2006-2007 Ski Season Moves into Full Swing

It’s Beginning…THE REAL SKI SEASON is cranking up!

Cataloochee Ski Area got us going weeks ago and Cat, Snowshoe and Sugar Mountain have provided us some needed terrain to ride…but now many of the other ski areas are dropping the ropes and getting us more resorts to ski and ride. That “new beginning” to the 2006-2007 season reminded us that we wanted to share the news with our visitors that we have posted a TON of new content that answers a lot of questions that beginner and novice skiers have asked us over the years. (How was THAT for a segway?)

Over the last several years we have fielded so many questions from people who were planning to ht the slopes for the first time. To that end, we have attempted to answer those concerns and anxieties with a special department of our website. We have moved that content to SkiSoutheast so that we can help a broader group of novices and you can view that material by CLICKING HERE 

 Today’s Top News…

Appalachian reopens today after taking the last week “off” to make a strong base. They are open today with a base of 12-24” and three slopes. App is also skiing both day and night sessions so get out and enjoy.

Cataloochee is reporting 24° this morning at 7:45am. That means more snowmaking is ongoing! The Cat is open from 1pm to 10pm today with a base of 14-36” and four trails. Intermediate Lower Omigosh, serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift, Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill serviced by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift and Beginners Luck Learning Area serviced by the Moving Carpet Conveyor Lift on a base of 14-36 inches and a machine worked surface.

Sugar Mountain is open for day and night skiing to the top of their mountain and that provides them six trails and two lifts. Sugar also made snow and conditions are very nice for today.

Other resorts are opening Thursday, Friday and into the weekend. For a complete rundown on announced openings…be sure to check out the ski report / slope conditions.

Hawksnest “Broadcasting” a Nice Deal for Area Support Employees

On Sunday, December 17th Hawksnest Ski Resort, located in Seven Devils, North Carolina (between Boone and Banner Elk) will host a “Hawksnest’s Hospitality Employee Appreciation Day”.

The basics of the idea is that on that day employees of area motels, hotels, restaurants, and the media, working in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties can enjoy the snow at Hawksnest Ski Resort free. That means FREE skiing, snowboarding or tubing!

“We recognize the tremendous service all the employees in the hospitality and media businesses contribute to our resort’s success and we hope that our Christmas present to them will go a long-way in demonstrating our appreciation,” said Lenny Cottom, owner of Hawksnest.

“Please join us in celebrating our industry and the Christmas season,” Cottom continued. “We are expecting a big turnout. All an employee in the hospitality or media business has to do is present an ID along with a pay-stub, business card or letter from their place of employment to our cashiers to receive a free lift ticket to ski, board or tube. Beginners are also welcome. We will hook up the beginners with free rental equipment and give them a free lesson with our Topgun SnowSports School instructors.”

Employees may bring guests who will receive a 50% discount on everything (lift tickets, rentals and lessons). Please note that the free rental equipment will require a credit card, refundable deposit.

Hawksnest Ski Resort is located atop Seven Devils off Highway 105 South of Boone. The day sessions run from 9:00a.m. until 4:30p.m. and the night session runs from 6:00p.m. until 10:00p.m.

For more information about Hospitality Employee Appreciation Day, visit the website, www.Skihawk.com  or call 828-963-6561.

Hawksnest Ski Resort’s 43rd season opens Friday, December 8 at 12noon. Located in Seven Devils, North Carolina, and known as the local’s favorite for its mixture of fun terrain, the resort features snowsports for the entire family.

Patrons enjoy the longest, rollercoaster-designed tubing park in the South and twelve lighted slopes of skiing and snowboarding.

“We are constantly improving our resort,” said Lenny Cottom, owner of Hawksnest. “This year alone, we have added another conveyor lift for our training area; it’s like a moving sidewalk. Expanded our beginner slope, and added yet more features to our popular terrain park.”

Hawksnest boasts of having the only terrain park with features from the top of the mountain to the bottom. It is also the only resort to offer skiing and snowboarding until midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

Continuing its tradition of hosting competitions, highlights of this season’s Hawksnest events include the United States College Ski Association’s Giant Slalom, Boardercross and Skiercross, the Crescent Council’s Slalom and Giant Slalom, the High Country Junior Races Series, the Nest Games and more.

“We’ve added lots of new specials this season, Cottom continued, I hope people will go on line and check them out.”

Groups of ten or more who make advance reservations receive special group rates plus a free beginner lesson.

“There are two reasons for us giving away free beginner lessons,” Cottom said. “Nationwide in the industry, we know that people taking up snowsports for the first time are more successful and have a better experience if they have taken a lesson.”

“Skiing and boarding are relatively easy to learn, but we know that a beginning lesson makes a critical difference. And secondly, we are very proud of our Topgun SnowSports School. You know, many of our instructors have competition awards under their belts and many have been teaching for years.”

Get in on the fun by calling 800-822-4295 or visit the website www.skihawk.com  

Until Next Time…

THINK COLD – THINK SNOW!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.