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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by #nine View Post
You want photos, let a pro do it.
Check Jay's pics of the day, 3/17-18-19!
That's how it was.
www.jaypeakresort.com/en/jay_peak/picturesday/?date=2007-03-17
I couldn't get my camera out of my pocket.
First of all You are absolutely right!
Those are amazing pics of some phenomenal snow.

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The ski Divas had planned a Diva Weekend at Jay, with Thatsagirl as the guide. They were praying for good snow for the weekend after the warm temps earlier in the week. They skied on Saturday and Sunday March 17, 18th. Here is the post/pic of the day from the Diva Trip report on TheSkiDiva.

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/sho...1&postcount=20
Second of all, did you miss this link to the ski diva day at Jay Peak?
Those ladies, some of whom are also bears, had some awesome fun!
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Originally Posted by Ski Diva
I think this might be the best picture of the trip! Certainly, it was a hysterical moment! We come out of the trees, and Quiver Queen shouts, "We can do anything," and here's what happens:



She found a hidden hole and ended up in snow up to her neck! I'm not kidding -- it snowed all day today, and we just had a TON of champagne powder, on top of the ton we got yesterday! It was phenomenal! We were in the trees all day! And I rented fatties again, which made it even better. I think I'm hooked. It was fun, fun, fun!

If we do this next year, you ALL have to come! I think it was some of the best conditions I've encountered anywhere!!!!!!
post #32 of 49
skier219 - That weekend at Canaan was rad... Me and some co-workers found some chest deep about 15ft off to the right of the glades... How often do you ski in the valley? Nothing too hard but lots of fun...

It's strange to hear things at Canaan by their 'actual' names...
- Weiss Quad = A-Lift
- Weiss Knob = "The Top"
- Weiss Meadow 1/2/3 = Meadows 1/2/3

I don't even consider Weiss Road a trail... Did you go down Prosperity or Dark Side of the Moon? If Not, you missed some AWESOME trails.... Especially at the 'end' of Prosperity where you can either take Weiss Road or go down through the trees to get to Sissy Schuss.

Although barely a trail, the Hawthorne Bowl is great trail on a powder day... hit the lip going Mach 3 and just soar into knee deep powder.....
post #33 of 49
Question, though... skier219...

Of all the skiing I've done at Canaan, I've only skied Timberline once on a day when only one black was open... How would you compare The Drop and Off The Wall to some of the trails at Canaan.... also, how do the glade trails at T-line compare?
post #34 of 49
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
skier219 - That weekend at Canaan was rad... Me and some co-workers found some chest deep about 15ft off to the right of the glades... How often do you ski in the valley? Nothing too hard but lots of fun...

It's strange to hear things at Canaan by their 'actual' names...
- Weiss Quad = A-Lift
- Weiss Knob = "The Top"
- Weiss Meadow 1/2/3 = Meadows 1/2/3

I don't even consider Weiss Road a trail... Did you go down Prosperity or Dark Side of the Moon? If Not, you missed some AWESOME trails.... Especially at the 'end' of Prosperity where you can either take Weiss Road or go down through the trees to get to Sissy Schuss.

Although barely a trail, the Hawthorne Bowl is great trail on a powder day... hit the lip going Mach 3 and just soar into knee deep powder.....
That was my first trip to the valley, and I picked a great day to be at CV. I chose that over TL for the powder day based on comments suggesting TL would get skied out faster, which apparently was true. In contrast, I was skiing untracked snow all day long at CV. It was unbelievable.

I did hit Prosperity and Dark Side a couple times; Dark side had a crapload of snow, probably the deepest I hit all day there. But I was having more fun skiing the Meadows, Spruce, and The Glades and stuck to those trails primarily.

