Starting off the New Year with some Maryland and Pennsylvania turns
January 5, 2014
Posted by on
One bonus of living in Pittsburgh is that Wisp and Seven Springs are easy day trips. This made it possible to party (a little) in town on New Years Eve, and still be riding the lifts at Wisp just after 9am on New Years Day. A truly beautiful day it was too. Deep blue skies, pleasant temperatures, a good cover of god-made and man-made snow, and crowds still in bed, are ingredients for an good day of sliding. A few fast lifts and a little more vertical would’ve been a bonus, but we made the best of what Wisp offers, and soaked up the marvelous views of Deep Creek Lake as we carved some tasty groomers.
The next day, a school day, seemed appropriate for the first trip to Seven Springs for the season. I was probably the youngest person sat in the base lodge at 8.15am, which says more about the clientele that were skiing that morning than my tender age. In the lift line with my fellow SWAPS* at 8.55am, I hopped on the 3rd chair and headed straight to the Gunnar 6 pack. And I stayed there for 5 hours, lapping the 4 runs that were open and meticulously groomed.
Gunnar was the pick, making for some fine fast turns on trails that were mostly empty until about 1pm. Skiing straight on the lift, it was 10 runs per hour pace all day long. 51 runs (!) later I headed back to the base, had a bowl of soup and monster pretzel and headed on home, where I was drinking beer by 4 – an usual but very welcome luxury to celebrate a free ski day with my Snowshoe season pass. There’s 4 more 50% off days to indulge in with that benefit too. I might try and make those school days too.
Wisp 6000m, 7 Springs 11,100m
Season Totals: 12 days, 92,500m vert
*Skiers With a Problem – Skiing