I brought a camera, but I didn't take many pictures. Here are the few that came out OK. WVSkier15 and Laurel Hill Crazie on Stembogen.
JamesJ got past me before I could get my crosshairs on him. OK, not a good shot, but it's Jim who made this event extra cool. He rented us a ski lodge to stay in and served us food. Hey, thanks Jim! (He's really a secret double agent from DCSki.com, who hijacked our gathering.)
There was a rent two days, get third free deal on the chalet Jim rented. I'm sure it was hopping Friday and Saturday nights, sorry I missed that. I arrived Sunday morning, skied all day and spent a quiet evening with three stragglers, Garyskr, JohnL, and Col. "Snowman" Morgan, another DCSki operative. Jim briefed me on the Colonel. "Where Morgan goes, it snows."
Day three, the bonus day. Eight inches of new snow were reported. It was deeper in protected areas, other places were blown clear of snow. Blue Knob opens at ten on weekdays.
Why is this man smiling? The rest of the pictures were taken from the chair. JohnL was kind enough to stop and wait for me several times each run, but he wasn't interested in waiting longer while I fiddled with a camera.
Stembogen, we could get nice soft turns in this meadow all day. Further up there were some fun drifts and some ice patches. We mostly stuck to the fun drifts. There were many nice lines in the bowl. We could not ski them all. Our tracks, the patrollers' and one guy who passed us as we stopped to talk the patrol about opening Edgeset. I guess they would have if Extrovert had remained open.
The Snowman and JohnL.
John thought this looked good, but later admitted it wasn't although he handled it with aplomb. It did get us to Lower High Hopes which was sweet and would have gotten us to Lower X which looked sweet if the patrol had not erred on the side of caution. They dropped the rope, skied down, then went and put the rope back up because they found it too difficult. We were the only ones lucky enough to get in before it was closed again.
The nefarious JohnL guided me (snaked my line) down Edgset which had some of the deepest snow on the mountain, boot deep, drifted onto the left side. I made one medium radius turn, out of the sweet spot, and got a little gouge, but it was one of many, no core shots, but some really long ones, none deep. Very little edge damage.
Edited by telerod15 - 2/24/2009 at 11:35 pm
Edited by telerod15 - 2/25/2009 at 12:52 am