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On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:17 pm
by davidski
When I say starting at Canaan, I only mean in the valley in general, Whitegrass, CVR, and Timberline. I haven't done an old school trip report for a long time, so why not?

The storm patterns have sucked lately for folks who like to ski in the trees, you know who you are. I will drive 6-7 hours IF Canaan Valley Snow is showing 12 inches and if Whitegrass is reporting 16' or more at 4000 ft. Chip and Dave are honest reporters. Everything was set today and I checked in to my motel and put the skins on my skis, jumped back in the car and was at Whitegrass at 530ish. Sking down in the dark was a pleasure, I know that place really well.


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being back in Davis is good




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Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:55 am
by davidski
also pleased with the fact that I skinned the 630 ft vert from lodge to roundtop in just over 30 minutes which is a blistering pace for me

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:27 pm
by marzski
Looking forward to more pics!

I made it to Timberline on Jan. 21. Was with a teen who can ski trees. We had a ball finding untracked in the Glades. Hoping to get back there in late Feb.

Flying to Denver tomorrow. Mostly skiing around Dillong but also spending 3 days skiing Wolf Creek. Will get there soon after the big storm on Wed night. :-)

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:36 pm
by killglobalwarmingnow
Glad you took the time to post a TR, hope the rest of the trip went well!

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:02 am
by Old Fart
Nice TR David! Need to get back up Davis way sometime soon myself.

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:53 pm
by davidski
well... the reason that the TR got cut short is my trip got cut short, indeed apparently my season is done. Those pics were Feb. 1 and that night I had some noticeable leg and back pain which I had actually noticed slightly the night before I left NC.

Next morning, my birthday, snow depth at Canaan was built even further to 18-20 in. I was hurting but rose to the occasion. Pain was acceptable when on skis, intolerable moving around otherwise. No sleep that night, and I drove six hours the next day straight to ortho urgent care in Durham,

Since then, prednisone, MRI, epidural steroid injection which had little effect. So back surgery is next.

Anyway I got some good turns that day

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what I call Darkside trees had barely been touched

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the drive home reflected my mental state


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Farewell ski season 20-21, I barely knew you

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:19 am
by Old Fart
Say it ain't so. That's terrible news, David.
Godspeed and best wishes to a full, speedy recovery.

Re: On a Roadtrip starting at Canaan

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:33 pm
by pagamony
Dave - what a bittersweet story. Really good you made it home upright. Nice shots of the meadows and downtown. No snow in town when we were there. We’ll ski next year. See you soon bud.