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The Valentines Day Massacre at Blue Knob

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Phil's Philly crew plus telerod15 at Blue Knob 2/14

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Phil does East Wall, a rarely open glade

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Philly crew attacks Lower Shortway,  rarely open, narrow gnar

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SKI-3PO's extremely cute family at BK, they can rip too.

Cool, cloudy, but wonderful surface conditions of loose and packed powder at Blue Knob today.  Skied stuff I have never skied before there. Very fun. Nice to meet everyone. The entire mountain is up for grabs.  Should stay very good for some time ahead.
post #2 of 43

The Valentines Day Massacre at Blue Knob

 We came, we skied, we poached. 

Philpug
Noofus
Lovebug
Cbire880 (& wife)
PBlack
Ski-3P0
(all the above are Wicks Ski Shop Customers)

and met up with...
JamesJ
TeleRod

The decision to ski over Presidents Day was questioned by some but knowing that Blue Knob would be off the radar for most skiers along with two major dumps oif snow in the past week, made it the obvious choice for a place to ski. 

As we drove up there was barely a car on the access road meant more snow for us. PBack and I met up with the rest of the gang and immediately dressed warm then went out to make lots of turns. Conditions were stellar and overhearing from many BK faithfuls, "Conditions were the best than they have been in 20 years". While there weren't too many places to make fresh track let alone get "face shots", it was fantastic snow, it made my top 10 days that I have skied in PA. 

I will add, the ladies kicked ass, they skied with mucho strides in their skiing and I was very proud of them, both Em & Mel have made huge strides this year. Kudos.

Here are some pics...
Telerod

Cbire

JamesJ

JamesJ

Noofus

Noofus

PBlack

TeleRod


 
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JamesJ
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CBire
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Noofus
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PFBlack
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Jim and Phil searching for the elusive face shot
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Noofus and Mel
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Mel and Lovebug
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Great day. Lots of snow. It was fun skiing with you all. Hope I got your names right. :)
 

Edited by telerod15 - 2/15/10 at 7:07am
post #4 of 43
Today was legit and it was in PA.  One of the best days I've had in PA, that's for sure.  Between the bumps, trees and generally messy terrain, I almost forgot what state I was in.  Had a blast.
post #5 of 43
 You guys/gals really did slay it today!

Thanks for sharing!
post #6 of 43
So ... Much ... Fun!! The ortho told me not to push it too hard, so i skiied bumps all day ;) Fantastic snow and great terrain and fun ski friends made for a really awesome day. Wasn't able to keep up with the boys, but hung tough and skied some "sporty" lines. Can't believe it was really PA we were skiing today. Thanks so much to everyone for truely special PA ski day :)
post #7 of 43
I'm sorry I missed the Philly crew but I got some shots in with Telerod and Jamesj in the morning. I was feeling guilty leaving my wife and son on their own and wouldn't you know that Jim and Rod found Phil and crew just as I finally found the family. Son and I  shared a run with Ski3PO and his family later. I'm glad the Eastern PA crew found the Knob to their liking. I hope yunz guys come back next weekend for the official gathering. We're due for another run of snow tomorrow maybe another foot in the mountains with snow all week.

The DCSki crew did find some untracked in an undisclosed location. No face shots, Josh  though I did find some knee deep.
post #8 of 43
 Those few flakes of fluff flying over your left shoulder almost hit your face.
post #9 of 43
How do you like that gape on my face? I was trying to catch those flakes in my mouth. Tell Jer I was using my wide boards (78mm).
post #10 of 43
Looks like big fun!  Thanks for the report.
post #11 of 43
 great pics guys! to those of you who can ski this mountain this year do it. Its got way more fun terrain than anything else in the areas. 

It should be getting better as well another 10 inch today!
post #12 of 43
Philpug's secret for staying young - ski with (mostly) twentysomethings! I'll ruin that average this Sunday.
post #13 of 43
Saw you guys from the lift on ??Lower Expedition?? Or some of you anyway. Thought it might be the bears, but as I don't post much I didn't say anything. Enjoyed watching the black-geared tele guys turns.

