Gather at Massanutten 5 Jan 2024
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
one month ago (edited one month ago)
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Bousquet19 and I are planning to ski at Massanutten on Friday, Jan 5, 2024, barring a complete melt down.  Let us know in this thread if anybody else wants to ski with us!

As of right now Massanutten still has two upper mountain advanced trails open, including Diamond Jim from the summit of the new Peak Express chair.  Hopefully, snowmaking temps return tonight and continue for a number of nights through next week.  A decent recovery from recent warm/wet weather should take place between now and the 5th.

As we get closer to the 5th we'll pick a time and meeting place at the resort for that day and post it here.

wgo
one month ago
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Jim would love to but I will be at Killington that day. Hope a bunch of you are able to get together and make some turns!
bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Thanks for posting this get-together JimK! Looks like several modest overnight snowmaking windows will open up between now and next Friday, January 5. 

A couple of my regular skiing friends from the Winchester area and I expect to get there on the 5th as the offices and lifts open so we can get some early runs. Happy to meet up wherever and whenever anyone from DCSki arrives. Will bring a few goodies to share to celebrate my first day of eligibility for Massanutten’s $19 geezer pass. 🎉  Looking forward to riding the new peak chair and skiing the new runs!

Definitely thinking snow,
Woody

marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Sorry I can't make it.  Won't be driving up for my annual week until Jan. 7.

Hopefully you'll be surprised at how much snowmaking happens between now and Jan. 5.  Starting Monday night looks like the best multi-day window to blow as much as possible.

Mnut is having a winter festival Jan. 4-8.  It's the first time for that event.  I'm sure they would love to have a blue run open from the top by the weekend.  The first non-holiday weekend of the January used to be when the ski shop in Charlottesville would set up a demo tent.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Note that the local seniors are waiting at the base of the Creekside lift around 8:45.  They often get to ride up 5-10 min early.  That means they get to load the Peak lift around 9:00.  When conditions are good on the upper mountain, they ski for a couple hours.  Otherwise they are gone after a few quick runs on the freshly groomed trails.

Have fun!

bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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marzNC wrote:

Note that the local seniors are waiting at the base of the Creekside lift around 8:45.  They often get to ride up 5-10 min early.  That means they get to load the Peak lift around 9:00.  When conditions are good on the upper mountain, they ski for a couple hours.  Otherwise they are gone after a few quick runs on the freshly groomed trails.

Have fun!

 

Sorry you can’t join us on the 5th, marzNC. Since I’ll have my pass, I’m hoping to get out to Massanutten more often than my usual 2x per year. Hope to catch up with you for some runs and some insider scoop on skiing the Nut.

And thanks for the info about seniors gathering at the Creekside lift. Will plan to get there a bit earlier when I go after the 5th.

Enjoy your skiing!

Woody

bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
one month ago (edited one month ago)
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I expect there will be a little gang of 5 or 6 of us meeting Friday morning 5Jan2024 to ski at Massanutten, VA.  I will try to get to bottom of the main lift out of the base lodge area by 9 AM +/- a few minutes.  That is, lift 4 (Creekside), it starts running for the public at 9 AM.  If we miss you there, I'll probably be skiing off lifts 5 and 6 on the upper mountain until the early afternoon.  I'll be dressed like this and will tie a red ribbon to my ski pole handle.  Should be a good day!

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Looking forward to pics.  I expect the snowguns will be firing for a bit on Friday morning.
Dafixison
one month ago
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Hope Everyone had a blast at the meet. How was the conditions? Planning to take the kids there on Sunday to take advantage of the new snow from the storm (if any)
JimK - DCSki Columnist
one month ago
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Good day at Massanutten on 5 Jan 2024.  They ran snowguns all over the mtn until almost 2PM.  Wintry day.

Mueller's Mile is almost ready to ski, wouldn't be surprised if it's open this weekend.  Hard to see, but there are dozens of snowguns running on it in this photo.

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L-R bousquet19, friend Dave, JimK

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bousquet19 cruisin' on his milestone birthday

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bousquet19 at the peak

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bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Massanutten created quite a flurry yesterday. Great to ski with JimK and friends even though the freshly made snow was piled in places and grabby in others. Grateful for the hard work by mountain ops there to make skiing possible there this season. 👍 

And I see that Mueller’s Mile has indeed opened today (Saturday January 6), as have a couple more greens on the lower mountain.

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bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago (edited one month ago)
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marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
one month ago
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Sounds like a fun day was had on Jan. 5. :-)

Snowmaking was back on by 5:00 yesterday before it got too humid and a bit too warm as the clouds moved in.

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