The promise of late April snow in Dixie - a dyed in the wool New Yawkah - an unlikely confluence on Apr. 24, 2005. Dan Barron, the Teleyank, was lured from the creature comforts of his digs in Manhattan for a long drive through the wilds of PA, western MD and finally into the land where
Mountaineers are Always Free, West by God Virginia, a long way indeed from Riverside Drive on the upper west side. We met at a motel on I-68 on Sat. evening, shared a few libations and stories and awoke on Sun. morning to see a thin coating of new snow outside. Dan, the early riser, made a quick trip to his car and came back excited by a Temp. of 24 F and snow falling sideways. After a conservative 2 hr, drive we arrived at our goal, arranged packs and started climbing. The surface was 4" of new light powder over an old manmade glacier, frozen in suncups in the 3 weeks since the lifts closed. We were greeted at the top by this view of the valley.http://www.biglines.com/photos/blpic39407.jpg
Several of the choices were blown off but White Lightning looked good. Here is is from just above the headwall.http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=39408
Dan sprays some powder in late April,http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=39409
Denis follows suit,http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=39410
To the rest of you who never got to WV this year; eat your hearts out.
See you next year,http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=39411
And here is Dan's version, a great job of writing in my opinion.http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0504d&L=skivt-l&D=1&O=D&F=&S=&P=11127