Day Number Two!

Day Number Two!

Story by Kenny Griffin – [email protected]

Day number two of skiing and riding here in the Southeast is upon us!  Yesterday, both Cataloochee and Sugar opened to everyone’s delight.  I haven’t seen any reports from Cataloochee, but I was at Sugar and conditions were pretty much what would you expect after less than 48 hours of snowmaking.  The coverage was pretty good though and the weather was really nice.  I was out there with a group of people and we all had a great time.  You can check out a trip report from yesterday by heading over to the messageboard.

The coverage and snow conditions were pretty good at Sugar yesterday, especially considering they had only been making snow for less than 48 hours.  Bluebird skies and warm temps are always nice too!>>>>>>>

On a quick side note, the morning after the first day of riding for the season is always brutal.  Today is no different for me.  I am SORE.  It’s been over 7 months since I snowboarded, and I can definitely tell.  I feel like an old man right now hobbling around my house.  I thought working out and playing tennis all summer would have helped more than this.  Good thing I have nothing to do except lay around on the couch all day and watch football!

Like I said, Cat and Sugar are both open again today.  Sugar will probably attempt to stay open as long as they can. There’s already some brown spots showing up on their cam though, so things might start to get a little rough out there after today.  However, Cat has already announced they will not be open during the week at all and are hoping to reopen next weekend.  That’s probably a good call as the weather this week is going to be rather warm.  The next window of opportunity to make snow looks to be Thursday.  So if you didn’t ski or ride yesterday, get out there today!  It will be another LONG week of staring at cams and weather forecasts if you don’t! 

Before I go, just thought I would remind you guys that we now have a Twitter and Facebook page.  I’m going to be tweeting and posting stuff a lot thoughout the winter as both are good platforms to get information out quicky.  Yesterday, I was actually posting pics from Sugar on my phone.  I thought it was pretty cool to give everyone up to the second reports from the mountain.

Email me with pics, questions, comments at [email protected].

Mike is the Editor and founder of and Since September of 1996 he has written more than 3200 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 900 clients in 40+ 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 family, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!