I did hop through the trees at the bottom of Prosperity and Meadow #3 several times, and that was a fun little romp. Actually, the first time I burst out of the trees onto Sissy near the top of the beginner lift, I must have put on quite a show as there were a lot of surprised looks from people getting off the lift as I shot out in a cloud of powder. I don't normally ski trees, but the snow was so nice I was doing it every chance I got. Powder provides just the right amount of speed control to make it easy, and I liked the sensation of snow exploding/flying all around me. It was shooting past my waist most of the day, and I had a few face shots here and there.

So where is Hawthorne Bowl?
post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
Question, though... skier219...

Of all the skiing I've done at Canaan, I've only skied Timberline once on a day when only one black was open... How would you compare The Drop and Off The Wall to some of the trails at Canaan.... also, how do the glade trails at T-line compare?

I didn't see anything at CV that really compared to The Drop or OTW at TL in my opinion (I can see how CV might be a boring intermediate hill without fresh pow). I wasn't terribly impressed by The Drop at TL. They had huge snowmaking piles on the trail (not whales -- these were more like volcanoes) that totally ruined the trail in cases like this where there was abundant natural snow. It was basically a zipper line down skier's right, because the middle and left of the trail was interrupted by the volcanoes and there was no good line. There was a ton of natural snow there, and it was pretty much wasted in my opinion.

Both The Drop and OTW seemed fairly steep to me, but not double-black steep like I was accustomed to in Vermont. I liked OTW because it had been groomed within the last few days, but grew bumps from the natural snowfall, and they were just my style. The cultivated bumps on The Drop from the man-made base, combined with the volcanoes, were hard and icy due to a previous thaw/freeze cycle and not real interesting to me.
post #36 of 49




Things could have been worse on sunday at Mad River
post #37 of 49
Nice! Wish I was there!
One thing about Skiing here in the West, You don't get the chance to Ski amongst the Hardwood trees!Were Glad you Right Coaster Got a Killer Dump!
post #38 of 49
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Originally Posted by crunchy View Post
ok, ill play... I went to WV (Timberline and Canaan) so I'm sure these will get trumped by pics of VT and NY They got a few inches from the noreaster but since the WV Highlands is a weather anomoly, it continued to snow all day saturday until early sunday morning. Not sure of the totals but probably around 12" in all. Didnt have the cam with me at Timberline on Saturday, but it was snowing too hard for decent pics anyway, but Sunday was a bluebird day and I took these at the Canaan State Park Ski Area. The terrain there isn't too challenging, (the blacks are no more than blues elsewhere) a few runs got groomed, but there was lots of wide open pow that made for a good day. Sorry no action shots as I was skiing solo all day.


Hey I just moved to DC the fall (from Boston) and haven't skied anywhere in and around the Mid Atlantic yet. Is West Virginia my best bet? I almost went a full season without skiing (yikes!) Finally got some turns last week in steamboat CO. Conditions were very spring but I had a blast anyways!
Thanks in advance for any suggestion in and around DC! (Also how late does they ski season last around here? Maybe I can get one last day in...fingers crossed)
post #39 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post
...Ski amongst the Hardwood trees!
Thats it! I didn't really think about it before, but it does make for quite a different feel.

Although I expect a mature aspen grove would be similar. (I've only skied young skinny aspens that were too close together).
post #40 of 49
NHpride365 - We get a lot of DCers at Canaan... If you like big fancy resorts, Snowshoe is a great spot. They pretty much have a whole town on the mountain... dozens of shops, restaurants, etc... I read somewhere that on the East Coast, it's the closest to being an 'Out West' resort.

Canaan Valley is very low profile... no condos, no real estate on the mountain... Heck, we only have 3 buildings at the ski area... ski school building, rental shop, and quenchers pub. Only 2 lifts running, but still rarely a line.. and like skier219 said.. It's great on a pow day. BTW, Hawthorne bowl is skier's right (lift rider's left) on the Quad... It is a small area between where Ramble Cutback merges into Valley Vista and where the entrace to Cutback (the one that goes to lower Timber Trail) is.

