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post #31 of 38
This is a great trip report.  Keep 'em coming!!

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This is an example of the snow we get in October in the Poconos, can you imagine how deep it gets by February?

You have to write a review of Snowbird for the contest!!!!
post #32 of 38
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Steeps in the Poconos?  


If you asked me 2 years ago I would have sworn there were 45 degree pitches at Blue Mountain...  Now, having skiied some honest 45 degree slopes, I look at the "Steeps" at Blue and wonder why I ever thought it was steep.  25 degrees at most...maybe 30 on the backside of a mogul
The only challenge at Blue Mountain is the ice.
post #33 of 38
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I skied CB for 25 years.  Skills learned:  Ice skiing and moving glades.  Seriously, once you've learned to ski the sheer ice of 2 PM on a weekend at CB the term "ice" anywhere else holds no terror.  And the moving glades of the same time period coming down Honeymoon Lane, aka Suicide Alley, enhances your peripheral vision and your reaction time enormously.  This is tree skiing with moving trees.  They crowd 10,000 to 12,000 people on 125 acres on a weekend, just think of it!  The transition to the empty slopes of Whitefish was a breeze.  All I had to learn to deal with was "excess snow" on the hill.  I think that you have to have respect for the people who ski that stuff and get out there and enjoy themselves week after week.  And yes, I did enjoy myself.  I knew the rhythm of the crowds and how to work the lifts and where people would be at any point of the day.  Sure, since it was the same sort of conditions all the time, I plateaued.  But, the additional skills needed here were more "mind skills" than anything since coming here.  Things ARE steeper and it's my head I have to work on, not my feet, my friends tell me this all the time.  Once I commit, I do it just fine, it's more overcoming the eyeballs than anything else. 
I love this!  Moving glades!  I call them human slalom gates, though moving glades is much more appropriate because I wouldn't treat a fellow skier like a slalom gate.  And I do enjoy myself at Blue, and at Bear Creek, which has 1/2 the vertical and shorter runs, but a nice friendly vibe, a beautiful lodge, and trails that are more snow than ice.

I just wish I could figure out how to advance my off-piste skills where there is no off-piste.......
post #34 of 38
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The only challenge at Blue Mountain is the ice.
 

Ah the SnowCone slopes!
(as referred to by PhilPug)


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I just wish I could figure out how to advance my off-piste skills where there is no off-piste.......
 
kinda makes you piste off, eh?
post #35 of 38
I ski on a bump every weekend. Yes it would be wonderful if the vert was larger the conditions were better etc , etc. But I have a theory about vertically challenged skiers. When we do get to ski on a mountain we're in 7th Heaven and just appreciate the hell out of the experience. We're never jaded on our trips west and thoroughly enjoy every run. Its special. Even if the conditions are so so, they are typically better than what we normally ski on back home.

The other thing about small hills. Every year I'm impressed with the caliber of skiing I see riding the lift. You can still become a damn good skier coming off a small hill. Bumps, gates, carving, now even jibbing with the parks that are being built. I know a bunch of people that now only ski once or twice a year during trips west. I've rarely regretted driving out to the hill and going skiing and 90% of the time I can say I had a really enjoyable experience. Maybe that's just me and the rut you can argue I'm in.

Every once in a while something special can happen at these areas too. Hopefully the weather forecast here pans out for what is being forecast as significant snowfall this weekend. Its all good!
post #36 of 38
I want to commend those who have posted in support of Pa. skiing. These small mountains have provided the skiing roots for many, and, Pa. skiers are pretty passionate about getting out to get their turns done. While we can contrast what we have against larger areas, there is almost no skiing in the East below us, other than in the Appalachan areas of Va and West Va. Many would love to have Pa skiing available to them. We should never forget that. Another factor to consider is the economic boost skiing provides to the mostly rural communities where our mountains are located. It's a real plus for those who find winter employment in the ski industry.

I learned at Camelback and on that first day, hit the same tree 3 times before I figured out how to turn. That day changed my life.

I was at Blue today following a major 2" dump. The little bit of snow made for some nice skiing early, the sun came out and it got a little above freezing. Just a real nice Pa skiing day. I rode the chair with a couple from DC who drive up each week, and, meeting people who travel several hours is common. Noofus said it correctly that without Blue and it's sister areas, we would not have the skills to take west or to NE.

Pa skiing made my day! Elk Friday - Anybody around?
post #37 of 38
I was at Blue today too. Rode the lift with someone who drover up from Southern Delaware, 3+ hours to ski there.  Not sure I'd want to drive that far for Blue, but he does it weekly.
post #38 of 38
Finndog: you can count me in for Elk as long as it's not the last week of Feb (gonna be at Big Sky)
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