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post #1 of 19
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I've got a greenish light to head to ski this Saturday 1-31-09. Wintergreen is 100% open and getting new snow this week. Downsides are probably crowds and a $65.00 lift ticket price. I haven't ever been there so I'll bite once. Loop with me if anybody else wants to check it out Saturday morning.
post #2 of 19
I'd love to get down there but have coaching duties on Sat.

As far as Wintergreen goes, I think you'll like it. It's well laid out with very good lift service and possibly the best snowmaking in the Mid-Atlantic.
post #3 of 19
I plan to ski there Thursday or Friday (have a midweek season pass there). Report is about 2-3" of snow today, followed by a wet mix.

I would strongly discourage you from skiing Saturday unless you like huge crowds of gapers and insane lift lines. The place is a madhouse on mid-season weekends and not worth it in my opinion.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
I plan to ski there Thursday or Friday (have a midweek season pass there). Report is about 2-3" of snow today, followed by a wet mix.

I would strongly discourage you from skiing Saturday unless you like huge crowds of gapers and insane lift lines. The place is a madhouse on mid-season weekends and not worth it in my opinion.
What he said!

If skiing is a side show for the trip it might be OK for the 1st 1-1.5hrs after lifts open. After that forget it.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
I plan to ski there Thursday or Friday (have a midweek season pass there). Report is about 2-3" of snow today, followed by a wet mix.

I would strongly discourage you from skiing Saturday unless you like huge crowds of gapers and insane lift lines. The place is a madhouse on mid-season weekends and not worth it in my opinion.
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What he said!

If skiing is a side show for the trip it might be OK for the 1st 1-1.5hrs after lifts open. After that forget it.
That's what I expected at Sugar MLK day, but we got lucky and it wasn't bad at all.
After traveling 3 hours I'll probably ski thru lunch then pick up a souvenir hat and sticker and head home around 1 or 2. Keep in mind it si Superbowl weekend so maybe folks will be shopping for the parties. I plan to stay over on the right side on the blacks We shall see, and thanks for the warning, I've heard it is bedlam there from many
post #6 of 19
You'll be in for a shock, I can guarantee that! The closeness to Charlottesville and Richmond make it a popular resort for local skiers (and these are generally people who have never experienced any other form of skiing, so they have no idea it's crowded or crazy by our standards). I even stopped going on Sunday afternoons because the crowds are still fierce at that time. Lift lines will be better over on the Highlands for sure, but slope traffic is still insane. Definitely get there early if you can.

I get spoiled on weekdays -- sometimes there are less than 100-200 people on the entire mountain. It's like a private ski club.

On the Highlands, be sure to ski lower Cliffhanger, it's a fun trail. Devil's Elbow is a nice little run too, with great lines along skier's left. All of the upper trails are decent, though upper Cliffhanger is the best if you want to let your skis run. Outer Limits has a nice sustained pitch, but has a partial southern exposure so it can get mushy in mild weather.

Over on the Big Acorn side, the Sunrise trail is a gem, though it can get icy sometimes. Tyro and Eagle's Swoop are great blue cruisers. Skier's right of upper Eagle's Swoop often has great snow and some fun lines. Big Acorn itself is actually fairly steep near the bottom, and is a fun ride though short.

Here's a helmet cam video from a couple weeks ago:

http://vimeo.com/user1113864/videos

(as of 11:27pm eastern time, Vimeo is still processing it -- should be up in a couple hours)

BTW, a great place to park is down by the tubing hill. There is a modern lodge right there, with a ticket booth and restrooms down below the deck (a crushed stone path leads down under the deck from the parking lot and from the ski trail). If you get there early, you can park 20-40 feet from lower Eagle's Swoop and be right next to the snow. From there, you can ski down to the Big Acorn lift, and either do some laps there or head across the mountain to the Highlands. There is also a parking lot by Ridgely's Fun Park (the beginner area with magic carpet -- look for a teepee) that is close to the snow. The only other good parking lots are restricted to property owners on the weekends, so they will funnel traffic to general parking lower on the mountain away from the slopes. If you can get there early and score a spot near the tubing park, you're golden.
post #7 of 19
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My luck continues.  The parking lots were pretty full, but the lift lines were non existent today.  The only place I saw lines deeper than two or three chairs was Imperial Express right after lunch so I just skied on by that mess.  I took this photo around 11 am:

 

I had a great time.  Now to post a TR..


Edited by crgildart - Sun, 01 Feb 09 00:59:55 GMT
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
You'll be in for a shock, I can guarantee that! The closeness to Charlottesville and Richmond make it a popular resort for local skiers (and these are generally people who have never experienced any other form of skiing, so they have no idea it's crowded or crazy by our standards). I even stopped going on Sunday afternoons because the crowds are still fierce at that time. Lift lines will be better over on the Highlands for sure, but slope traffic is still insane. Definitely get there early if you can.

I get spoiled on weekdays -- sometimes there are less than 100-200 people on the entire mountain. It's like a private ski club.

On the Highlands, be sure to ski lower Cliffhanger, it's a fun trail. Devil's Elbow is a nice little run too, with great lines along skier's left. All of the upper trails are decent, though upper Cliffhanger is the best if you want to let your skis run. Outer Limits has a nice sustained pitch, but has a partial southern exposure so it can get mushy in mild weather.

Over on the Big Acorn side, the Sunrise trail is a gem, though it can get icy sometimes. Tyro and Eagle's Swoop are great blue cruisers. Skier's right of upper Eagle's Swoop often has great snow and some fun lines. Big Acorn itself is actually fairly steep near the bottom, and is a fun ride though short.

