Ending the season in the Mid-Atlantic
March 30, 2014
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A late March Sunday at Seven Springs was a fair bit colder than expected, with a strong cold northerly keeping the well-covered groomers firm all day. The first two hours were shreddingly good fun, with almost no people to ride the Gunnar chair with. A few more folks turned up mid morning, but as the roid got scraped off, it all became a bit solid as the firm icy slabs beneath were exposed. By 12.35pm, I was heading to the car and back to Pittsburgh. It wasn’t going to get any better.
The official closing weekend at Snowshoe was one of stark contrasts. The forecast Noah-like storm held off on Saturday, and the skiing was actually really quite good on a soft, if damp, Spring cover. The deluge of Biblical proportions, minus Russell Crowe (he’s busy filming in Pittsburgh right now), finally arrived about 2pm, which was late enough for us to get in 30+ runs without getting too soggy.
The storm changed from rain to blizzard sometime during the night. 4 inches had fallen by the time the time the lifts opened, and this actually meant virtually zero in wind-exposed areas, and 8 inches where the blowing snow was settling. The front side skiing was excellent, with light pow everywhere, and the wind filling tracks after every run. The west side was a little more exposed, the wind howling up the runs and depositing snow in various select areas. It was mid-winter cold, with a 30-40mph wind and face-blasting snow all day. Quite a day to end the official season on. Snowshoe will open for a bonus next weekend. Shame it won’t be open tomorrow as it would be primo.
Seven Springs 8400m, Snowshoe 8100m, 6700m vert
Season Totals: 50 days, 413,100m vert
7 powder days