It was a good day, eh?
post #14 of 43
We had a great weekend at Blue Knob - no additional pics unfortunately.  Snow conditions in PA don't get better than this.  Saturday, my daughter and I spent quite a bit of time in the glades on the upper mountain, plus a run down High Hopes to Lower Extrovert and a run in the Bone Yard Glades, which took me forever (or so she said) to make the narrow exit out of while she impatiently waited below.   My wife and son spent time on the groomers and had a lot of fun.  Sunday, the mountain was full of EpicSkiers.  Saw Phil and group several times from or below the Expressway chair early, then heard a "SKI-3PO!" yelled out as I was going in for lunch - turned around to see JamesJ, LHC and telerod.  Kept missing the former group, but finally caught up with the latter for part of a run at the end of the day.  Runs of the day for my daughter and I were Stembogan to the Ditch glades and then 1 run down the bumps on Lower Route 66.  We also did 3 Nastar runs each, since she had Olympic racing on the mind.  My son had fun checking out his first ever tree run between Upper Expressway and the terrain park.  It got a little crowded during the afternoons both days, but you definitely couldn't complain for it being a holiday weekend with great snow.
post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by Kimmyt View Post

Saw you guys from the lift on ??Lower Expedition?? Or some of you anyway. Thought it might be the bears, but as I don't post much I didn't say anything. Enjoyed watching the black-geared tele guys turns.

It was a good day, eh?


You should have said something. Rod was making some sweet tele turns, that is for sure. You say you saw us on the closed trail? that could have been anyone . . 
post #16 of 43

Sorry I missed that one! Looks like a great day.  Em' keep pushin' that knee and it will just keep degrading!  Sorry to be like "dad" here but......  well, you know.

Phil, how many Kastles at this outing?
 

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 3PO, I noticed your little girl had some skills. Lower 66? Wow! I started down that but quickly bailed out, traversing though the brush to get to High Hopes, and some conditions I could handle! I can see how her size would give her an advantage getting out of the Boneyard (which has a lot of new trees, like the place Jim and Phil are "skiing" in the picture I posted above).

Thanks, Kimmyt! You are my new favorite Epicskier. :D
post #18 of 43
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Sorry I missed that one! Looks like a great day.  Em' keep pushin' that knee and it will just keep degrading!  Sorry to be like "dad" here but......  well, you know.

Phil, how many Kastles at this outing?
 


Only Phil was on Kastles.  But Emily's MX78s and my RXs were in the car just in case we needed them
post #19 of 43
What a great day of skiing,  one of the best I've had on skis, even if I was putting the SS Speeds 2 feet deep into moguls and ejecting .  Too much fun, Blue Knob put on a show out there with these storms and the crowds at the worst were no worse than the Poconos on a normal weekend day.
post #20 of 43
Phil, there were no closed trails! Some entrances maybe roped off, but a Diva that works there as an instructor told me that morning, 100% open, no pass pulling at all.

So, you guys weren't really poaching. :)
post #21 of 43
BAH!  I should have crossed the rope into the "open" trail off Stembogan. 
post #22 of 43
Yes, those "new" trees made things interesting for me.    Being 4 foot, nuthin' has some advantages for her both going around bumps and those new trees.  She's definitely a diva in training, she enjoyed showing off under the lift.
post #23 of 43
 pfblack, that run wasn't as good as a lot of the stuff you skied, but you would have loved the glades off Jack Rabbit. We hit them around four pm and found some of the softest turns of the day there. Lots of snow, those should not have been roped off.

3PO, I'm sure you could have kept up through the new growth if you were on 130s. Don't know how well they would work for you in the bumps though. 
post #24 of 43
Looks like "bumps n lumps" conditions.  Need to bring you A game for that.  Well done folks
post #25 of 43
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Em' keep pushin' that knee and it will just keep degrading!  Sorry to be like "dad" here but......  well, you know
 

Ya ya i know :) I actually AM listening to my body -- and skiing bumps is far easier than carving right now. I get my real brace tomorrow, but the ortho did say i can do anything that doesnt hurt. Kastles are a little much right now - so good thing there was enough snow for the Cosmos! Worse thing yesterday was getting into my skis and the top groomer runs. The conditions were too phenominal to pass up - plus someone had to run ski delivery operations! I promise I'm generally behaving and giving it time to heal :)
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 plus someone had to run ski delivery operations!
 

You got a lot of practice between Noofus and me.  You expertly slid Noof's ski down moguls, nestling right within reach.  Professional.
post #27 of 43
OK, Em'...... I am sure Noof' is taking good care of you!
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Here's the only good pics I took yesterday.
post #29 of 43
 That's my favorite action shot in the thread, Rob, but probably because I'm in it. :D 
post #30 of 43
Ok Rod, since you're a narcissist here's a few more:

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