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post #211 of 305
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Originally Posted by Pierre View Post

 

You might stick Pierre in there for Monday as well.  We will see how I feel.   I torqued my right knee yesterday skiing and if feels better than it has in months.  I won't complain but I certainly was not expecting something like that to happen.

 

I will try to arrive shortly after Jamesj Friday night.

 

List update

 

MikeC (one of the two days, likely Saturday)
crgildart - Saturday and Sunday with 2 itty bitty kids and mrscegildart (does not ski)
Philpug - Sunday
BWPA and friends - Sunday
LHC - Sat and Sun
Telerod - Sat and Sun
Pierre - Sat, Sun and possibly Monday
Comprex and Batgirl - Sat and Sun
JohnL – Sat thru Monday
Jimmy - Sat and Sun
David - Sat and Sun
Jamesj and son of Jamesj – Sat and Sun

bumpfreaq - Sat and Sun

Powdigger - Sat and Possible Sun

jgiddyup - Sat

 

 

Put me down as a maybe, I may head up on Sunday with my son.  Anyone else skiing with their kids?

 

 

 

post #212 of 305

Garyskr, EPL, others:  let me know if you want lodging info.  My PMs to you may not be getting through in the new format??

 

Others:  I'm going to give out free food and beverages at a slopeside location at noon on Sat, unless it is storming heavily (then there are no friends).  Send me a PM if you want to join us for lunch on Sat.

 

There is definitely some weather in the forecast, who knows if it will add-up? http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Pavia&state=PA&site=CTP&textField1=40.2572&textField2=-78.5847

 


Edited by Jamesj - 2/17/2009 at 03:41 pm
post #213 of 305
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

 

 

 

Dang quote tool not capturing Mike's comments about meeting later or again around lunch.

 

Meeting up:

9AM  doesn't work for me because I'll be setting the kids up at Ski School at that time.  Their break is 12-1pm so I'm locked in to lunch with them and mrscrg at that time so I plan to have my "connection" leave an occasional cell phone message if people aren't riding to the top of the lifts.  If the gang is riding to the tops of the lift then hooking up probably won't be that hard with a little patience.  But,  planned rendezvous at 9:15, 10:30 and 1:30 at the top would probably ensure that nobody gets ditched for the entire day.

It looks like all lifts go to the top right by the lodge with the exception of lift # 5.  I do realize that some have places to get off midway.  It probably won't be hard to find a pack of 8-10 Bears skiing together as long as they assemble at the top Like LHC said.  Maybe

post #214 of 305

Just happened across this and having been at the Knob on Sunday, pass along the following: Day was beautiful (little wind), skiing was a blast and worth the day trip from DC, but the Knob was kind of a sad, empty sight on a holiday weekend. My complaint is not the lodge or amenities but lack of snowmaking. Where a place like Whitetail makes and hoards snow every chance they get the Knob's owner hoards water in the resevoir. The blues and Stembogen were open, but lower High Hopes and Extrovert were closed even though they seemed to have better coverage than in years past when they've been open. Cover was fairly hard and thin, but the absence of many boarders actually resulted in less ice showing than I've seen in past 8 years. You get your own private resort, but you wonder how long the place will survive. Hope for a dump, leave any "precious" skis home and enjoy!

 

For accommodations, you might check Monsour sheep farm in Bedford. Don't know what prices or availabilty are, but they have 2 houses and a 2-BR apt. and it's a nice place for a group.

post #215 of 305
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Originally Posted by adr View Post

 

Just happened across this and having been at the Knob on Sunday, pass along the following: Day was beautiful (little wind), skiing was a blast and worth the day trip from DC, but the Knob was kind of a sad, empty sight on a holiday weekend. My complaint is not the lodge or amenities but lack of snowmaking. Where a place like Whitetail makes and hoards snow every chance they get the Knob's owner hoards water in the resevoir. The blues and Stembogen were open, but lower High Hopes and Extrovert were closed even though they seemed to have better coverage than in years past when they've been open. Cover was fairly hard and thin, but the absence of many boarders actually resulted in less ice showing than I've seen in past 8 years. You get your own private resort, but you wonder how long the place will survive. Hope for a dump, leave any "precious" skis home and enjoy!

 

For accommodations, you might check Monsour sheep farm in Bedford. Don't know what prices or availabilty are, but they have 2 houses and a 2-BR apt. and it's a nice place for a group.

