Timberline Opening Day, 11 Dec
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johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 11, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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I just called the resort and received an update. The resort opened today with 5 trails, but only 1 down from the top--Upper White Lightning (black). As of 9:30 am today, it was snowing on the mountain and the mountain expects more snow througout the day and tonight. As soon as temps hit the 20s, Timberline will resume snowmaking. They would not say if they will be able to open more terrain by Saturday, but I know from past experience that their next priority is to open Salamander, a 2.5 mile green trail from the summit and that trail demands a lot of snow. After Salamander, the priority shifts to upper Dew Drop (blue) followed by upper Almost Heaven (blue).

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MitchH
December 11, 2003
Member since 03/29/2004 🔗
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I heard that their new lift is in fact not operational because they haven't received the chairs yet. Is that true?

The weather looks hopeful for snowmaking and natural snow across the region for the next few days - possibility of a snowstorm Saturday night and Sunday.

gatkinso
December 11, 2003
Member since 01/25/2002 🔗
316 posts
It would be nice of they graded Salamaner a bit to get rid of that flat area towards the bottom...
Lietmotiv
December 11, 2003
Member since 12/31/2001 🔗
113 posts
I just called them and they expect to be making snow today around noon. According to the snow report which is fixed now they are making Salamander the priority. I hope this "storm" on sunday will help accellerate this process.

According to the website the chairs are not yet there yet.

Lietmotiv
December 11, 2003
Member since 12/31/2001 🔗
113 posts
hahaha.

Gatsinko: I thought you typed "Gladed" instead of "Graded". I almost lost it. Imagine Adding Glades to Salamander. Might as well add a triage center while your at it.

I will sorta miss those Darth Vader chairs, especially on the cold days.

(Anonymous)
December 11, 2003
On the topic of Salamander, although they didn't change the slope of the trail, I think they put in some new pipes and did some work to improve drainage over there. It should help relieve some of the undercutting of the snowpack when spring rolls around. If you haven't been there in the spring, Salamander's base tended to start to collapse from underneath in a few extra wet areas when runoff and melt increased.
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 11, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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Timberline is reporting a base depth of 24-40. That's pretty healthy given the rain.
Someone on the road in Davis just called me and reported 4 inches on the ground and we may get another 3 tonight before this snow ends. If Timberline can get Salamander and Upper Dew Drop opened by Sat., it could have be A OK this weekend. The icing on the cake is more snow for Sunday.

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canaanman
December 11, 2003
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
358 posts
I'd be happy to ride White Lightning all weekend, as long as there's fresh snow... some opening weekend powder would be very nice. And it sure won't be crowded, everybody goes to Snowshoe early-season.
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 11, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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>I'd be happy to ride White Lightning all weekend, as long as there's fresh snow...

YES! That's all I want for Christmas--just a little fresh snow at Timberline....

(Anonymous)
December 11, 2003
They opened the day after a severe rainstorm??
DC_Skier
December 11, 2003
Member since 01/2/2003 🔗
56 posts
Johnfmh, Is that base average for Timberline at this early in the season?
(Anonymous)
December 12, 2003
I just talked to my wife and she said it was snowing pretty hard up there now so it looks like they will get at least a little help from Ma Nature.
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 12, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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>I heard that their new lift is in fact not operational because they haven't received the chairs yet. Is that true?

Hey Mitch:

It's not a new lift: it's Silver Queen with new chairs. Timberline's web site reported that the new chairs have not arrived, but as far as I know, the lift itself is still functional.

johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
December 12, 2003
Member since 07/18/2001 🔗
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>Johnfmh, Is that base average for Timberline at this early in the season?

Yes, it is but is has less to do with weather and everything to do with how Timberline makes snow. Timberline puts down a bigger base on their slopes than their competitors. The resort claims they do this to protect their skier's equipment, but it's also a cost saving move (the resort is not as wealthy as some of its corporate competitors). A big initial base often spares the resort from having to re-coat slopes after thaws. This is one reason why it takes Timberline so long to open terrain. However, the flip side of the coin is that once terrain opens at Timberline, it generally stays open. If the resort can get 3 top to bottom trails open this weekend, it will be offering some of the best skiing in the region. Remember folks, these trails all cover 1,000 feet of vert. That's big for the Mid-Atlantic.

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