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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby yamaha13 » November 19th, 2012, 11:03 am

Remember everyone Cannonsburg ski area MTB trails are open. Just make sure you enter from the connector trail off of Egypt Valley road.If you park at the ski area it's 1.5 miles to the connector. There is a small parking lot just north of the connector trail head across the street. Don't forget when the ski runs are open do not cross the base of the hills. Also the restaurant/bar will be open when the skiing opens so please support them as they support us!
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby gtrowbridge » December 1st, 2012, 9:24 pm

Great riding today. Hero dirt everywhere. I almost like entering the trail from the connecter better than the lodge. Parking lot on Egypt valley was what was stated previously. 4 cars maybe 5 side by side. If showing up with multiple friends/cars you can park one deeper so your second car can pull in behind thus leaving room for others.

Kudos to the TC and crew out there. The additional trail to the skills area are awesome and look to be using some valuable topography. Many of the stunts are a bit extreme for me at this stage of life but having bypasses next to them is great as it still let's me use the terrain. The TLC is evident.

Be careful backing out of that Egypt valley lot. People were flying down that road and its kinda blind backing out.

Is night riding allowed here?
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » December 2nd, 2012, 7:23 am

yes, night is allowed
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby trout_smith » December 2nd, 2012, 9:03 am

Good to hear that this is open this winter. This trail is often rideable when Luton and Merrell would be a muddy mess. It drains well. Just don't ride in thaw conditions!
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby StillBill » December 16th, 2012, 9:03 pm

Was there today...trail about 99% good...only soft spots were just before and after the skills area. Nice new berms/banks there, thanks.
I drained two puddles in other areas.
Looking for another water friendly trail? If you live near SE GR., and haven't checked it out yet, try the Ken o sha trail. It's short, two loops, about 2 1/2 miles, but fun if you are in the area: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ken-O-Sha ... 4745581564
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby StillBill » December 25th, 2012, 5:42 pm

Tried the winter parking area and the connector trail today...Very easy access. Glad we can use trail this winter.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » December 28th, 2012, 10:32 am

I spoke with the manager at the ski area that in turn spoke to the owner. We are now able to use the parking area near the NE corner (maintenance building location) for winter staging and access to the MTB trails all winter long. Access across the maintenance bridge is fine too, just don't mingle with the skiers to long when making the trip across the bottom of the double chair. We also discussed grooming for fatbikes, maybe into the backside gravel pits too.

Here are his quotes:

"He also thought it would be OK to use the parking area near the maintenance building to access the trails throughout the winter as long as it didn't get too busy and inconvenience the paying customers. You can use the maint. bridge and if there were any problems you could switch over to the trail that you described.
As far as rolling or packing a fat bike trail, I will try and get out on a snowmobile when I get a chance and see what that looks like. I don't know if there are any plans to do some "grooming" before the race on the 12th or not but I will check into it. I would like to experiment with that a little bit to see what works best for future fat bike trails."
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby yamaha13 » December 28th, 2012, 11:20 am

Trails are in excellent shape, maybe 3-4" of packed snow on most of the trails. There is a little more snow on some of the trails in the new part of the skills trail due to the snow guns. Had to walk about 50 yards to the trails with a non fat bike across the base of the ski hill. I was told once things settle down they're going to clear mountain bikers a trail access to our trails. Please support Cannonsburg ski area and stop in for a bite and beverage.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby Mike_D » December 28th, 2012, 11:24 am

yamaha13 wrote:Trails are in excellent shape, maybe 3-4" of packed snow on most of the trails. There is a little more snow on some of the trails in the new part of the skills trail due to the snow guns. Had to walk about 50 yards to the trails with a non fat bike across the base of the ski hill. I was told once things settle down they're going to clear mountain bikers a trail access to our trails. Please support Cannonsburg ski area and stop in for a bite and beverage.


Nice! Is that 3-4" of packed snow icy yet or is it still "grippy" (as grippy as snow can be) and rideable for a non-fat bike?
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » December 28th, 2012, 11:41 am

Yamaha brings up a good point. Go in and do some shopping or have a beer and snack in the Cedar Lounge upstairs. Pretty good stuff IMO. Good beer selection too.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby StillBill » January 2nd, 2013, 10:13 pm

Rick
Glad to hear that we can use the parking lot access...thanks for doing that. ...although the connector trail is convenient too.
I was out there Dec. 31 and the trail was nice and ride-able (even for me, and on a non-fat bike). I hadn't been there in the snow yet. It's a fun trail, with a little bit of everything.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby Scotty » January 7th, 2013, 10:39 am

The Cburg trail will be closed this saturday, January 12, for Farmer's Fat Bike Race

the connector trail will be blocked off that day between 8am and 5pm.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby Mike_D » January 18th, 2013, 3:50 pm

How's the ski area conditions after the Fat Tire mudfest last weekend???
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » January 20th, 2013, 11:49 am

mntn-biker wrote:How's the ski area conditions after the Fat Tire mudfest last weekend???



Personally I rode the ski area on Saturday because it is known for being sandy and dry when every other trails is muddy. I parked at the Egypt Valley entrance for the first time this winter and rode in on the connector. The connector is all clay and is suffering bad damage during thaws. Now that the ski area has given us permission to park at the lodge and ride in the normal way I highly recommend doing so. The rest of the trail was dry or greasy but was not suffering damage from tires. The skills park two-track was very wet and muddy. Riding or walking in from the bridge was no big deal, lots of friendly waves from skiers.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby Mike_D » January 20th, 2013, 12:00 pm

RickPlite wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:How's the ski area conditions after the Fat Tire mudfest last weekend???



Personally I rode the ski area on Saturday because it is known for being sandy and dry when every other trails is muddy. I parked at the Egypt Valley entrance for the first time this winter and rode in on the connector. The connector is all clay and is suffering bad damage during thaws. Now that the ski area has given us permission to park at the lodge and ride in the normal way I highly recommend doing so. The rest of the trail was dry or greasy but was not suffering damage from tires. The skills park two-track was very wet and muddy. Riding or walking in from the bridge was no big deal, lots of friendly waves from skiers.


Thanks for the update Rick. I was wondering what the best way to access the trail would be when the trails are "moist". And I also wondered if it were a "hike-a-bike" once you cross the maintenance bridge.
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