Does Winter Know it’s Spring?

Does Winter Know it’s Spring?

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Happy spring! Winter is now a thing of the past… but only astronomically. In every other respect, winter hasn't even gotten the memo. Snow is still in the forecast, cold temps aren't going anywhere, and there are at least another 12 days where slopes will be open (not to mention, not just sporting snow, but containing a heck of a lot of it!). We can't forget to emphasize that part. You can tell someone who is a little uneducated when it comes to snow sports in the south that you can still go skiing or boarding this time of year and they may picture this ^^ (please note, this is Sapphire Valley, who has been closed for a few weeks now. I was hard pressed to find a pic showing sub par conditions.)

What they don't know is that it can and DOES look like this>>   

AND this>> 

Better than Christmas in July is spring skiing when conditions are still this good.

So good in fact, that even the resorts that decided to close a little "early" this season are second guessing themselves and just can't take it. The Homestead just announced that they're REOPENING their ski area for the entire week between Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, March 30. Previously, they were going to reopen for the weekends alone. This bonus comes with incentives too, including cheaper lift tickets and Easter Escape packages. For more information, be sure to watch their video here that talks all about it.

We still have 11 out of 16 resorts who have yet to close up for the season. Bases are still pretty solid and definitely in better shape than they were at the slow start of the season. At this point, it looks like Timberline is going to be the winner of the most snowfall this year. They're currently at 196.7 inches. We'll see if they make it to over 200 within the next week and a half.

It's not over until it's over but you may want to start planning ahead. Not rushing you to put away your gear, but before you do, consider getting a tune up. Alpine Ski Center encourages everyone to do so. "Store skis waxed over the summer (it keeps them from rusting and the bases from oxidizing)." Even more so, they're offering to anyone who bought skis or a snowboard from them in 2010/11, 2011/12, or 2012/13 a FREE annual tune-up between now and November 15! Do it now… or in two weeks, and you'll be ready for the first opening day!

Until then, you might as well dirty it up a little more. Get out there and make up for last season, if you haven't already. Anybody double their days on the snow this year compared to last?

Enjoy the vernal equinox ;-) Email me at tonette@skisoutheast.com.

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!