The End is Approaching Quickly…

The End is Approaching Quickly…

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Hey, hey, hey it's Friday! Well, not technically but it basically is for us folks here at Appnet. We have tomorrow off so it's the end of the work week for us. I'm also pretty stoked/a little saddened because this is the last day I'll be working up here in Boone. I'll be back down in Charlotte (Davidson technically) on Monday. It's crazy to think that the season is just about over! Five months has gone by rather quickly.

I've been trying to take advantage of all the snow this week. Yesterday I talked about my two pow nights at Sugar. Yesterday afternoon I decided to go take a hike around my place. It sounds kind of weird, but I just liked hiking around the woods in all the snow. Then, I got the idea to build a little jib. Actually, I wouldn't call it a jib. It's too small to be a jib and you couldn't really do anything on it, not that I have the ability to anyways. It was pretty janky, but it was fun to hit it a few times.  You can click on it to see a bigger version.

I'm just trying to enjoy the snow for as long as possible. It seems that several ski area managers have the same idea as the past couple of days have seen announcements from The Homestead, Cataloochee, and Snowshoe Mountain in regards to staying open just a little bit longer. I mentioned yesterday about how The Homestead will be open through Wednesday, April 3rd. Cataloochee announced on their Facebook page yesterday that they will now be open this Saturday. They were originally going to close on Friday. In all honesty, that really didn't make sense to do so it's good to see them open for at least one weekend day when more people can get out there.

Then, Snowshoe came out and announced that they are pushing back their closing date all the way to next Sunday, April 7th. They posted a video yesterday along with the announcement.

There are two things I noticed in that video. One, Ed Schneider (the guy in yellow) has a pretty gnarly beard. I'm jealous. Two, conditions look absolutely ridiculous up there for the end of March. That video looks like it was shot in January, not on March 27th. You can easily see why they pushed back their closing date to next weekend.

Get out there and get it while you can. The weekend should be fun as there's a ton of snow at the resorts still. It's rather remarkable. After Sunday, unless you can make it to Snowshoe or The Homestead (or Wintergreen next weekend, maybe), you're out of luck in terms of having lift accessed terrain. Well, you could always go to Liberty Snowflex. They're open year round. My friends and I already have a trip in the works for sometime in April. But yeah, the season is basically over after this weekend except for those mentioned resorts. Sad face. It's been a good one though. I might post a review of my season next week. It's been my best ever.

That's it for today. Everyone have a Happy Easter weekend!

Email me at kenny@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!