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    touring in NC/TN/VA, anyone?

    Okay, this thread is probably going nowhere and will be laughed at by you westerners (and Northeasterners for that matter) but I am stuck in NC for at least another winter and want to fill the void left by the few weeks I get to spend out west each year. I want to tour. It is possible. This is something that people do, or have done, at least. Elk Knob and Roan seem to be the two most popular spots but I think there is more out there than can be ascended and descended. Basically, bald face peaks are all that have been done but I think there is opportunity in the trees. I already have some ideas but they are all contingent on a decent snow season and an annual anomaly of a storm. It is a fickle endeavor to be sure and will involve careful route planning and weather watching but is anyone in the area and down? The downhill will not be great but the trips themselves would likely make for some great times and a few would certainly be first descents.
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    I don't have any advice on routes but:

    https://nyskiblog.com/skiing-catskil...-winter-peaks/

    There of lots of cool and weird ways to go BC skiing. Many of those 3500' peaks in the Catskills are not skiable by any reasonable definition, but I bet those guys had a great time.

    You might be better of with some Hoks than a traditional touring setup.

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    I'm in upstate South Carolina right now. I grew up out here. My honest advice would be to get into mountain biking if you aren't already. Pisgah is up there with some of the best trails I've ridden out west. The skiing here is not great.

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    Possible? Yes in an amazing once every 10 year snow year you might have about a 24 hour window for some fun.... and otherwise some skipping at the spots you mentioned. If you're creative yeah you can have some fun.

    As for the trees, I have one word for you... Rhododendron. Even with 3-4 feet of snow which is the most you'll ever see on the ground it still isn't enough to cover it and the creeks.

    Better idea - go ride your bike or get into whitewater boating - the winter "touring" is much better on a mountain bike in those parts.

    Below was from one of those once every 10 years storms, about 40-50" on the ground at Newfound Gap as I recall. It was an epic bushwhack and hike out that will never be forgotten and will bring up hysterical uncontrollable laughter from those involved to this day. Ironically, it was exactly 10 years ago this winter

    It did however, result in an epic week of whitewater boat riding very shortly thereafter which was in fact world class, unlike the skiing.
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    Welp, at least I will get a few weeks out west. If I could afford a MTB, I would hop all over that but those shits are expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stealurface831 View Post
    Welp, at least I will get a few weeks out west. If I could afford a MTB, I would hop all over that but those shits are expensive.

    you don't need an expensive full suspension to have fun on a bike here. You can ride Dupont and most of the other trail systems in this area with a hardtail. In fact, unless you're riding Pisgah, I actually think a FS makes the trails boring. A lot of it you could ride on a gravel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackalps View Post
    you don't need an expensive full suspension to have fun on a bike here. You can ride Dupont and most of the other trail systems in this area with a hardtail. In fact, unless you're riding Pisgah, I actually think a FS makes the trails boring. A lot of it you could ride on a gravel bike.
    I rode Pisgah on a 1990's Mongoose Rockadile. And had a shit ton of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
    I rode Pisgah on a 1990's Mongoose Rockadile. And had a shit ton of fun.

    yeah i'm not saying you can't have fun on a hardtail in Pisgah. I personally wouldn't want to do Bennett on one, but I'm sure people do. I'm mostly just saying that the vast majority of trails in NC/SC/VA/TN don't require an expensive FS.

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    Oh I agree, I'd definitely want a full sus now, but I was 16 and didn't have a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    It was an epic bushwhack and hike out that will never be forgotten and will bring up hysterical uncontrollable laughter from those involved to this day.
    Yes, it was and it does.

    TN tree skiing.

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    Also, check the powerline cuts on lookers right at Beech Mtn, Dolly Sodds and Whitegrass near Davis WV, there's some old glades at Snowshoe that aren't too terribly grown up. In reality, you're pretty much on the right track for NC touring though it's all pretty much around the Roan Mtn area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teledave View Post
    Yes, it was and it does.

    TN tree skiing.

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    Also, check the powerline cuts on lookers right at Beech Mtn, Dolly Sodds and Whitegrass near Davis WV, there's some old glades at Snowshoe that aren't too terribly grown up. In reality, you're pretty much on the right track for NC touring though it's all pretty much around the Roan Mtn area.
    I've skied the Whitegrass area. It's fun when there is snow, but it must be a bitch of a drive from NC. It's pretty far north in WV.

    I'd aim for a 29er aggressive hardtail, maybe a single speed, if you're looking for an affordable entree to mid-Atlantic mountain biking.

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    Isn't there a "ski area" in Gatlinburg? Wonder if they have an open boundary policy?

    Went up mt le conte one fall years ago and woke up to a couple feet of surprisingly high quality powder. No base obviously, but you could have had fun on something extra wide.

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    I remember one year there was a track up the backside of Le Conte. Seems to me it was wide enough to be a skin track, but was roughly fifteen years ago. I went out Charlie's Bunion for a run. Trail was wet, but very little snow. I think it was in April. The track followed a road up the TN side of Le Conte, and we'll shaded, so still plenty of coverage.

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    Looking forward to this TR in 3-4 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teledave View Post
    Yes, it was and it does.

    TN tree skiing.

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    Also, check the powerline cuts on lookers right at Beech Mtn, Dolly Sodds and Whitegrass near Davis WV, there's some old glades at Snowshoe that aren't too terribly grown up. In reality, you're pretty much on the right track for NC touring though it's all pretty much around the Roan Mtn area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirshredalot View Post
    I'd aim for a 29er aggressive hardtail, maybe a single speed, if you're looking for an affordable entree to mid-Atlantic mountain biking.
    I was gonna type: Pinkbike classified might be your friend.
    It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.

    I suspect there's logic behind the madness, but I'm too dumb to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartyiak View Post
    I was gonna type: Pinkbike classified might be your friend.
    Yep. Or if you've got an active local club with online buy/sell. There must be something like that in RDU or Asheville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by river59 View Post
    Isn't there a "ski area" in Gatlinburg? Wonder if they have an open boundary policy?
    Lol. Ober Gatlinburg is totally dependent on man made, and struggles to do that. They get an occasional few inches of snow but off piste there is also called dirt. Low altitude (2K'ish), south facing, and plagued by temperature inversions; outside of a built in customer base of church groups and Boy Scouts you would hard pressed to find a worse place to put a ski area. Learned to ski there in 1974; I'd bet I have around a thousand days there through the years.
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