Morning Routine – Check SkiSoutheast, Facebook, and…

Morning Routine – Check SkiSoutheast, Facebook, and…

Well, it's Wednesday – that's about the only thing that's different from yesterday ;) Bases are nice, temps are nice, conditions are all nice! A few resorts reported a few more inches of natural snowfall over the night, and some of them have the guns turned on today. Let's enjoy this static state while we can.

There were reports that some areas could see some heavier rainfall tomorrow night, but according to our trusty weather gurus, the "axis has since shifted" so the slopes may be in the clear. No snow is in the forecast, but who needs new snow when you have bases from six inches to 84 inches? We'll keep you posted on the imminent weather patterns.

The most notable change when doing the snow report this morning was Snowshoe's jump in open terrain, with 50 of their 60 slopes available for access. The update on their website reads, "Mountaineer Parks has opened our brand new Skill Builder Park at Silver Creek. It is built on a concept that we call “Terrain Based Learning." The park has very gentle rollers, mellow banked turns and small basic shapes. These elements help teach the core elements of skiing and riding. There are no rails, boxes or jumps. This is a great place for all skiers and riders to hone their skills and build to the next level."

Of course, we want you guys to be able to come to us for the latest and the greatest – it's much more convenient to keep up with all 17 ski resorts via one resource as opposed to checking all 17 separately – but it's never a bad idea to do just that, as well. While a few of the resorts' sites could afford to be a little better maintained, they do offer valuable information that sometimes we can't get to you fast enough.

Another source is Facebook. Not all resorts have an account, and I realize not every one of our readers do either, but for those of you who do, think about searching for your favorite resort on there. As if we need another way to waste our time ;-) right? In this case though, it could pay off. For example, on Monday, Canaan Valley featured a little contest – inviting users to guess how much snow they'd receive by 7am this morning, and those who entered by yesterday morning would be eligible to win two lift tickets. Sorry, we didn't get that one to you sooner!

In addition to finding out about fun challenges like that, you'll also see some cool photos (like the one to the left from App Ski Mtn the other day). Chances are it's easier for the resorts to add pictures to their Facebook pages than to their websites; not to mention, visitors post pictures from their recent trips and tag the resorts all the time. Another advantage is the ability to write (and read) recommendations and reviews.

We'll continue to do our best to provide you with as much information as you want and when you want it, but keep in mind the reason for our site. The 17 ski resorts are who we feature, and they're who you're interested in learning more about, so if we can help them gain more traffic to their own websites, Facebook accounts, etc., that's what we'll do. Thanks for reading, guys and gals!

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!