I went ahead and made the 2-hour drive down to Wintergreen this morning, as I was still jonesing to make some turns. Woke up to a blue-bird day, but friggan very warm. It had to of been pushing the bottom-side of 80 degrees today out on the slopes. The slopes themselves really took a beating over the past few days due to the warmth and the bit of rain that moved through the area. Upper Wild-Turkey and Outer Limits was shot, which meant no bumps. So was lower cliff-hanger and devil's elbow. Thus, to ski down the high-land's side, you had to take Upper cliffhanger, than go across down lower Turkey. Logger's Alley gave out today as well, thus it was blocked off. On the central part of the moutain, Diamond Hill was gone. So was Potato Patch, thus you had to walk over to get to the "A-side" of the mountain. The terrain park was barely holding on. On the A-side, Acorn was gone. Alas, they were looking a bit more Green than Winter by the end of today's skiing!
However, what there was left was holding up pretty good, especially upper cliff-hanger and Sunrise. Upper Cliff-hanger was a blast to ski. To be honest, I actually enjoy skiing in this soft snow like this. Lot of fun to carve turns through it, plus it was getting pushed up around, thus creating all these "mini-moguls".
Of course, the most interesting aspect of the day was the pond-skim! I did not try it for the simple fact that I did not want to risk messing up my still fairly new high-end custom fitted boots by getting them wet in the pond, otherwise, I was very tempted. I should've taken my old boots. As warm as it was, it would've actually been pretty nice, perhaps even "purposely" wipe-out for an excuse to take a swim! However, it was pretty funny watching other do it, and there was quite a group that opt to do it. But than again, considering how warm it was, I don't blame them.
Overall, it was a really fun and interesting day at Wintergreen and glad I got to get these last few turns in down there. Alas, with much sorrow and sadness, this marks the end of skiing in Virginia for the season.
Unfortunatly, with the warmth (and it is supposed to get pretty darn warm this week - for example - friggan 85
on Tuesday, there would be now way in hell they would be able to last another weekend. They barely made it through this weekend! At least the season ended on a good note!
I am still hoping to be able to come up to T-line for this next weekend. I'll have to keep an eye on what the conditions and weather will be like by then, but I'll have to be prepared to accept that these turns I made today may have very well been my last until December when the next season will hopefully begin.
Hopefully, I'll get to meet up with some of you at T-line this weekend, otherwise, it has been an awesome ride and looking forward to next season! After all, I was still stoked about last weekend! Hard to believe that just a mere week ago, I was skiing in 12 inches of freshies with the temps barely making it in the 20's and windchill in the singles, and now it was friggan 80 degrees! Going from Summer to Winter to Summer again in the span of two weeks! Gotta love mid-Atlantic skiing!