Hanging with the masses at Wintergreen
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GRK
January 27, 2009
Member since 12/19/2007 🔗
404 posts
Went for my normal Sunday afternoon season pass holder stint at Wintergreen. Here is the lowdown:

Crowds were ginormous and parking was a bit of an adventure.

Check out this pic of the Quad over on Big Acorn...that was about a 15 minute wait. The Blue Ridge Express 6-Pack looked even worse so I avoided it all day and took the Triple lift when I needed to go back up top.

http://flickr.com/photos/nygrk/3232128417/

Here is the interesting thing though...that's Sunrise with Big Acorn in the background...what do you see? One person? Now look at these pics of Tyro and Big Acorn from above.

http://flickr.com/photos/nygrk/3232977486/

http://flickr.com/photos/nygrk/3232977688/

WTH is everyone? They were on Dobie, Diamond, Eagles Swoop and the cross trails. Everything else was manageable I thought. Having all the terrain open made a huge difference.

Highlands was the same with almost no lift lines.

As for the snow, it must have started off pretty nice but of course by the time I got there several trails were degraded. Besides the above mentioned, Tyro had been ground down as if by a Zamboni right down the center. The sides were okay but I need more room than that!

However, Big Acorn stayed very nice all day thanks to constant snow making.

Here is a rare clip of Junior Ski Partner on Big Acorn:

http://vimeo.com/2988141

Now heres what Lower Eagles Swoop and the line at the quad look like on a weekday:

http://vimeo.com/2988160

PS: Patrol was out in force on Sunday which was good. If you look hard through the snow you can see what looks like a conga line coming down the hill at him.

http://flickr.com/photos/nygrk/3232977270/

Can anyone tell me how to make Flickr images display without the links? I tried Picasa on my own website and that does not work either.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
January 27, 2009
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
3,107 posts
GRK,
Enjoyed video of daughter skiing....way to go, girl!
As for video, Skier219 appears to be DCSki's video expert. You might want to send him a PM.
The Colonel smile
TRJ
January 28, 2009
Member since 01/18/2009 🔗
5 posts
Nice report Glenn. We skied WTG on Monday thinking we were going to enjoy the place to ourself. Not hardly. Upon arriving we noticed a tremendous amount of kids. Little did we know many public schools had off Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, The Highlands had a delayed opening, and we were forced to ski the Big Acorn lift. The line was not unbearable, but still a 10-15 minute wait. As you reported, Big Acorn was deserted, which allowed us to get some fast untracked runs early on. Just like you said, Tyro had some icy spots, and was full of kids. Once Highlands opened we spent the rest of the day over there. Never waited more than 5 minutes to get back to the top. When it was time to head home however, we waited 20 minutes on the Blue Ridge Express.

This was my first time skiing WTG in about 15 years (age 10). Always skiing T-Line and Snowshoe, I was pleasantly surprised with the Highlands, and the quality of the snow. I would say it is well worth the 3 hr drive from Hampton Roads. I will be heading back this Sunday with my girlfriend to ski two days. I am hoping the crowd thins out Sunday afternoon and Monday we can own the place.
Ullr
January 28, 2009
Member since 11/27/2004 🔗
531 posts
Nice report. Chesterfield schools were off on Monday, so we picked this week for our family vacation. Monday was at Waterville Valley and it was empty! No pics cause it was too cold. Must just be a teacher workday for VA?
GRK
January 28, 2009
Member since 12/19/2007 🔗
404 posts
Thanks Ullr.

TRJ...Henrico county has a school holiday this coming Monday. Just thought you might want to know. Either way have fun.

GRK
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
January 28, 2009
Member since 12/10/2008 🔗
2,464 posts
Thanks for the report. Hope to meet up again. I'd really like to check out Big Acorn and Tyro. I think Marz Jr will like them.
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