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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby gtrowbridge » February 26th, 2014, 4:29 pm

Anyone know if Cburg has caught up on grooming the trail?
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby gtrowbridge » March 16th, 2014, 10:27 am

Trail report?

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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » March 16th, 2014, 1:19 pm

gtrowbridge wrote:Trail report?

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I have not been there but my guess is that it should be hard crust. I have been able to ride on top of unpacked down snow, it is that hard. That will change with the weather, as always. I might try to ride the singletrack there tomorrow while it is below 20
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby gtrowbridge » March 16th, 2014, 8:05 pm

Doing my own trail report. Got there at 1pm. Temp was about 12. Trails were great. Hard packed. The thaw and then refreeze really did the trick. There was only two small spots on the back side of the hills that were soft because of direct sun.

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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby cramer » April 24th, 2014, 5:00 pm

Trail was in good shape, getting a little sandy in spots. I heard on Monday that the newest section on the West side was covered in soft snow still at the bottom, didn't check it out today.

One thing I noticed is that there is a portable snowboarding rail slide structure that is kind of overhanging half of the two track on the North side. There are a bunch of them lined up there but only one is overhanging the path. If someone uses that two track to exit at dusk or in the rain they might not see it. It's black, probably very visible in the snow but not so much now. It's about chest height, if someone doesn't see it and hits it at speed coming down that hill, it will change their life. Two or more people might be able to just move it a few feet but maybe better to get permission from the maintenance guys first?
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby cramer » May 13th, 2014, 10:12 am

I love the new trail that was added on the west side. It's going to need some time to set up from riding but it's nice trail and fits in well with the rest of the trails out there and it's on interesting terrain. Some of the switchbacks are a little steep and the corners are sharp so they seem like they will need some armoring and adjustments later to make them hold up. It will be well worth the effort though because those steep hills are becoming more rare around here.

Because of the way that trail has been built, piece by piece over the years, it really lacks the cohesive planned feel of the newer trails in the area. The mixture of two way trails, connector trails and short cuts plus the lack of initial signs pointing people where to start I think would make it very complicated for a first time rider. Also there are the new blue signs that I'm assuming are for the winter fat bike route and those are sometimes in direct conflict with the white signs for the normal route. Maybe that's just fine and people just need to go out there and explore. It's not like you can get lost out there and not find your way back to the lot. This is the way it was when I first start riding there back in the day, no signs, just ride around and experiment.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » May 13th, 2014, 10:36 am

cramer wrote:I love the new trail that was added on the west side. It's going to need some time to set up from riding but it's nice trail and fits in well with the rest of the trails out there and it's on interesting terrain. Some of the switchbacks are a little steep and the corners are sharp so they seem like they will need some armoring and adjustments later to make them hold up. It will be well worth the effort though because those steep hills are becoming more rare around here.

Because of the way that trail has been built, piece by piece over the years, it really lacks the cohesive planned feel of the newer trails in the area. The mixture of two way trails, connector trails and short cuts plus the lack of initial signs pointing people where to start I think would make it very complicated for a first time rider. Also there are the new blue signs that I'm assuming are for the winter fat bike route and those are sometimes in direct conflict with the white signs for the normal route. Maybe that's just fine and people just need to go out there and explore. It's not like you can get lost out there and not find your way back to the lot. This is the way it was when I first start riding there back in the day, no signs, just ride around and experiment.



Cramer- glad you like it! We agree with the lack of signage and that is one thing we hope to address soon. There are way to many options out here for someone that is new to the area or tries it for the first time and probably gets discouraged and never comes back. We want more people there not less! Look for improved signs soon.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » May 15th, 2014, 8:31 pm

We re-signed the entire trail today! The Triple East and West are now one-way traffic based on days of the week, similar to Merrell. The days are listed on the map and also with signage at the trail junctions. We hope we improved the markings to keep first timers and the seldom users on course by marking the main loop in white arrows with all the optional loops in different colors. Creek Trail has brown arrows, the Connector has blue arrows, the Triple East and West have red arrows and Bill's Hill is marked with yellow arrows. All of these options can be bypassed as most of you know just take all the white arrow options. A trail map can be found on the Ski Area Facebook page or under the news heading at http://www.wmmba.org
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby Mike_D » June 4th, 2014, 11:34 am

FYI - Large dead tree down this morning that will require a chainsaw. It is in the very last section that was completed last fall. It is about midway between where the latest trail was built (a few weeks ago - Triple West) and where you pop back out into the meadow (MWFS direction) before going back in towards the pond. In other words, the very last section of new singletrack built last fall just before popping out on the 2 track before the "Triple West" nearest Egypt Valley Rd.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby cramer » June 11th, 2014, 12:51 pm

Not really a trail conditions item but just trying to get the word out after reading this post from Rick in the ride announcement area - deck will be open Thurs. June 12th 6 - 10 pm for post ride food / beer.

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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby xcrdr » July 21st, 2014, 6:19 pm

Is Thursday ok for a group ride there? What about this concert series? Thanks.
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Re: Western: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Postby RickPlite » July 21st, 2014, 6:54 pm

xcrdr wrote:Is Thursday ok for a group ride there? What about this concert series? Thanks.


due to the concert series you can't park at the ski area or ride near the base of the hills or the lodge on Thursday nights (after 3pm). You can ride the trails though, just park somewhere else like the Game Area and ride in and exit by using the connector trail of EV Road
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