piusthedrcarve

Whitetail / Liberty 2016-17

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It's the time again folks,

Whitetail & Liberty are finally opened today and season begins.   I wasn't able to go today but probably early next week I will.

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Please share here if you are gonna ride so that we can ride together. 

I will be going up to WT with kids on every Thursday night in Jan. and early Feb.  I plan to visit Liberty also this season.

As always, I have few boards and bindings that I can bring with me. So hit me if you want to try out something new (Dave!!  shorter board!!) or want to learn.

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I will start the season on Thursday (1/22) at Liberty.

I plan to be there before 9 and will stay til 4 or 5 pm and plan to bring a rock board. 

Although it is midweek, If anyone can join, that would be awesome.

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12/22 

I packed and left home early in the morning to Liberty. While I was on a call at wheels, I noticed I was alreay at Clear Spring exit. so rode at WT instead. 

It was 36'F when I got there. Snow was soft but not many people were there  Snowpark, Fanciful, Exhibition were opened so crowd could distribute  Breeze helped to take moisture out. Grooming was terrible but ridge between groom was not considerable due to soft condition.  Photo is from Exhibition  I noticed my 7 yrs old got face planted  

Fun day I had with kids. Rode till 6 pm. Pushed more than my comfort zone and had few wipe-outs. I got more than enuff exercise.  It was good first day of the season. 

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Heading up on Monday 12/26. Unfortunately no alpine/carving gear after years in the desert. If anyone wants to help out and get me back on plates I will be very appreciative.

Tyler@Whidby.org

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piusthedrcarve, that would be awesome. Don't think we will get a chance before Monday to meet but I will definitely be in touch. 

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tyinusn,  Have you gone up on Monday?  With recent warm weather, I will probably go up first week of January, if they make some snow. I saw pipe under Limelight was malfunctioning last time. It may takes a while to have snow on Limelight and Snow Dancer.  Let me know the condition if you were there on Monday. Cheer.  

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Pics from Monday 12/26. What had snow on it was good but only about 40% of the mountain  Will be going back on Friday afternoon/evening but will be on the bunny slope with my daughter.

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1/8/2017

NC and Southern VA got almost a foot of snow but us? <1".  But at least, it has been cold enough to make our resorts blast snow guns for last few days.  

I went up Liberty for night riding.  They must had a lot of people today.  Most of blue/black trails were tracked and became bumps pretty much. But snow was squeaky good so It was enjoyable.  Snow guns were blasting on Sidewinder, the trail goes thru most of black/blue trails on backside, and most of mogul (knee high) runs. My favorite, White Lighting were not opened yet so stayed mostly in backside.  A lot of labs on Heavenly, Lower Ultra, Witney's way.    Since it was last minute decision, I just grabbed a board that has bindings already installed and went, without much thinking. It happened to be Pogo which shines at high speed.  Around 9, I was able to unleash the beast and was surprised how smooth it rides on the given condition.  Too cold to pull out phone to take photos   :)

Next one will be coming Thursday night at WT.   

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WT has been blowing snow like mad.  Very good conditions on Sunday with dry and powdery snow over the groomed pack.  Monday is looking even better with 2 more runs opening and more snow from 24 hours of frigid conditions.  There was one hardbooter in an orange parka but I wasn't able to catch him during the day.

I will be on the mountain all day Monday, Wed, and Thursday this week if anyone gets up I would like to talk carving.

 

Tyler

540- eight five oh - 6391

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I was at Snowshoe last week and the snow was awesome.  A nice layer of pow over the hard-pack and it even piled up in places.  it was only my 3rd time on hard boots and I really felt my carves starting to take shape.

I am originally from NC but I recently moved to Baltimore.  I would like to try riding at WT or Liberty sometime this season.  Please let me know if anyone plans on a late January weekend trip. I'd like to meet some fellow riders and hopefully progress!

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Welcome!

It's not that different from NC here.  Probably 99.99% of men-snow with less than a minute to ride from top to bottom.

yeah, I will post here when I go up.  Others will do that too. (hope) and expect you to do the same thing so that we can ride together.

BTW, I'm going up tonight, while Temp. hits 65'F. 

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01/12/17

Just came back from WT. I rode from 5:30 to 9:30. Half hour break to check on kids. Other than that, rode continuously and hard.

When I got there, it was 65'F and started to rain from 8. I assumed it's going to be slush but instead, it 3 layers: ice below, 1/2" loose granular on top of it, and melted water & rain on top of it. As I said, I rode hard but only able to make little over 1/2" pencil line. When it started to rain, it got faster and scared me few times. Few yellow spots were shown and became frozen on pretty much every trails. I still don't know the snow condition at +60 degree. 

Snow Park:

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Limelight:

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Exhibition:

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Around 8:40, I rode Limelight with my daughter.  I showed her how to ride on icy condition. I tried to finish each turn to take speed off.  At about 1/3 from the top, toe side edge didn't let go.   I think I didn't commit fully for next heelside turn and hesitated.  I went off the trail and ended up few tumbles into the mud and rocks.  Luckily, I was able to walk out in one piece but took some hard hit on my back and side.  Totally covered with mud.  When I got down, ski patrols approached and told me they sent Toboggan down.  Someone from chair must have seen the crash and reported to patrol.  Oh well.  at least, my daughter learned valuable lesson.  I cleaned off muds and checked board and bindings.  They were fine.  So I took easy on next few runs on SnowPark and Sidewinder with kids until 9:30 and called it.  

Hope body heels up before next Thursday. 

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