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2016 Skiing in the Mid-Atlantic preview

Big January 22, 2016 stormWinter 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.

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

Twitter list

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!


Where’s my 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?

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Places I went in 2015

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Chantilly, Va.
Gloucester, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
Port Royal, Va.
Springfield, Va.
Tysons, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Annapolis, Md.
Chevy Chase, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Jessup, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Stephensville, Md.
Barnegat Light, N.J.
Beach Haven, N.J.
Holgate, N.J.
Medford, N.J.
Red Lion, N.J.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.

The usual criteria apply — I had to spend a night, eat a sit-down meal at a local place or have an adventure for a place to count.

It was really good getting back to the Jersey Shore this year.

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Don’t expect (m)any changes in the Nats uniforms or Metro policy

In his Q&A with fans, Washington Nationals owner and occasional batting practice outfielder Mark Lerner fielded a couple of questions about uniforms:

The Nats refreshed the team’s uniforms several years ago. I personally feel the set has been a success for the most part, but also could be improved in some ways. How do you feel about them? Do you see any enhancements/additions in the future, or are you content with this set?

“It’s funny, now anywhere I travel I run into folks wearing Nationals team merchandise – Curly W caps, jerseys, T-shirts. I think we have developed a pretty popular logo and brand. We are open to alternate designs down the line, but currently we are sticking with what is proving to be popular.”

Can we have the interlocking “DC” return as a home/away alternate and is it possible to sell the uniforms and caps with the interlocking “DC” logo in the team store?

“We are open to alternate designs, but don’t have any current plans to change the uniforms next season. I’ll share your request for the interlocking DC logo to be made available in our stores with the retail team!”

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As I mentioned on UniWatch, I came up with some easy tweaks to the Nats uniforms a few years back. Bring back the solid blue road caps and drop the numbers on the front of the home jerseys.

As for extended Metro house:

Why won’t the Nationals pay to have Metro run late for evening games?

We’ve consistently said that as a world-class city – and the Nation’s Capital – D.C. needs to have a world-class public transportation system and that includes an extended hours schedule like every other major American city. Currently our fans contribute millions of dollars and thousands of hours a year to WMATA traveling to and from games during our 81 home games. That usage should be reflected in extended hours.

Lerner isn’t wrong that DC should have world-class public transportation but spending $29,000 on a deposit (which would be refunded by usage) would serve fans who want to know they can go to the whole game and stay home.

Even Dan Synder -DAN SNYDER! knows this

More of the same all-around.

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