Snowy Luau at Timberline was the best ski experience I had this year. I met and skied with a number of DCSkiers, much better than skiing alone as I have for my previous 13 days of skiing since mid-January. And the "big boys" from DCSki pushed me to what I believe was the best and most adventuresome skiing I have done all year...glades, bumps, NASTAR (bronze, new skis not quite as fast as Volant PowerKarves, or am I just getting a bit "less young"), whales, powder, cut up snow, hard pack, fast, slow, etc. I enjoyed every minute of it! I skied with Jimmy, Clay, Kwillg6, and SkiBumMSP, met Denis and the lovely Ms Jimmy. Conversed with DCSki folks at the TL Base Lodge and at Canaan Lodge hotel. The atmosphere for the weekend was electric with fresh snow, lots of fun events both on and off the slopes, challenging terrain, etc. I actually skied (as opposed to survived) the Drop on Sunday and made it down in one piece despite a large number of water mammals trying to swallow me whole. The trip out on Friday was remarkably uneventful despite the constant snowfall (both the VA and WV road crews did a great job keeping the road clear). Had a close encounter with a senior law enforcement officer in Moorefield, but he only issued me a warning for a "moving stop" coming out of the Wal-Mart lot. Trip home Sunday evening was also in a heavy flurry between Moorefield and Wardensville. Brad, where exactly do you live? You mention the Lost River and the attempt to place a dam on your property. By the way, I found the Lost River (three times, each way). Back to the Snowy Luau...insane that the bonfire was delayed over an hour since two cars parked within several feet of the obvious pile of wood, and guess the Hawaiian drummers were not too keen on playing and having their instruments in a blizzard. Enjoyed hearing whistles and remarks from the ladies in the audience for the Hawaiian show, after some of the males in the audience whistled and called out to the hula girls...oh, did I mention that the hula girls were followed by about 10 Hawaiian male dancers?! Fireworks always lovely over the snowscape. And the Lava Flow (aka Torch Parade) was the best I have ever seen, probably because of the large number of participants, carrying two torches, spread out for quite a distance on the mountain. Was especially lovely on the lower part of the mountain, with the lava snaking over several slopes simultaneously before joining again at the bottom in front of the lodge. To all I met and skied with, thanks. To those I missed skiing with, Denis, etc., NEXT TIME for sure!
Here are pictures showing some of the fun. ENJOY and I hope to see more DCSkiers next year.
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