I can't say much about Timberline, as I have only been there once and only ~3 trails were open.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by NHpride365 View Post
Hey I just moved to DC the fall (from Boston) and haven't skied anywhere in and around the Mid Atlantic yet. Is West Virginia my best bet? I almost went a full season without skiing (yikes!) Finally got some turns last week in steamboat CO. Conditions were very spring but I had a blast anyways!
Thanks in advance for any suggestion in and around DC! (Also how late does they ski season last around here? Maybe I can get one last day in...fingers crossed)
Welcome to the area from another New Englander! I was initially disappointed in skiing in the mid-Atlantic after years as a Sugarbush-devotee, but have gradually settled in to skiing down here and have a rather nice season now. In fact, I have not ventured out West or to VT for about 5 years, as I can get 25 good days in here, which is about my limit if I want to remain employed and married!

West Virginia is where it's at in my opinion. Most mountain areas of WV have a Vermont-like climate for the middle part of the winter. Coupled with higher elevations (for instance 4848' at Snowshoe), we end up getting a pretty good season. Generally, the WV season ends a couple weeks sooner than the big VT ski areas, due to milder spring weather and lack of interest (yes, that's right -- skiers stop showing up before the snow does). Our typical season is Dec, Jan, Feb, and March. Backcountry and AT folks stretch into November on the frontside and into mid April or later on the backside. The big areas average 180-220" of natural snowfall in a good year (not this one -- Dec and early Jan were a bust) and most of them have huge snowmaking systems. In fact, the snowmaking systems down here are bigger and more sophisticated than New England resorts in my opinion, because we have to deal with more marginal weather down here. That means deep bases that can survive mild weather spells.

Snowshoe is closing on April 1 this year, as is Timberline, so there is still time to get out if you don't mind spring conditions. Overnight temps are above freezing for the next 7 days or so, so it will be mushy skiing for sure, but mornings generally have decent conditions because the snow settles overnight.

Canaan Valley is a podunk area, but great on a powder day. Timberline reminds me of Okemo or maybe Mt Snow -- same vibe and feel. Snowshoe is a classic big Intrawest resort, and has a bigger feel than TL or CV. In fact, the scenery is more akin to a western resort. I like all three places about the same, however Snowshoe has the longest expert trails, with 1500ft vertical (compared to 850-1100ft at the others). The two long expert trails on the Western Territory at Snowshoe are probably the best in the area, and again have a western feel to them (they are very wide and open in spots, and great for cruising fast). Any of these places are fantastic on a powder day, and I rarely miss VT anymore! Funny how powder is location-independent in terms of making epic ski days.

Of the ski areas in Virginia, I like Wintergreen the best, and have a season pass there. They have 1000ft vertical and fast lifts, which means you can get a lot of skiing in. The expert trails are fairly nice, but not as challenging as WV. It is overcrowded on Saturdays, but Sunday afternoons and especially weekdays are great. Never a lift line on weekdays. Wintergreen is closing this Sunday after a very good season Jan 15 - onward (they only had two trails open for Dec and early Jan because of abnormally mild weather). Sadly, they also close from lack of interest!! I was there yesterday, and despite temps in the 60s and 70s this week, they still have a ton of snow. Here are some pics from Wintergreen yesterday, with comments (this is a pictures thread after all):

http://members.cox.net/hunter-associates/wtg032207/

Definitely check out the DCski.com web forums -- many of us from VA, WV, MD, and the DC area are on that site. There is a lot of good local info and discussion, and occasional meetups and trips. Some of us are tentatively planning a post season "earn your turns" hike/skin/ski get together in early to mid April (or if an April snow storm hits).

Bottom line, as a skier, I would rather live out west or in VT, but this area is not a bad third choice at all. Someday I would like to get a ski condo or house in the WV mountains, and that would pretty much keep me happy for a long time.

