Frankenstorm Trick and Treat, West Virginia style : Oct 31-Nov 1, 2012

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    Frankenstorm Trick and Treat, West Virginia style : Oct 31-Nov 1, 2012

    I have a few friends here and I know some of you might be interested in this TR. I decided to split it because it's long and boring. It took awhile, however I've posted some TR from 1992 last June, so this is a record time for me. I also dropped everything to make this trip happened, I had to pay the price at home and work. It didn't help that my memory card was zapped when the computer during the upload.


    This TR is a long and boring text and might have way too many pictures. I know, it's a link to my blog, but I don't feel like reformatting everything to post here.


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    Frankenstorm Trick and Treat, West Virginia style – Part 1: Timberline, Oct 31, 2012


    This was probably one of the craziest ski adventures I’ve ever experienced. Driving thousand of kilometers for many hours through a hurricane in an unlikely ski destination “potentially” buried in snow. I had skied hurricane generated snow at Wildcat in late October 2005, in what would become month #1 of a monthly ski streak, but New Hampshire is almost local compared to West Virginia. The situation was also potential more hazardous this time around.


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    First off, I would say that this trip wasn’t taken likely. Hurricanes aren’t fun, I’m happy that I live in a part of the World that is rarely subject to the catastrophic destructive force of severe weather events. I feel extremely gracious to those that welcomed us in West Virginia, we were just visitors, visitors in a devastated area. The people at the resort were extremely helpful although they lived extreme stress living in this situation. We entered the disaster area prepared to be self-sufficient.


    For those who are living through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or those who have live through a natural disaster will understand. The part of West Virginia we saw reminded me of Upper New England, Eastern Ontario or Southern Quebec during the great Ice storm when many millions went without electricity in early January 1998. The effects on the lives along the coast were much worst. West Virginia got hit with their biggest snowfall ever.


    Once our trip was over, we could leave back to our respectful homes with heating, electricity and all amenities. It wasn’t the case for these people. I feel we brought smiles to some faces (especially thinking of Chip, White Grass Cross-Country and Backcountry Ski area owner) seeing a bunch of crazy people driving from so far away for their snow. Maybe it was reassuring for them that, after all, people could live and enjoy the elements.


    Click link or pics to continue...


    http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2012/...e-oct-31-2012/


    Here are a few fun non-skiing pics from October 30th:



    Two meals in one Subway









    Davis WV - Ghost town



    Canaan Valley skin tracks.






    No food at the ski lodge cafeteria



    The lobby of the Canaan Resort Hotel.




    I should be able to post Part 2 towards the end of next week.
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    Its about time! No - truly a very interesting report - not likely to read one like that for a while - at least I hope not. Like you say hurricanes are serious business.

    I had to pay the price at home and work.
    So ... what was the price??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abubob View Post
    So ... what was the price??
    Like I mentioned to Chip from White Grass the following day (that is going to be in Part2), if I was responsible, I wouldn't have been in West Virginia. Missing 4 days of work with an important deadline. My soft deadline was November 2...the unmoveable deadline was the following Friday and couldn't go in to work on the weekend due to my daughter's bday on Nov 4 and her sleepover/party on the 3rd. Worked late everynight to make sure I meet the deadline...then I had house stuff to catch up.

    No regrets, this is a trip I won't likely forget.
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    Great shots Pat. Glad you were able to finally get those pictures off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMadWorld View Post
    Great shots Pat. Glad you were able to finally get those pictures off!
    +1
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    Finally? What do you mean, finally? This might be the most timely and earliest TR Pat has even posted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by riverc0il View Post
    Finally? What do you mean, finally? This might be the most timely and earliest TR Pat has even posted!
    +1

    Actually, MadMadWorld was talking about my picture recovery.

    Part 2 is 95% complete. Tons of links, all competed. I might do a few last minute editing and pics changes, clean up the pic gallery plus waiting for a non-skiing picture from someone to make it complete.
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    Awesome, awesome, awesome report and such a cool trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Awesome, awesome, awesome report and such a cool trip!
    That was Part 1...posted Part 2 last night on our second and last day skiing in West Virginia. Part 2 starts where it left off, looking for beer in a place where everything is closed.

    Here are a couple of pictures from Part 2...




    Click on the link or pics to see another boring description of an epic trip.


    Frankenstorm Trick and Treat, West Virginia style – Part 2 : White Grass, Nov 1, 2012
    http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2012/...ss-nov-1-2012/


    Beer run on October 31







    Some maggots showing up







    Picture by ML242: Ski clothes and headlamps pool showdown







    White Grass : November 1


    More maggots ....


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    Re: Frankenstorm Trick and Treat, West Virginia style : Oct 31-Nov 1, 2012

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    Wow that is an epic report and trip, how their hills look like compared to New England?

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