Madeline and I just returned form another weekend at our new favorite spring skiing destination... We skied T-line saturday and CV sunday. A detailed review follows.. The short wrap up: Excellent snow conditiosn both palces. Every square foot of terrain is skiable at each place. Call in sick tomorrow. Serioously, do it--this means you John Sherwood.
The Snow at T-Line was even better than last weekend. It look like they had recieved a few inches of snow almost every day this past week. The drop was better coverd this weekend. I got into the glades at a few places, like off of the drop and in some of the marked glades. Every square foot of the mountian was skiable and there was no "shady cover" at all.
Sunday, I got my first try at Cannan Valley. The snow was sweet as 4 more inches fell during the night. Madeline and I skied the whole mountain except timber trail. The meadows were sweet and there was plenty of untracked all day. On my last run I found the glades off of meadow 3 where looked to be in good shape.. too bad I didn't get in there in time.
The meadows are probably the best trails on the mountain. Gravity is nice too. The nastar course had the best snow of the groomers. Another out of the way trail called weis's chute or some such was also a favorite. Its right next to the lower section of the park... Its short and there is just enough room for about 5 hop turns on a double fall line through the soft snow. It holds snow well and gets plenty of windpack. Deffiantly a unique challenge at this "easy" mountain.
Someone mentioned DSOTM as a favorite trail... This is a black diamond right? IMO the trail is way too flat to be a black or to leave as a powder run... It really should be groomed but if they groomed it it would be a green so ... yeah its ass. There are a couple of nice sectiosn where you can link maybe 5 turns through powder before straight lining yet another flat section. The its bad when you have to hike up the 2-3 little hills in the middle of a down hill trail through 12 inches of untracked. The meadows have the same problem of an uphill traverse, however the slopes themselves have room for more linked turns so its more worth it. And they don't suffer from the worst feature of DSOTM... the lack of a lift back to the top...
Perhaps this is the time to mention a more fundamental probelem with Cannan... trail lay out. I guess it sbecuse its a state run place but I doubt the trail lay out was "designed" in any serious way. After taking DSOTM down to what I will call the "back side" of the mountain your only lift option is to take the short beginnner lift up about 200 vertical before traversing back to the "front side" where you can take the lift back to the summit. This I consider to be one long traverse both the DSOTM trail and the lift ride. And every single trail is accessed by a traverse since when you get off the main quad (the only open lift to the top) you are put immeditely into a traverse to skiers left and from there more traverses probably will await... and then once at the bottom you have to travers back to the lift. I think I spent one minute of traverse for every minute of down hill time all day.
Cannan has a distinctly more resort like feel than T-line. This is a good thing. The resort its self is more well developed than T-Line. They have parking attendants to ge the case lined up in an efficient manner.. nicer lodges, clean bathrooms, and much better food service... T-Line is a nice ski hill with a shanty town and condos at the bottom. Cannan at least makes a valid attempt to be a real resort with minimum amenities.
The biggest complaint was the massive lift stopages at Cannan... Sometimes the left stoppped 5 or more times durning one trip up... Its ridiculous... You spend more time waiting on the lift some numb nuts to put his skis back on than you do riding the moving lift. This began at 10AM and increased throughout the day. Ugh...
The coverage was awesome at CV too. I poked arround in some trees off to skiers right of gravity. There were opened patches and nice deep snow but there was alot of undergrowth. That hill could benefit from some pruning.
I might come back soemtime when the meadows are open as they are sweet and worth the hassle of getting to... Other than that... I will probably not be coming back. The lift situation and the traverses are just too annoying.