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Ski/ Snowboard mountains close-ish to DC - December 30, 2012, 08:25 PM

There's been some talk lately about Wisp, 7 Springs, Snowshoe, etc.. here are my quick & dirty reviews of the local-ish places.

Wisp: Was my favorite place to take someone else to. They have cheap tickets, a cool vibe, never seemed to get crazy crowded. If you're an advanced skiier/ boarder, you won't find anything challenging on this mountain, but it will be a good day anyways.

Timberline: They haz trees. And drops. And other goodies. If you like exploring, go here. If you prefer to stay on the trails, go somewhere else. They have a fun trail or two, that's it for the marked shit. No real lodge to speak of, but I like it that way. Super chill, laid back vibe.

Whitetail: If you're going on a weekday, it's a fun & close trip. It's a small hill, terrain similar-ish to what Wisp has to offer, but even smaller.. and gets more people on the weekend. They actually have one good bump trail here (usually.) Bumps kick my ass, that's why I like [hate] them.

Snowshoe: I don't have many good things to say about there. Expensive, yuppie-ville.. it's a decent sized hill, by far the largest in the mid-atlantic, but I was disappointed by their terrain.. or lack thereof. They made this place to be family friendly, so I guess it's at least that.. but I'd still rather take my kid to Wisp.
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December 30, 2012, 09:23 PM

Snowshoe has had the biggest park (s) in that area for the last decade. and a shart load of terrain

negatives: no cell phones and you have to drive to the top


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December 30, 2012, 10:03 PM

Anybody speak to the others nearby?

Seven Springs
Hidden Valley
Canaan
Massanutten
Bryce
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December 30, 2012, 11:33 PM

there are plenty others a little bit farther north, about the same distance as others.

camelback (pretty good, but a lot of advertisement so can get crowded)

jack frost (a favorite of mine, only thing they close at 4pm, but pass is good for big boulder which opens at 3pm, sucks that they don't offer just a morning pass just all day)

big boulder (snowboard park mostly, opens at 3pm i think its only $35 for a pass since its part of jack frost your day pass from there is good here too)

sno mountain (anther favorite of mine has decent trails, just hope they get there financial issues taken care of as it is starting to reflect how the mountain is run) was just there friday.

elk mountain (its elk mountain, wed its $20 all day pass, still fun)

blue mountain (average, but they have a foam pit to practice on the kicker)

blue knob (another favorite, its hole in the wall dive of a ski resort, but can't complain low crowds, low prices, and they usually get snow on a regular. be prepared no pads on the lifts just bare metal so no grip and cold ass on slow days)


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December 30, 2012, 11:37 PM

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Anybody speak to the others nearby?

Seven Springs (vacationy, and right next to hidden valley)
Hidden Valley (banks on people staying at seven springs resorts that don't want to deal with the crowds as its right next to seven springs)
Canaan (never bin)
Massanutten (never bin)
Bryce (very small, like 8 trails i think)
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December 31, 2012, 05:20 AM

I haven't been for a season or two but...

Massanutten- smaller, but usually less crowded. Lots of JMU folks there for obvious reasons. One of the first places to get their park up each season as it's dirt based, but it also doesn't change that much for the same reason.

Wintergreen

god awful crowds. I wouldn't even bother on weekends\holidays. Bigger than Massanutten, smaller than Snowshoe. Park is actually not too bad since they started figuring out how to make smoother lips.

I wish we could start getting some snow already. I wouldn't mind going up a time or two this season.
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Which one has the longest trail? I don't go very often, but I remember one of the PA hills has a really long beginner. I'm taking my wife and brother-in-law snowboarding this upcoming month. They need to take the class and learn how. I might slink away to an intermediate trail later in the day, but I want a good beginner trail for them.

Some I've seen have one crap beginner trail, and then you're thrown to the wolves with the next step up.
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I went to seven springs this past weekend. lines for the lift were long but the powder more than made up for it. it was busy but fun. heard snowshoe got a crap ton of snow also.


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Welcome to DCSki is a pretty good site for info on all the resorts
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Which one has the longest trail? I don't go very often, but I remember one of the PA hills has a really long beginner. I'm taking my wife and brother-in-law snowboarding this upcoming month. They need to take the class and learn how. I might slink away to an intermediate trail later in the day, but I want a good beginner trail for them.

Some I've seen have one crap beginner trail, and then you're thrown to the wolves with the next step up.
Timberline has the longest run at 2+ miles (salamander) it is nice and mellow as well.
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December 31, 2012, 08:23 AM

How is Wisp for snowboarding newbs? My girl and I are looking to make a trip there in January.


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December 31, 2012, 08:24 AM

7 springs hands down.. within 3 hours of fairfax.. best parks.. best park crew.. they know how to setup their shit.


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December 31, 2012, 08:51 AM

Seven springs is also my favorite. Pretty good size, usually good snow, if you head to the 'north face' (back side) it's usually far less crowded and a lot more open. They also have night skiing/riding, so if you're a first chair to last run type of person, it's generally a pretty good bang for your buck.

Lunch rooms are insanely busy mid-day, but the bars are usually pretty good at night once all the families leave the mountain.




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How is Wisp for snowboarding newbs? My girl and I are looking to make a trip there in January.
Hey Korey, heading there now, let you know how it goes.










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