Got an epic trip to Whiteface coming up this weekend. It’s also the type of trip where the shenanigans will be going unreported. However, I will do my best to remember the on-mountain conditions and experience and relay that the best I can, considering Whiteface is typically somewhere people tend to want to know about. I’m banking on it being fantastic. In honor of this trip, I’ve decided it’s about damn time I got around to putting a little bit down about my first 3 trips of the season.
This trip was in mid-December, and I was thoroughly impressed with the conditions. The snow was extremely well tended, and the trails weren’t icy at all. They open up the easier trails first, opposite of what most places do, and that was great for Dayna, who’s still learning to ride. However, they also had enough trails open to satisfy the rest of the crew while Dayna got the feel of riding back. Great conditions for early season, but unfortunately, Day 2 was rained out.
I’ve avoided the Poconos as much as possible the past couple years, especially since I was living in Vermont, but my return wasn’t as bad as I expected. It was still relatively early in the season, and the lift lines weren’t as bad as I remember them. The trails were icy, but the sides were stacked with the soft stuff. By the end of the day, everything had been moved over to the sides, and it was good riding over there. They had a varied amount of terrain open, and I occupied myself with random hits along the sides of trails while Dayna stuck to the middle and really started to get the hang of carving. By the end of the day she had moved up to harder terrain – nothing better than seeing someone progress.
This was my first trip to Mountain Creek, and my first day as a total Rome fanboy. I didn’t really get a great first impression, but I blame the conditions more than the mountain, though – 50 degrees and misting in January doesn’t make for the best time on the slopes. It was also a very hung over trip on New Year’s Day, so that played a role. I did get a chance to ride a variety of trails thanks to Dayna’s progression, and the terrain was better than I expected (which, admittedly, wasn’t much). However, I do want to give it another shot in better conditions, as I do see some potential. Now that my DC MLF came in, I’ll have to head to the park with it and see what Mountain Creek has to offer. Still have yet to get in the park this year, but I’m okay with that. A lot of people I ride with have season passes to Creek, and the more I reflect on the trip, the more I’m looking forward to getting back up there.
Overall, not a bad start to the season, but I have a feeling Whiteface is going to blow these trips away. Super stoked.