Climatological Halftime

Climatological Halftime

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Today is February 1st and we successfully made it through one of the coldest Januaries on record.  For the North Carolina High Country today marks the halfway point for our area resorts.  If we are to believe the trends, the North Carolina High Country gets half of its snowfall for the year prior to February 1st.  To this I say, heck yeah!  We’ve had great snow and skiing conditions (record breaking even) thus far, and if we can expect the same going forward we will all be happy campers!

Boone Snowfall Trend
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The Super Bowl is tomorrow and the conditions should be great to take advantage of the various parties going on at the resorts.  In past columns we have mentioned the watching parties at Beech and Snowshoe.  Well, Winterplace does not want to miss out on the fun and has quite the deal going on.  Today and tomorrow, save $10 off a lift ticket or learn to ski package, or $5 off tubing.  Print out the below coupon and present it at the ticket window.

Winterplace Super Bowl Party

While the Super Bowl is the macro event of the weekend, there’s lot s of other things going on.  You can check out our events page for details, but here’s a quick rundown of what is happening this weekend.

US Airbag at Snowshoe Mountain Resort 1/31-2/2
Southern Alpine Racing Association Race at Snowshoe Mountain Resort 2/1-2/2
Wintergreen Family Fun Festival 1/31-2/2
College Week at Beech Mountain 2/1-2/8
High Country Junior Race Series Race #4 at Appalachian Ski Mountain 2/2
Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding at Appalachian Ski Mountain

If I am missing anything, please let me know.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is hosting the Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games – Southeast Special Olympic Winter GamesAlpine Skiing and Snowboarding starting tomorrow (Feb. 2nd) and going through Tuesday (Feb. 4th).  As a reader of this article, you already know I am a huge supporter of these events.  Appalachian hosted the North Carolina Special Olympics Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding back in early January (right in the middle of the Arctic Vortex).  Now Appalachian will play host for the Southeast games.

The opening ceremonies will happen tomorrow (Sunday) at 4:45.  The competitions start on Monday from 10am-3pm and finishs on Tuesday from 10am-4pm.   The events are free and open to the public.  Volunteers are always welcome.  Good luck to all of the athletes!

While we’re on racing, Beech Mountain recently hosted the 3rd race in the High Country Junior Race Series.  The next race is tomorrow (Sunday) at Appalachian Ski Mountain with the final 2 races take place at Sugar Mountain on February 9th, and Beech Mountain on February 23rd.  This series started in 1984 and I participated that first year and for a number of years to follow.

High Country Junior Race Series

Here are the results of the Beech Mountain race:

 Girls 6 and Under

First Place – Bella Payne – Sugar Mountain Resort
Second Place – Karolina Nosarzewski – Ski Beech
Third Place – Elise Carson – Ski Beech

Boys 6 and Under

First Place – Aiden Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Jackson Wolter – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 7 and 8

First Place – Eva Young – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Keely Henricks – Sugar Mountain Resort
Third Place – Emily Gray – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fourth Place- Abby Miller – Sugar Mountain Resort
Fifth Place – Sophie Speckmann – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixth Place – Mercer Long – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Seventh Place – Sarah Grosser – Sugar Mountain Resort
Eighth Place – Hannah Frye – Ski Beech
Ninth Place – CLare Graham – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Boys 7 and 8

First Place – Thomas Mennen – Sugar Mountain Resort
Second Place – Andrew Geouque – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Third Place – Charlie Martyn – Ski Beech
Fourth Place – Colin Burts – Sugar Mountain Resort
Fifth Place – Andrew Hill – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixth Place – Ian Provencher – Ski Beech
Seventh Place – Grant Helms – Ski Beech
Eighth Place – Will Covington – Sugar Mountain Resort
Ninth Place – Andrew Jones – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Tenth Place – Samuel Campbell – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Eleventh Place – Gavin Provencher – Ski Beech
Twelfth Place – Henri Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
Thirteenth Place – Ayden Johnson – Sugar Mountain Resort
Fourteenth Place – Brendan O’Connor – Sugar Mountain Resort
Fifteenth Place – Cavan Banneon – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixteenth Place – Arden Jackson – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 9 and 10

