claw at Silver Creek were pretty awesome too.
post #19 of 25
I went to Wintergreen, VA on Sunday. It looked like they got about 8 inches. I still love skiing despite the fact that I was miserable in the loooong lift lines, felt completely uncoordinated, was terrified that someone was going to run into me, and later tripped and hurt my shoulder. To be fair to Wintergreen, the conditions were pretty good. I have been there 3 times and it's usually icy. Next weekend - Snowshoe!
post #20 of 25
Next weekend? Do you mean President's weekend? At Snowshoe?

Let me know how that turns out for you.....................
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ullr
Next weekend? Do you mean President's weekend? At Snowshoe?

Let me know how that turns out for you.....................


Yeesh, Ullr is right. I would advise you to avoid the basin area at all costs! Silver Creek should probably still be a safe refuge from the crowds.
post #22 of 25

Wisp 2/12 & 2/13

Drove up to Wisp Saturday afternoon. It pretty much snowed the entire time we were there. They ended up getting probably 16"+ by the time we left on Monday night. With the wind blowing, I was able to make fresh tracks until noon on Sunday, and was able to find fresh tracks all day yesterday. Wisp has some pretty decent tree skiing and is big enough that you can find pockets of pow even late in the day.

BTW - There weren't any lift liftlines, I guess all that nasty snow kept people away.
post #23 of 25
Well he said he was miserable standing in the looong lift lines at Wintergeen on a normal weekend.

Hold on to your hat at the Shoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us know how long the wait was at the resturants in the village too!!!
post #24 of 25
I was at Wintergreen VA just for the day on Pres Day 2/20/06. Wow, don't know if this is typical, but it was a blue bird day with great manmade snow and very LOW crowds from 930 to 3pm!! They told me Sunday was gridlock, but weekenders were all checking out to go home on Monday morning and hence much, much lighter crowds. Weekday type light. I made a mental note about this for possible future reference...last day of any weekend is usually the lightest, but I don't recall a Pres Day when crowds dropped this dramatically.
Wonder if others found mid-Atlantic ski areas to be quite light on Pres Day?
post #25 of 25
I am headed to Wintergreen tomorrow (Thurs). I wanted to ski on Monday since I was off from work, but they blocked out season passes until 12:30pm, which ticked me off. Especially if crowds were light. But I bet you haven't been there on a "real" weekday (non-holiday Tue-Thurs) -- that's when the place is a real treat, almost like a private ski club. Tomorrow is looking like a good day.... Should be able to park next to the snow in the AM, and get a solid 40,000-50,000 vert in by mid afternoon!
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