The ski season continues, and I’ve only made it to the slopes once.
I would rather have been at the slopes yesterday morning, instead of taking my Nissan Pathfinder in for its 15,000 mile checkup. Waiting for the checkup wasn’t so bad, as it gave me a chance to whip out my PowerBook and work on updating DCSki, but what followed was one of those things you hear about happening to other people, or see happen in movies.
The dealership rotated my tires. They just forgot to tighten one of the tires when they were done.
Which I discovered shortly after driving away from the dealership.
Thankfully, the discovery was made before too much damage was done -; and before I ventured onto I-95. But it really didn’t brighten my day, although it could have been far, far worse.
Apparently, this type of mishap can really happen.
I intend to impart valuable advice in my new “Scott’s Corner” column. So here is today’s advice: when you have your tires rotated, make sure the mechanic actually screws the tires back on.
After I finish writing this column, I’m going to make sure new oil was actually added during the oil change.
(Sadly, I’m not kidding. If anyone knows a good Nissan dealer, please let me know!)
But enough moaning. I’ll be skiing soon enough -; in Colorado, no less, as I embark on a road trip across the country in the coming weeks.
But one needn’t travel to Colorado to find good conditions, as slope conditions throughout the Mid-Atlantic remain in prime form.
Nancy Zeigler from Bear Creek Ski & Recreation Area checked in with an update on the launch of the season. The Pennsylvania resort, located near Philadelphia, captured its earliest opening date ever by opening on Dec. 9. The resort had all trails open within the first week. Bear Creek spent $2.5 million on improvements over the past year, adding 2 new trails, additional snowmaking equipment, a newly expanded tubing park, and an improved halfpipe. Nancy reports that the resort is receiving many positive comments from enthusiastic visitors and that, so far, the season has been Bear Creek’s best ever.
Over 7 feet of snow have fallen at Snowshoe this season. Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort saw its season snowfall increase to 88 inches after receiving 25 inches from the recent storm. Snowshoe is 100% open, and its snowshoe and cross-country trails are also open for Nordic fans.
“Mother Nature is currently vacationing at Snowshoe Mountain,” said the resort’s Loryn Kasten.
“This is definitely a powder day,” said Chuck Trader, Managing Director of Canaan Valley Resort, on Tuesday after the resort had received over a foot of snow in a 24-hour period. 29 trails were open on Tuesday morning, with more expected to come on-line during the week.
“We even opened Dark Side of the Moon, an expert trail only open under natural conditions,” Trader added.
This weekend should be pretty good for skiing, with sunny skies and temperatures staying below freezing.
Former Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre will be on the slopes of West Virginia’s Timberline Resort this weekend, participating in the Wendy’s Race Ski Family Challenge. Proceeds from the two-person, family team format dual race will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Campaign. Registration for the race begins on Friday, January 10. For more information, visit Timberline’s web site.
Just remember, before you drive to your favorite resort, make sure your wheels are firmly attached to your vehicle, with skis and boards firmly attached to the roof rack.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.