First Place – Sophia Lehmann – Sugar Mountain Resort
Second Place – Ava Jane Schmidinger -Sugar Mountain Resort
Third Place – Jackie Granger – Ski Beech
Fourth Place – Tessa Kozar Rogers – Ski Beech
Fifth Place – Julia Handley – Ski Beech
Sixth Place – Hanna Kozar Rogers – Ski Beech
Seventh Place – Sarah Goode – Ski Beech
Eighth Place – Kate Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Caitlin Horn – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Tenth Place – Ava Giguere – Ski Beech
Eleventh Place – Emma Kate McKeown – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Twelfth Place – Peyton Walton – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Boys 9 and 10

First Place – Maddox Spires – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Joshua Grosser – Sugar Mountain Resort
Third Place – Grant McAllister – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fourth Place – Ethan Campbell – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifth Place – Timothy Eustice – Ski Beech
Sixth Place – Luke Milhaupt – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Seventh Place – Griffin Dillman – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Eighth Place -Kate Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Caitlin Horn – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Tenth Place – Ava Giguere – Ski Beech
Eleventh Place – Emma Kate McKeown – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Twelfth Place – Peyton Walton – Appalachian Skit Mtn

Girls 11 and 12

First Place – Hallie Rose Danadio – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Lachlann Currie – Ski Beech
Third Place – Katie Goode – Ski Beech
Fourth Place – Emiley Geouque – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifth Place – Jo Hill – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixth Place – Alice Knight – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Seventh Place – Jeannie Sapp – Ski Beech
Eighth Place – Magali Turner – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Lila M. Bauer – Sugar Mountain Resort
Tenth Place – Suzanna Gurkin – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Eleventh Place – Eve Garry – Ski Beech
Twelfth Place – Carolina Hoover – Appalachian Ski Mtn
DSQ – Anna Van Buren

Boys 11 and 12

First Place – Will T. Spradling – Sugar Mountain Resort
Second Place – Julian Nosarzewski – Ski Beech
Third Place – Karson Pilkenton – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fourth Place – Aiden Banneon – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifth Place – Thomas Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
Sixth Place – Justin N. Simmons – Sugar Mountain Resort
Seventh Place – Dennis Schneider – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Eighth Place – Tate Anagnos – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Lee Byington – Ski Beech
Tenth Place – George Young – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Eleventh Place – Alex Helms – Ski Beech
Twelfth Place – Dawson Willis – Ski Beech
Thirteenth Place – Ben Avason – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fourteenth Place – Jackson Hudspeth – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifteenth Place – Alexander Brown – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixteenth Place – Will Spillman – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 13 and 14

First Place – Ashley Simione – Sugar Mountain Resort
Second Place – Annamarie Eustice – Ski Beech
Third Place – Lauren Matherly – Ski Beech
Fourth Place – Katie-Mac Knight – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifth Place – Skylar Strange – Sugar Mountain Resort
Sixth Place – Isabelle Trew – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Seventh Place – Holland Currie – Ski Beech
Eighth Place – Emma Hudspeth – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Emma Carder – Ski Beech
Tenth Place – Madison Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Boys 13 and 14

First Place – Will Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Alec Granger – Ski Beech
Third Place – Martin Smolka – Ski Beech
Fourth Place – Levi Marland – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Fifth Place – Will Schneider – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Sixth Place – Carson Tollison – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Seventh Place – Baylor Matney – Ski Beech
Eighth Place – Mitchell Abernethy – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Ninth Place – Ryan McSwain – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 15 and 16

First Place – Virginia Currie – Ski Beech
Second Place – Olivia Handley – Ski Beech

Boys 15 and 16

First Place – Austin Horn – Appalachian Ski Mtn
Second Place – Matthew Anderson – Ski Beech

Today on the mountains you can expect peak spring like conditions.  The temperatures will climb today as we’re in-between cold fronts at the moment.  Depending on where you are, you could see the temperature reach the upper 40’s and maybe even 50 degrees.  Make sure you pack your sunglasses and sunscreen!

New Web Cam at Snowshoe Boathouse
The new Boathause cam at Snowshoe tells the tale of  a Bluebird day

Take Care!

Tim Bahlke
Drop me an email at tim@skisoutheast.com to let me know what you think or with suggestions on what we could be doing better.

 

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!