Craig
post #42 of 49
what they all said .. for mid-atlantic skiing, look no-where else besides the resorts on the Allegheny mountain front. Thats where the real snow is. In Canaan Valley, WV (which has Timberline, the Canaan state park ski area, and Whitegrass XC area) they get an average of 160" natural snow a season. Sometimes over 200". Thats not a big deal compared to the out west or VT, but for something 3hours from DC area which gets an average of 1/10 of that... its pretty damn impressive! Besides the hardcore skiers, it doesn't attract alot of DC area folks because its kinda tucked away via alot of one-lane highways. (altho in 10 years, they will have completed a new highway) If you are into other outdoor sports, WV is the place to go also. Seneca Rocks is a well known rock-climbers paradise. And whitewater rafting and mountain biking are abundant and top notch as well.
post #43 of 49

Sauveur

This is on March 18th in Quebec.

Supposed to get cold and some snow next week!! Here's to Hoping!!!




James
post #44 of 49
It froze at Jay and has yet to recover. Think it was 30 below on the 20th.
post #45 of 49
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Don't ANY of you own a camera?
Now that you mention it, I don't!

My wife's the official photographer. I talked my wife into coming to the top of Mt. Washington to take some pics with her camera once. It was all I could do to get her to sidestep down a few runs, or take a few pics from the top as I shushed a few runs through the tree-covered cliff sides. She wouldn't go down the steeps off-piste. The camera "froze". All the pictures that were taken prior to the camera were double exposed. I'm still not sure if she did it on purpose so as not to have to do that job again. I think she threw those pics out; I haven't seen them since about 6 moves ago.

My youngest daughter has a digital camera now. Maybe I can get her to snap some pics.
post #46 of 49
Hey mdf, I was the guy in the red and grey jacket in the group you hooked up with on Paradise. That really was an awesome or should I say epic day at MRG. I think the run on Fall Line had some of the best skiing of the day. That was about as close as it gets to western snow. You’re right it just didn’t come through in the photos. I had a camera too, it was just so much fun I forgot to take pictures.
post #47 of 49
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Originally Posted by skiandsea View Post
Hey mdf, I was the guy in the red and grey jacket in the group you hooked up with on Paradise. That really was an awesome or should I say epic day at MRG. I think the run on Fall Line had some of the best skiing of the day. That was about as close as it gets to western snow. You’re right it just didn’t come through in the photos. I had a camera too, it was just so much fun I forgot to take pictures.

Small world, hey? Thanks for showing me around. (I would have missed the Paradise turn-off if I wasn't following you guys before I introduced myself.) Nice to meet you (again).
post #48 of 49
Here's a photoset I snapped on March 18th at Whitetail, PA - their last day of operation for 2006-2007, and a great day of spring skiing. Got a lot of vertical that day (25,000', give or take a few hundred), and had the place practically to myself until 10:30 am.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudirie...7600048359592/

Whitetail (and its sister resorts, Liberty and Roundtop) aren't the most challenging on the planet, but they're an easy drive from DC. I made it to Whitetail from Dupont Circle, DC, in around 80 minutes; Liberty and Roundtop are similarly close in distance. As a result, the three are often quite crowded on weekends and many evenings, but weekdays aren't bad at all.

But the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic is in WV: Snowshoe, Timberline and Canaan are the best. Wisp, MD, is good, too, though it's vertically challenged (but it often gets great snow and holds it well). The VA resorts are okay, good for a quick fix and the scenic drives to the resorts.

Note that I'm a Utah native, so I grew up in the land of plenty when it comes to skiing. But I thoroughly enjoy skiing the local areas here in the mid-Atlantic.
post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Don't ANY of you own a camera?
Are you satisfied, Bob?

Do you enjoy seeing picture of grey sky and grey snow with liftlines and full slopes?

I'm an East coaster. I confess NOT bothering with a camera. The "usual" is just not worth wasting the pixels. And when it dumps...

As someone else pointed out, the good snow days are so rare, there's a "panic" to enjoy it. Who wants to waste time taking pictures?

But to help restore a tiny bit of the reputation of east coasters, here's one:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/s...=1175737127494

No, it was NOT taken at NE. Sorry.
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