The ski touring here in Pennsylvania is turning out to be some of the finest in recent memory. With another great weekend of skiing behind us we'll keep our collective eyes and fingers crossed and hope that the upcoming Groundhog Day storm translates into even more snow for our higher elevation mountains and plateaus. Right now they're forecasting an icy mix for all but the extreme northern tier counties. Another good cold snap with temperatures below zero would certainly put a hurting on those pesky wooly adelgids that are eating away at our eastern hemlocks.
Here's some photo spam from my touring around Black Moshannon and Tiadaghton State Forests this past weekend. It snowed lightly for most of the day on Friday as I kicked around Black Moshannon, and heavily all day long on Saturday on the George B. Will Ski Trail up along the Coudy Pike. It snowed, and it snowed, and it snowed. Despite the relatively warm temperatures in the upper 20's the snow was fast and the trail conditions were excellent. There was over a foot of snow up on the Allegheny Plateau after Saturday's dump and it was great to see folks out there having fun and enjoying themselves. It would be an affront to the Alleghenies not to take advantage of it's peace and power. Besides, it doesn't even cost a nickel to participate. Pine Creek is pretty much frozen over solid from Blackwell to Jersey Shore. Just watch out for those seemingly endless convoys of frickin' fracking trucks rumbling through the sleepy hamlets of Ramsey, Tomb, Waterville, Haneyville, Hyner Mountain and Black Forest up on PA 44.
You gotta love this global warming thing; More chicks running around in bikinis in the summer, and plenty of big time winter recreation dumped on your doorstep when you need it the most.
I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking. Get out there and kick it hard all you dudes and dudette's!
Parting Shot: Nippenose Farmscape
I think I can almost here those tiny little baetis nymphs starting to rustle in their shucks, and it will soon be maple sugaring time.