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Skiing in Canaan Valley and Timberline

Last weekend Elwing and i went skiing at Canaan Valley and Timberline. Overall we had a great time.

Elwing has an aunt who lives out in West Virginia. Lodging and a few meals where greatly appreciated. Their dog Hoss is afraid of strangers, but otherwise is a cute min-pin.

I brought my grandfather's old Rossignol skis. At 180cm they're a bit long for me, but they handled alright. They're straight skis so turning is harder than with shaped skis, but paralleling is easier. I bought boots last year, and i found this year that they are very uncomfortable and a real pain in the butt to get on.

We skied Canaan Valley on Saturday and Timberline on Sunday. Both mountains had several trails closed, which was a big let down. Timberline had a few double black diamonds. I skipped the ones going through trees, but did The Drop and Off the Wall. Both were exhilarating.

The condition of the snow was moderate. You could tell there was a solid layer of ice under a couple inches of snow.

On Saturday the weather was warm, but on Sunday we froze our butts off.

I was really disappointed at the lodges. Both were small and ugly. I like to see large open areas with giant fireplaces in the middle. The selection of food in Timberline was terrible — like a high school cafeteria — and you can't bring your own food.

I probably won't return to these mountains for a while.


This weekend a friend and i will be skiing in Davis, West Virginia, where Canaan Valley and Timberline Mountains are located. Hopefully my injuries from running won't interfere. Drinking Jagermeister has become a tradition with skiing; it's been packed :)

Skiing and Camping

My father taught me to ski at a young age and i've skied almost every year with exceptions during college. Camping on the other hand, i've done only once. These are the types of traveling and vacations i prefer.

The mountains i've been too include Tanglewood, Jack Frost, Big Bear, Camelback, and Killington. Thanks to Yahoo's SmartView, i can visually see where the ski resorts are located. This season i'd like to visit the local mountains like Wisp, Canaan Valley, or Timberline for some continued winter fun.

As for camping, it was quite refreshing being so close to nature. I certainly want to go again. This time i will invest in equipment, like a tent, sleeping bags, pots, whatever. Know of any good places. Keep in mind, if i can see a car, it's not a good place.