We have had our first snowfall, the winter solstice and Christmas, so you better be doing your wall-sit exercises – the Mid-Atlantic ski season is well underway (DCski). It’s going to be cold for the foreseeable future, so the snow guns are going to firing often. I just subscribed to Ski Magazine and SPOILER ALERT our region wasn’t mentioned in the most recent issue. My annual kick-off from commuter skier perspective is here to fill the void, but without trying to sell you equipment worth more than your car.
Cheaper skiing for the kids
If you don’t mind heading to Pennsylvania with your 4th or 5th grader, for $35, you can buy them the Pennsylvania Snow Pass:
How about skiing or boarding for FREE this winter? Well here’s your chance! Your Pennsylvania 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass offers you the privilege of skiing and boarding at Pennsylvania Ski Resorts for FREE this winter – Take mom or dad with you for the thrill of a lifetime – an experience you will never forget.
h/t Ed Fowler of Skidome.org. I’ll report back on how it works out for my fourth grader.
Capital Weather Gang Skier Forecast
The Post‘s weather blog is considering regular forecasts for skiers:
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Highest vertical drop in Pennsylvania, but only by a few feet. Solid, if unspectacular and kind of far for a Washingtonian for what you get. The non-snow operations are great though. Might as well go a little further north, especially during the week though.
Thirty-three slopes probably make this the best overall ski area in the Poconos, even with only 800 feet of vertical drop. The Nile Mile is my favorite slope anywhere in Pennsylvania. If there was 25% more vertical, it’d be a black diamond rating.
The elevation is under 2000 feet, but is over 900 feet of vertical drop. At only 90 minutes from the Capital Beltway, it’s an excellent option for D.C. commuter skiers. It may be the best run ski area around, though it’s dry.
Other ski areas visited in the distant past, but not profiled: Wisp (Maryland), Liberty, Roundtop, Montage (Pennsylvania) and Eldora (Colorado). A big mistake I made as a college student was not taking advantage of those $10 lift tickets with a valid ID. Youth is wasted on the young.
It’s almost 2018
And we still do not have the Better Off Dead Lane vs. Ricky ski pole duel hacked with light sabres. Seriously, it’s so obvious it hurts. Somebody, make it happen.
By the way, all though not Mid-Atlantic specific, there is now a Mount Brodie line of merch 😍😍:
Skidome.org focuses on the southern Pennsylvania resorts closest to D.C. and has discounts for regular skiers.
According to some (like the NBA; the NHL realized the folly & realigned divisions), DC, Virginia & Maryland are the Southeast. I suppose the case for most of the Old Dominion is fairly strong, but semantics aside, SkiSoutheast has profiles & news of Virginia, Maryland, West By God Virginia & more southern resorts. It’s enthusiastically updated often, a must-read if you want to go to a WV resort or further south.
Your annual cinematic inspiration
Pronounced “shee-ing,” skiing is fast becoming the most popular of all winter sports. And small wonder, for there is no finer conquest than that of a mountain clad in its glorious winter mantle of glittering white.