 

 

this has been the issue with Blue Knob this year. stuff with coverage but not open at all.

 

luckly for us, I think Blue Knob is listening on this day. If they dont open everything that should be open there will be alot of negative press from this site and on DCski.com about how they are running things up there.

 

So Blue Knob management its in you best interest to make us happy that day. Any more negative things said about that resort could bring you guys down. We dont want that, and you dont want that either. So give us what we want and open up the good stuff. The hill is the best for skiing there is south of new york. So stop pissing off people that like skiing there.

post #216 of 305
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Originally Posted by SCWVA View Post

 

 

 

Put me down as a maybe, I may head up on Sunday with my son.  Anyone else skiing with their kids?

 

 

 


 

 

Yeah, David and JohnL are skiing with me  .

post #217 of 305

I plan to get in a couple runs with my kids (ages 5 and 6).  That will be on the bunny hill after their lessons.  If I can get them up and down a real green run that would be awesome!  The rest of the time I'll be skiing with you folks and your kids

post #218 of 305

I'm still on the maybe list.

post #219 of 305
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jimmy - Yeah, David and JohnL are skiing with me :)

 

Too funny, I'd actually already thought of that, but I had included you as one of the kids!  

 

What ya doing this week?  Depending on the weather, I may hit up 7S or WISP on Friday. I'll let you know.

 

 

post #220 of 305
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I'm still on the maybe list.

Need to move you up on the list.

post #221 of 305

I just got back from a day at BK. I'll focus on the positive first. Expressway, upper intermediate fall line slope under the triple had freshly made, ungroomed snow whales down its length. It skied most interestingly, transitioning both over whales and surface conditions. Skiers right was dense, fairly dry machine made and the spines and gun side of the whales were very firm but not ice hard pack. Coverage was excellent except for a patch on skiers right before Mambo intersection. I suspect this trail will be groomed cord soon.

 

Jack Rabbit was fast groomed with a few icy patch on the steeper pitches down the middle. Coverage was very good but there's some loose small rock from tiller churn.

 

Deer Run was very similar, groomed with a few hard to icy patches in the middle.

 

Snowmaking has been concentrated at the top, Expressway, Nastar course, the Run Out, and a few spots on Mambo.

 

Mambo coverage was excellent with a few whales here and there that made for fun jumps and dips for the tykes.

 

Stembogan Bowl: bumps, bare spots, and brush for its 50 yard drop. Across the top rim; drop in places were few with bare spots right at the lip but easily jumped with speed or even a four step side step to get back to snow. The very far side of the bowl is groomed to the rim.The rest of the trail and the bottom field was groomed but numerous loose rocks, some not, and icy patches. Coverage was fair to good, no  recent snowmaking, skiable with rock skis.

 

Lower High Hopes appeared to be open so against better judgment we went in. It looked skiable from the chair but the entrance was frozen cat tracks and about and inch or so of natural over solid ice, I mean ice. I'm glad I had sharp edges on my short slalom skis because the trail was solid ice, small bumps, many rocky ice patches, bare spots and did I mention the trail was solid ice under about an inch or so of natural? I may have been stupid enough to ski it again if we hadn't been stopped by the liftie who told us a Patroler riding the lift called down and asked to keep us there. The Patroler musy have seen the rope was down and called to free us after a brief safety reminder from the liftie. It was a pleasant exchange.

 

Extrovert was closed but coverage on Upper Ex looked good  with nicely formed bumps (for Ex) but I'm sure it was identical to High Hopes. In fact we were told it was to dangerous to open and future opening was dependent on Mr. Natural so apparently no snowmaking planned.

 

Sorry no photos, no digital but it is all so very vivid in my mind.

 

That's it,  we maybe heading to Denton tomorrow . I'll see yunz all at da Knob 'n'at, yinz jag offs.

post #222 of 305

Thanks for the report LHC.  All I could focus on was that we're still staying slopeside, but just barely?

post #223 of 305

the conditions could get alot better by the weekend.

 

snow forecasted everyday after tomorrow now crystalized precip.

post #224 of 305

Better be good, I am passing up a trip to Vermont for this trip, but you guys are worth it.  

post #225 of 305
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

 


 

 

Yeah, David and JohnL are skiing with me  .

