Winter finally decided to show up and we even had some conversational snow on Sunday. Several days out, a significant snow storm is being forecast: WeatherUnderground (source of that image capture above) | Capital Weather Gang (The Post)
It’s time to talk about skiing.
@doubleuefwhy sliding through a wind blasted Frozen hellscape is not for me. I will wait for baseball and summer.
— Luigi de Guzman (@ouij) January 7, 2016
This post if for you, @ouij.
This year I want to go somewhere I haven’t been in a while or ever. One place I’m openly investigating via the DCski.com forum is Elk Mountain in Northeast Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains. Any input? It got a good write-up in Washingtonian’s skiing preview earlier this season.
Of course, this weekend’s impending storm could change things.
I’ll been lax on my exercises, but I’m getting caught up. All that warm weather kept me cycling which helps the legs quite a bit.
Ski areas, reviewed
In addition to dcski.com, I’ve profile all the ski areas I’ve been over the last decade, especially Whitetail. Lots of Whitetail.
Whitetail – Tuscarora Mountains, Southern Pennsylvania (2011, 2013, 2015)
Massanutten – Massanutten Mountain, Virginia (2014)1000!
Timberline – Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia (2013)1000!
Blue Knob – Allegheny Mountains, Central-ish Pennsylvania (2012)1000!
Camelback – Poconos (2009 sand several times before)
Big Boulder – Poconos (2007 and many times previously)
Jack Frost – Poconos (2007)
I pretty much insist on at least 1,000 feet of vertical these days (though Whitetail is within 60 or 70 feet) and have marked those areas appropriately.
Oh all of those, I discourage Timberline though because it just isn’t well-capitalized enough to provide a 21st century experience. I hope the encroaching Corridor H (US 48) helps find some serious investment in lifts and snow-making.
Blue Knob is also under consideration.
I think the Virginia resorts might just be too far south in this mild winter, but if we get another late-week storm, I’d go to Massanutten again. The story has changed since I started writing this post last week.
As always, an excellent resource for resort profiles is dcski.com. Also, if you have questions, head to the forum or facebook page. Someone also suggested gondyline.com for previews: VA | MD | PA | WV
I also created a twitter list last year of Mid-Atlantic skiing. It’s less depressing in recent weeks than it had been and sometimes it has real information other than just RT’ing people that say nice things!
clutter free magazine?!
Remember when I mentioned last year that signing up for NASTAR would get you a few subscription to Ski Magazine. Welp, never got a copy. Boo NASTAR!
Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn
An inspirational playlist of skiing videos that even Warren Miller envies:
Now how can the climatic ski scene and ski pole duel (which needs lightsabres added to it) from Better Off Dead not be on youtube?