Late April skiing at Timberline
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Denis - DCSki Supporter
April 26, 2005
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
2,227 posts
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
jimboc
April 26, 2005
Member since 03/30/2004 🔗
260 posts
that is great stuff!!
jimmy
April 26, 2005
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
2,650 posts
"With each broad valley, winter's retreat takes a fiercer last stand." Telemark Dan

Denis, I've been curious lately about the "Why" of telemark..these pictures and trip report gotta be part of the answer.

Thanks
SCWVA
April 26, 2005
Member since 07/13/2004 🔗
1,051 posts
Denis,

Great pictures. As I stated before when you got your picture in the newspaper at MRG. "Your da Man"

I thought about going up to the valley on Monday, but work got in the way. On Sunday, I told my daughter who is 8 1/2 years old that T-line was going to get a foot of fresh. She said lets go. I told her that the lifts weren't running and that she'd have to hike to the top. She stated "I don't care, lets go" What a great attitude huh! She takes after her mother.
Denis - DCSki Supporter
April 26, 2005
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
2,227 posts
SCWVA,

Your daughter was right. They got an official 10" by the time it stopped snowing yesterday morning. Chip posted a short video of the skiing on his Whitegrass page today.
http://www.whitegrass.com/downloads/lateaprilslopexc.MPG
SCWVA
April 27, 2005
Member since 07/13/2004 🔗
1,051 posts
Shhh, Don't tell her that. I missed out.

I need to buy some AT gear to take advantage of days like this past Sunday/Monday.
WP_Employee
May 1, 2005
Member since 03/7/2004 🔗
83 posts
I just took a job in Manhattan...

is it really worth the drive ALL the way back down to Timberline?

Good story!
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