 

post #226 of 305

We're not going to make it, dang.   Jeff has to patrol this weekend (they're short-handed) and I still can't pressure the shin of my boots.

 

Take some turns for us and have fun, guys!

post #227 of 305
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 

Thanks for the report LHC.  All I could focus on was that we're still staying slopeside, but just barely?

We're OK, the coverage is good down by the house. It's just spotty on the steepest, longest shots in the Bowl.

post #228 of 305
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

 


 

 

Yeah, David and JohnL are skiing with me  .

 

Dang Dad, you were getting funky at age seven?

post #229 of 305
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Originally Posted by Bonni View Post

 

We're not going to make it, dang.   Jeff has to patrol this weekend (they're short-handed) and I still can't pressure the shin of my boots.

 

Take some turns for us and have fun, guys!

We'll miss you two.  Take care.

post #230 of 305
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Originally Posted by SCWVA View Post

 

 

Too funny, I'd actually already thought of that, but I had included you as one of the kids!  

 

What ya doing this week?  Depending on the weather, I may hit up 7S or WISP on Friday. I'll let you know.

 

 


 

HA Scott u knows who the grownups are in this crew.

post #231 of 305

little update the rain storm in pittsburgh and the laurel highlands today has brought 4 inches of snow to Blue Knob overnight and they were making snow on lower high hopes. from tonight on its will be VERY cold with a chance of snow everyday. chance of 6 inches plus on thursday and saturday.

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.28476388038702&lon=-78.56048583984375&site=ctp&smap=1&marine=0&unit=0&lg=en

 

remember this forecast is not adjusted for elevation.

post #232 of 305

 Muuuch better. 

 

Now..what skis to bring :) 

post #233 of 305

I hate to say this, but I don't think comprex and me are going to make it.  He's come down very ill.  I'll let you know for certain by tonight. 

post #234 of 305
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Originally Posted by BatGirl View Post

 

I hate to say this, but I don't think comprex and me are going to make it.  He's come down very ill.  I'll let you know for certain by tonight. 

Unacceptable. I have Comprex's boots... he HAS to make it. Even to just hang out. If it isn't jsut for the skiing it is to see everyone. If it was for the skiing, I would be heading to VErmont and hitting the storm that is hitting there. 

post #235 of 305
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Originally Posted by BatGirl View Post

 

I hate to say this, but I don't think comprex and me are going to make it.  He's come down very ill.  I'll let you know for certain by tonight. 


 

Unacceptable.

 

 

PJ you must recover, Phil has your boots, it's snowing in teh Laurels you must come or Batgirl should just leave you behind with a litre of water, box of tissues and a gallon of soup. Did i mention it's snowing in teh Laurels??

 

++++++++getwellpjg++++++++++

post #236 of 305
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

 


 

Unacceptable.

 

 

PJ you must recover, Phil has your boots, it's snowing in teh Laurels you must come or Batgirl should just leave you behind with a litre of water, box of tissues and a gallon of soup. Did i mention it's snowing in teh Laurels??

 

++++++++getwellpjg++++++++++

 

interesting what started off as rain in laurels in now snow....

 

and FYI Blue Knob is the alleghenies not the laurels.

post #237 of 305

and again little update

 

Blue Knob did change over from snow but its still below freezing so no snow lose.

post #238 of 305

Due to a late cancellation we have vacancies for one or two people in our slopeside accommodations for this gathering.  Cost is only $35 per night, Feb 20, 21 and/or 22.  Such a deal.  Let me know ASAP if you want in.  There is snow in the forecast and the company will be superb.

post #239 of 305
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 

Due to a late cancellation we have vacancies for one or two people in our slopeside accommodations for this gathering.  Cost is only $35 per night, Feb 20, 21 and/or 22.  Such a deal.  Let me know ASAP if you want in.  There is snow in the forecast and the company will be superb.

 

CBire is out of town, I will text him out in WinterPark to see if he is interested. Will know later on..cell is out of power at this point. 

post #240 of 305

I'm still debating.  I missed yesterday at Winter Park due to a combination of bad mexican and subsequent dehydration.  Today was epic with 6'' of fresh at the bottom and up to a foot or more at the top.  The top of Paresenn Bowl was brutal though with 30+ mph winds and blowing snow.  We ended up riding the ridge back down through some awesome trees.  My legs are busted and bumps are easier out west.

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