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Elk Mountain, 12/6/14

Cornhead

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Date(s) Skied: 12/6/14

Resort or Ski Area: Elk Mountain, PA

Conditions: Soft, rain soaked, man made groomers

Trip Report:
I hemmed and hawed on whether to ski Elk in the rain, or wait and ski Greek on Sunday. With nothing to do today, besides Christmas shopping, I decided to head to Elk. I pulled into the lot a little after opening, 8:45. No cattle car today, parking in the upper lots was unrestricted. Much nicer booting up at the car and skiing down to the lodge.

I bought a morning ticket for $47 knowing that it would allow me to ski till close if I wanted. I didn't feel too guilty stretching my time, $61 for a full day pass seemed a lot for what trails were available, Susquehanna, Tunkhannock, Lower Tunkhannock, Tioga, and Tioga Spur. I honestly think I could've skied without a pass today. I get on the chair and my phone starts playing Led Zepplin's Fool In The Rain, how apropos.

The "snow" was quite good, usual Elk standards, nice soft, hero groomers. I've skied Elk a lot, never had poor conditions, ever. The staff, instructors?, and ski patrol, conducting rescue training, out numbered skiers on the hill probably 10-1. Kudos to Elk for opening at an obvious loss.

Everything was groomed, including Tunkhannock. It always seems weird skiing Tunk groomed, it almost never is. No VW bug sized bumps today. The only problem skiing today was poor visibilty. It was foggy most of the day. It was nice that you were usually the only one on the trail. All you had to do was trust in the "Force", and skiing by feel was pretty easy. It was fun letting my new RTM's rip, pristine bases and edges preformed flawlessly. I skied until 3, taking two breaks for coffee, and to dry out a little. My Frog Toggs did quite well at keeping me mostly dry, seems as long as the rain isn't very heavy, they're adequate protection.
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Susquehanna
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Looking up a foggy Tunk
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Looking down
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A break in the fog, actually saw the Sun once.


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Cornhead

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Impressive, Cornhead. Way to get at it. The US Postal Service carriers have nothing on you!!

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Thanks Marc, no problem skiing in the rain, chairlift rides in the rain on the other hand, yuck. I want to ski Mt. Snow, or now Okemo, in the rain. It'd be fun riding the bubble chairs, safety first, bubble meetings.

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Thanks Marc, no problem skiing in the rain, chairlift rides in the rain on the other hand, yuck. I want to ski Mt. Snow, or now Okemo, in the rain. It'd be fun riding the bubble chairs, safety first, bubble meetings.

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Agreed. The snow surface is usually quite enjoyable while it is raining. Good goretex, a warm fire and your favorite apres ski beversge are necessities on rainy ski days! Looking forward to making some Platty turns with you again this year, Bob.
 

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Thanks. Can't wait to hit PA's best mountain, bar none. I don't think I've ever been to Elk when it hasn't snowed. They seem to easily get double the snow the other eastern PA mountains do.
 

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They open even on a losing money day cause they need to make good on their 100 open days guarantee to season pass holders. Pretty much a guarantee that they close the day after day 100 too, even if there is plenty of snow still on the mountian.
 

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They open even on a losing money day cause they need to make good on their 100 open days guarantee to season pass holders. Pretty much a guarantee that they close the day after day 100 too, even if there is plenty of snow still on the mountian.

Double edged sword. Appreciated the one edge Saturday, they definitely lost money.

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Siliconebobsquarepants

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Double edged sword. Appreciated the one edge Saturday, they definitely lost money.

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Early season openings are always a gamble.
With bad odds , especially in Pa.

I'm planning on using a free pass on Sat
They will be losing money on my pass but planning
On a few beers and some food
 
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