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Blue Knob 1/18/10

post #1 of 8
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 So I got to go to Blue Knob for the first time ever today. They call it Pennsylvania's best kept secret and I could see why. Getting to the place is crazy, especially in the dense fog this morning. If you've never been there you drive 5 miles out this country road and then turn onto the road to the base lodge (which is at the top of the mountain) which is another 4 mile drive with fog limiting the visibility to a couple dozen feet. The fog persisted on top of the mountain until about noon. 

It also rained yesterday and got a bit below freezing last night, so it wasn't full on ice but there was definitely a crunchy solid layer of snow. Another issue was that their website was wrong. They listed several trails open that were not, particularly 2 or 3 glades that I wanted to ski, but none were open. Also annoying was that I went to ski Extrovert and got there and the closed rope was across the top. I went back to the lodge to complain because that was listed as open and it was the one trail that I definitely wanted to ski. They called ski patrol and it was supposed to be open, someone hadn't done their job and forgot to drop the rope. So near as I could tell I was the first one to ski Extrovert today. The first run was pretty icy, but as the day warmed up and some more skiers broke up the top layer it got a bit better.

The snow was pretty slushy and the farther down the mountain you got the less snow they had, there was a lot of bare spots and grass sticking up. Now for the interesting story of the day. I fell more times today than I have in a long time (7 times to be specific). 5 of which was me trying to learn to ski switch on the Runout trail at the bottom. The good news is I got a lot better at skiing backwards and particularly in doing on slope 180's.

Fall number 6 was when I attempted to try to do tricks in the trauma park. They had 2 kickers (nothing too big maybe 6 or 7 foot high). Let me state this first I hardly ever hit the terrain park unless the conditions are sub-par so I'm not used to hitting jumps. So my third of fourth run through I tried to do a grab. Only thing is I ended up twisting sideways and landed off balance on one ski and flopped on my side and ended up backwards (nothing like snow being forced down the back of your pants to teach you the right way to do things.

The following run was my last of the day so I decided to hit both kickers in a row at top speed (got great distance off the second one) and figured I'd hit Extrovert to end the day. For those of you unfamiliar with Blue Knob there is a trail that cuts through the middle of Extrovert. So they cut off the end of one of the moguls with a groomer. What results is a near vertical 7 foot drop onto flat terrain if you end up in the wrong spot. With the ice and my not judging the trail right I ended up sliding into a mogul faster than I wanted and got air and went over the top of said cutoff. The result is an 8 foot vertical drop with me doing a Superman sans skis and one pole. Some lady that had gone down ahead of me was about 50 feet down the trail and stopped catching her breath. I had managed to flip over on my back since I was going face first with goggles full of snow down the mountain. I slid all the way down to where she was and now on my back just smiled, waved and said hi. She just cracked up laughing as I slid another 5 or 10 feet past her. I managed to stop and get up and had to make the about 60 foot hike up to my skis and pole. On top of that I had to clear out my goggles which had very nearly lost the lens (it was only half in the frame still). It was the most wrecks I've had in a day in a long time but it was also the day I learned the most and ended up with a great story too!
post #2 of 8
sounds like an average day at the knob
post #3 of 8
It sounds like BK got more rain then the Laurel Ridge. I thought that there might still be enough cover there for the glades but it was last Wednesday since I was there. I have had so many falls on Extrovert but your sounds like I good one. I'm sorry I wasn't there to see it. Are you going to make the Blue Knob gathering Feb. 20 & 21? I hope to see you there.
post #4 of 8
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No I'm gonna be skiing in Wilkes Barre at snow then maybe another time.

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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post

It sounds like BK got more rain then the Laurel Ridge. I thought that there might still be enough cover there for the glades but it was last Wednesday since I was there. I have had so many falls on Extrovert but your sounds like I good one. I'm sorry I wasn't there to see it. Are you going to make the Blue Knob gathering Feb. 20 & 21? I hope to see you there.
post #5 of 8
Sounds like a good time. :)

One pole is all you need to self arrest. Learn how, it's a valuable skill. 
post #6 of 8
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The pole helped but the 40 degree weather made the slope like a slip in slide
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Sounds like a good time. :)

One pole is all you need to self arrest. Learn how, it's a valuable skill. 
post #7 of 8
I have ExtroDirt to than for the last real fall I took.  I hit a rock while turning right that stopped my left ski dead in its tracks.  I did a barrel  roll flip, but didn't lose any gear so I got my feet down the fall line to stop the descent.

Thankfully, nobody fom the gathering that day saw it
post #8 of 8
During last year's gathering I crashed and burn at the bottom of Stem Bowl, the exact same spot Pierre crashed later that day. I only bruised my ego. Pierre broke his rib. BK ain't for sissies.
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