A Pow Day in Maryland

I now know what the true meaning of “it’s dumping” means. We got 26″ in 24 hours and there was even more that fell if you were south. It was the most snow in the shortest amount of time I’ve ever seen.

I was essentially stuck. Forget the bread and milk, I headed for a bottle of wine (or two), as there was NO way I was even digging myself out of my parking lot. I did, however, try to ski down it, and realized there was not enough slope and way to much snow for me to get anywhere. The guy pictured above figured it’d be better to go the already plowed route. You live and you learn:

I was finally freed from my snow-jail around noon on Sunday afternoon, when I held my breath and busted my FWD Kia out of the lot and headed south. Yes, south, to Wisp.

I took advantage of the Regional Resort Swap with my Snowshoe pass, and to my surprise, I skied 36″ of powder at no cost. Thank God, because my body was NOT ready for that!

Damn, did my legs burn. I don’t ski Wisp much, as West Virginia usually trumps my choice for southern ski states, but I happened to ski into a section of Wisp called North Camp. The entire vibe of every rider was different here – powderhounds of all ages. The front side seemed a bit overcrowded with people that were wishing for groomed terrain and weren’t finding it, and back at North Camp spirits were high and smiles were big. Lots of conversations with happy strangers and cheering kits sending it off a lip under the lift. All in all, North Camp is where it was at. It was a good day.

Always a fan of opposites, the next day I ended up pretty much as south as I could go in the US… Florida.f999e716-6dc8-4904-a4ae-af34a4311037

 

 

Tri-State Resort Update

I am getting pretty restless and am ready to blow a lot of money on a trip out west right now. Unfortunately El Nino is hitting the East Coast with a nice bit of rain and high 50’s. If you’re really itching, resorts have been working hard to get something on the ground, so there’s a little something to play in.

So who’s open?
You’ve got the itch. Here’s who’s open as of Wednesday, December 23. If you’re reading after, click the links for updates.

  • Boyce Park, PA – you’ve never heard of this place? It’s a park located in Monroeville. Perfect for beginners, but I have no reporting info.
  • Seven Springs, PA – 4 trails / 4 lifts with (18″ base)
  • Hidden Valley, PA – 6 trails / 2 lifts (20″ base)
  • Blue Mountain, PA – 1 trail / 1 lift (10″ base)
  • Snowshoe, WV – 10 trails / 5 lifts, 2 / 1 at Silvercreek (23″ base)
  • Timberline, WV – 2 trails / 1 lift (20″ base)
  • Canaan Valley, WV – 6 trails / 2 lifts (8″ base)
  • Holiday Valley, NY – 2 trails / 2 lifts (3″ base according to Google)

Peek ‘n Peak is officially open on December 26! Blue KnobWisp and Mystic Mountain are still closed. Liberty and Whitetail are also closed.

Updated Lift Rate Roundup:
I tried to make this way easier to read, but failed…
New Mountains added! Blue Mountain and beginner-friendly areas.

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I am an idiot and have Peek ‘n Peak in PA – it’s in New York. I always thought it was in Erie… looks like that might be my first ski day!

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I truly hope to see you out there very, very soon.