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Snowshoe 1/3/08

post #1 of 11
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Well, not much of a report....I feel obligated to post something to counter all these fabulous reports at Snowshoe.

On my way home I heard snow country report report on the radio. 'Real reports by real skiers' What a bunch on JONGS. 12 inches? well I'm LONG DONG SILVER.

I made first tracks down the new Camp 99 run. There was spotty 2-4 inches of soft snow. Cat tracks from the previous evening were still present. The suface of the cat tracks was crunchy, so i know it was from the previous evening. Wind had evidently blown the soft snow into the woods beside Camp 99. Still no way 12 inches. The woods area had a poor base with sticks and debris sticking out and also submerged. Hidden pot holes present.

Rocks in the middle right of the mogul field on Camp 99.

Some soft snow to skiers far skiers right and far left Spruce Glades terrain Park. Many rocks and long grass sticking through the surface.

I need more base work to my PE's...Again.
post #2 of 11
Sounds about right for Snowshoe and the reason I only go midweek after it's been cold for a while.

Wife and I were looking at going up this Sunday or next Sunday for a couple days and it's definitely a no go this Sunday and with temps in the low 50's early next week it looks like the 12th is out as well.

I'm startled by the amount of people that book this place WELL in advance when you can go out west for about the same price if you can get decent airfare.
post #3 of 11
Camp 99 did not open until Saturday 1/5, which may explain why you ran into cat tracks and lousy grooming. I was actually the first skier past the rope on Saturday morning (mostly by accident -- I happened to be skiing by when the rope went down on skier's left, and shot in past the crowd standing there on skier's right ).

We skied Sawmill Glades that same morning, and it was thin, but there was definitely enough natural snow in there to make it skiable for a few runs (more so if you had rock skis, which I did not, but my brother in law skied it up pretty good). Keep in mind I skied dirt, rocks, and sticks in VT for many years, so I may have a different definition of "skiable" than you. I'd say there was at least 10-12" of snow in the glades, which had been packed in and bumped up. Doesn't this look pretty good?



(Image from David at DCski)

The report I got on Thursday was that the wind blew most of the snow off, but the trees and woods collected quite a bit. That probably explains why the glades were skiable after only one recent snow fall. Of course, it rained on Sunday, so the glades are definitely on haitus at least until next weekend, when more snow may show up (too soon to know amounts).

Cupp Run also opened on Saturday, and the snow coverage was great, but the snow itself was challenging. Pretty much a cross between death cookies and cream cheese (= cottage cheese?). We only did three runs over there before heading back over.
post #4 of 11
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Camp 99 was open on 1/3/08. No way 11 inches Snowshoe's ad and no way 12 inches Snow Country (fresh snow). I should have skied in my yard and on the farmers hillside next to our property.

The photo is of the woods area to skiers right off camp 99. It looks better here in the photo than on the 3rd. To skiers left in the photo there were several rocks in the mogul field. It looks like they had groomed the bumps out in the photo, but can't really tell.

I spent 84-86 at Burke Mt. VT. Wouldn't trade those conditions for these at Snowshoe.
post #5 of 11
Ah, I think you are confusing Camp99 and Sawmill. Sawmill is to skier's left of the glades, and has been open for weeks. Camp99 did not open until Jan 5, in fact they were still blowing snow on Jan 3 and hadn't even knocked the piles down yet. Camp99 is one more trail over on skier's left (it's between Widowmaker and Sawmill).

That glade picture was from Jan 3. When I skied the glades two days later, there was still good coverage in the AM. Where the heck were you skiing on the 3rd? Wait, I think I know what's going on -- between your magnificent core shots and your snow reports, I am starting to think you are skiing on the access road. You really should drive all the way to the top of the mountain before you get out of the car and start skiing .

I won't dispute WV versus VT at all -- I am a former Sugarbush regular, and it's been tough being a skier in the south. But if you can pounce on the powder days and adjust your expectations, there is plenty of good skiing to be had down here. I've had some of the best powder days of my life in WV.
post #6 of 11
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OK easy now. Maybe I am confused. I didn't think there was space to put another run between widowmaker and what I thought was camp 99.

I must have been on sawmill, and the glades run is deceptively small in relation to the impression on the map.

I can't believe you didn't see the rocks, sticks, feel them, experience them, whatever.

I did have my SLR, I guess I should take pictures of rocks, sticks and grass to display here.

I was skiing the moguls on 'sawmill'' and a patroller was checking out the glades, he lost control and almost blasted me about 3 turns into the steepest part.

I watched another skier in the upper flat portion of the glades hook a submerged branch and crash. And another broke through a pothole.

By mid-morning the drop into the moguls on Sawmill was blocked off by gapers. Perhaps you were there?
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Well, not much of a report....I feel obligated to post something to counter all these fabulous reports at Snowshoe.
Not sure I have seen any fabulous reports about Snowshoe. As far as the mid-atlantic goes they do have the best conditions, but that is because everyone else is so bad!

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But if you can pounce on the powder days and adjust your expectations, there is plenty of good skiing to be had down here. I've had some of the best powder days of my life in WV.
Like St. Paddy's Day last year? :
post #8 of 11
St. Paddy's was a great weekend last year, and I had another great powder day at CV a couple weeks before that, which was a real treat.

I was looking forward to a mogul competition and green beer on Shay's last year on St. Paddy's day, like they have done in years past, but I don't think they run that anymore...
post #9 of 11
Heading up to snowshoe tomorrow, should be great conditions...hope it's not too crowded! This is my first trip to snowshoe, spend most of my time out west. I agree with jgiddyup, if you can find decent airfare go west. $1100 for 4 days of skiing up at snowshoe for me my wife and son - ouch!!
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by DonT View Post
Heading up to snowshoe tomorrow, should be great conditions...hope it's not too crowded! This is my first trip to snowshoe, spend most of my time out west. I agree with jgiddyup, if you can find decent airfare go west. $1100 for 4 days of skiing up at snowshoe for me my wife and son - ouch!!
Should definitely be a good 4 days of skiing though! I would suggest that you take plenty of warm clothes because it will be cold. Make sure to have fun here in the WV Alpps!!


BTW Craig, if you wouldn't have cited that picture I would have never realized that I was the one to take it.
post #11 of 11
Heh, I'll just pass it off as my own next time...
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