Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

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MICO MICO
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Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

Howdy!  Just registered and can't yet start a new topic but need beta asap.  Skiing Whiteface this Tuesday/Wednesday because of a voucher deal.  Know Gore well, but not the Face.  Wife is a BLUE skier, and not the toughest blues:  Twister, Quicksilver, Tahawas, Cloud at Gore are favorites.  Steep & icy, bad, kemosabe.

What are the Face's 3/4 easiest blues?  Easiest way down from the summit?  Too tough?  We got some bad info from couple guys at Smuggs over Prez week.  Mountain got a foot of powder, but we were directed to a wind-whipped steep, icy, summit blue on powder skis (steeper than the steepest pitch on Echo).  Wife went down and slid over 50 feet, which mentally screwed her up for the rest of the day.

Good advice much appreciated!!

Mike
Harvey Harvey
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MICO wrote
Howdy!  Just registered and can't yet start a new topic but need beta asap.
Welcome MICO. Full privileges now in place. H
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Cornhead Cornhead
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Re: Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

Welcome to the forum, plenty of blues to keep your wife happy. Easiest way down from the summit, Follies, switchback, back and forth across the fall line, Paron's more of a staight shot, still pretty mellow. Excelsior off the top of Little Whiteface, the gondola. The Wilmington Trail off the new quad is a long blue with nice views and a few nice drops along the way, have fun, hopefully the view from the parking lot won't freak her out, it is impressive, and a tad intimidating. Whiteface is unique among East Coast mountains, nothing else quite like it, enjoy!
MICO MICO
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Re: Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

Thanks!  Just the type of info I need.
baitman5238 baitman5238
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Before taking your meaningful person on th Wilmington Trail, I'd look at highpeaksdrifters post on 1/3/11.  I think it's in the right zip code, and you could take a run down before deciding. Harvey - met you and Neve on Moxham on the Gondi-wind hold day and it was a pleasure.  Your blog rocks and is a daily must read.  Hope to see you again!
MICO MICO
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Many thanks Baitman!  Wilmington Trail is out of contention for sure:

"That said another thing I think is uniquely cool about the Wilmington trail is that it would be a black at just about any other ski area in the East."

"My wife is a solid blue skier and I would never bring her down Wilmington unless conditions were perfect. In addition to all mentioned above, the trail has some visually intimidating sections with a rock wall on the skiers right and a sheer drop marked only with a rope on the skiers left. The open views compound the steeper sections making them seem steeper than they might be."

Expert skiers lose sight of what is intimidating (horrifying) to a BLUE skier.  Skiing this trail with the wife woulda been a HUGE mistake, and I truly appreciate the advice you offered!!!

Mike
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I checked the WF conditions report, they listed the Wilmington Trail as open and groomed, I would think a low intermediate would have no trouble skiing it under these conditions. If it were icy, or if the skier can't ski bumps, and it bumps up, the steeper sections could be challenging, but I hardly think any part of the trail warrants a black rating. Take a run down it yourself, and see what you think. Should be a piece of cake for almost anyone freshly groomed. I think it's a great intermediate trail, great views too, and it is friggin long. The only problem skiing it, is it forces you to return to the base.
MICO MICO
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Yeah, thanks.  I'm gonna ski it, no prob there.  But after reading the HPD post and the following comments, no way good choice for wife.  I also viewed a 6 minute U-Tube vid.  She'd wig.  Too much exposure in one or two places.
ScottyJack ScottyJack
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Re: Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

Wilmington - if groomed - will be a fun/safe ride on Wednesday.  Especially right around 10:45 - 11:15 - perfect sun.

nice warm up would be facelift to Easy Street

 
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Re: Need Whiteface Beta for 4/2 - 4/3/13

I skied the Wilmington Trail as a low intermediate skier when I was just getting into downhill a couple years ago.  Just about this time of year, soft spring conditions.  I have to say that there were sections of the Wilmington Trail that really wigged me out, even in soft snow.  There was one section I had quite a time getting down.  I think you're wise to keep your wife off it for now.  The only other blue I recall having a tough time with on that weekend was Victoria, due to the moguls.  Everything else was pretty fair game for me.  
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