Here's a helmet cam video from a couple weeks ago:

http://vimeo.com/user1113864/videos

(as of 11:27pm eastern time, Vimeo is still processing it -- should be up in a couple hours)

BTW, a great place to park is down by the tubing hill. There is a modern lodge right there, with a ticket booth and restrooms down below the deck (a crushed stone path leads down under the deck from the parking lot and from the ski trail). If you get there early, you can park 20-40 feet from lower Eagle's Swoop and be right next to the snow. From there, you can ski down to the Big Acorn lift, and either do some laps there or head across the mountain to the Highlands. There is also a parking lot by Ridgely's Fun Park (the beginner area with magic carpet -- look for a teepee) that is close to the snow. The only other good parking lots are restricted to property owners on the weekends, so they will funnel traffic to general parking lower on the mountain away from the slopes. If you can get there early and score a spot near the tubing park, you're golden.

 

Really nice video, but, may I suggest that when, no big intent here, but...If you were to pick a point at the bottom of your run and try to hold your head stable at one level with your eyes focused on that point, I believe your video would be stabalized and improved, as it would have Higher and more stable view of the hill.  Also, when you are working on keeping your head in this level plane and focused on that point near the hill bottom (not the run), you may find this stabalizes and enhances your skiing, as you keep your upper body and head in one level plane and allow your feet to turn independantly.

post #9 of 19

You really were lucky to head there, btw, crgildart!  We went to Beech today.  We headed for Sugar and when we got there, we would have had to park in the parking lot out at the main road and there was a major line up waiting for shuttle buses to come to get to the hill. Old Boot and I figured we would be an hour before we even got to buy our lift ticket so we passed on by and headed up to Beech.  Beech wasn't nearly as busy as Sugar but it was certainly slow going for the first hour or so, and after 2:30 we managed to finally get a rythym going of run to chair that works and get some runs in.  It was busy, we remember why we don't go on weekends.  I've seen worse though. 

 

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by lady_Salina View Post
 

Really nice video, but, may I suggest that when, no big intent here, but...If you were to pick a point at the bottom of your run and try to hold your head stable at one level with your eyes focused on that point, I believe your video would be stabalized and improved, as it would have Higher and more stable view of the hill.  Also, when you are working on keeping your head in this level plane and focused on that point near the hill bottom (not the run), you may find this stabalizes and enhances your skiing, as you keep your upper body and head in one level plane and allow your feet to turn independantly.

 

It's a "point of view" (POV) helmet cam, used to capture action -- not a touristy video cam for shooting slope scenery!  Here's a better example with real action:

 

 

With POV cams, you will see exactly what I am looking at more or less -- so it might be 1-3 bumps ahead on a mogul run, the entry/exit to a chute, a glance uphill, the snow under my skis, whatever.  The idea is for it to be a first-person video record of the run.  The camera runs all the time as I ski normally, and I just "tag" a clip after something happens that I want to save.

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

My luck continues.  The parking lots were pretty full, but the lift lines were non existent today.  The only place I saw lines deeper than two or three chairs was Imperial Express right after lunch so I just skied on by that mess.  I took this photo around 11 am:

I had a great time.  Now to post a TR..


Edited by crgildart - Sun, 01 Feb 09 00:59:55 GMT

 

Cool, glad you had a good day.  I was worried you might hate the place -- I was there yesterday (Friday) and it was extremely crowded for a weekday.  No significant lift lines on Big Acorn or the Highlands, but way more people on the slopes than I am used to for a weekday and a lot of knuckleheads botching the lift loads/unloads.  I figured today would be worse, but seems like it was about the same.

 

BTW, on a normal weekday, you can ski right onto that chair.  I end up doing laps on the Highlands sometimes and can rack up a lot of vert. 

 

I'll be interested to see your report!

post #12 of 19

That looks like a fun day skiing.

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

The terrain on the far left and the highlands were not congested at all.  I never shared a trail with more than three people within site and usually had the trail to myself.  The locals were the ones in shock at the crowds.

 

Now the terrain in the middle (beginner areas around the terrain park) looked a lot more like Lady Salina's photo.  That part of the resort really was a zoo typical of the southeast resorts ona Saturday. 

 

 

I feel really lucky

post #14 of 19
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Most of my photos didn't come out well cause I didn't take a real camera.  The blowing snow fogged up my phone camera lense I guess?  Anyway, here are two from the Highlands that came out OK.

 

Looking up:

 

Looking down:

post #15 of 19

Crgildart, your Wintergreen photos look great.  I can't wait til I'm there -- despite the crowds -- in 11 days.

 

219, I loved your helmet cam video from Alta.  But I can't watch it again.  If I do, I'm likely to walk away from my office right now and find somewhere to ski.

 

 


Edited by Jimski - Mon, 02 Feb 09 17:48:18 GMT
post #16 of 19
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219, I loved your helmet cam video from Alta.  But I can't watch it again.  If I do, I'm likely to walk away from my office right now and find somewhere to ski.

 

 

Let's go!  I'm always ready to ski!  (Actually, I'm at Snowshoe as we speak; got 3-5" new snow today with more on the way).

 

Maybe we can meet up at Wintergreen and shoot some more video there sometime.  I may shoot some video at Snowshoe tomorrow.

post #17 of 19

219 -- Unfortunately, I usually can't just leave my office spontaneously.  But, with some advance notice, meeting at WTG or one of the other local places sounds good.

 

Have fun in Snowshoe.  Haven't been there yet, but it's on my short list.


Edited by Jimski - Tue, 03 Feb 09 14:37:38 GMT
post #18 of 19

Anyone want to meet up at Wintergreen tomorrow?  I'm probably heading up for the day.. start early and stay until about 3 or so.

post #19 of 19

I'd love to meet up tomorrow, but spent the first part of the week skiing at SS and need to put in some time at the office.  But it should be an excellent day weather wise, and the snow is in great shape.

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