The Season that Keeps on Giving

The Season that Keeps on Giving

Wow. My final first trax of the season, and what a [first] season it has been [for me]!  Case in point, to the left is Snowshoe on April 5, 2013!          I can say with certainty I'll be looking forward to the next one much more so now that I've had my own taste of southeast skiing (or snowboarding rather). I know I'll enjoy the off-season, but this next time around when winter comes, I'll be greeting it with a smile on my face and hopefully a board under my arm.

Hold up! It may be my last day, but Snowshoe's and Wintergreen's clocks are still ticking. You have two and a half more days to be a part of Snowshoe's amazing season, as they close after Sunday's session. You can also "make history" with Wintergreen tomorrow on their "latest open day ever."

We're talking about the final hours here and snow's still coming down. I think we could call this the season that keeps on giving. Our area of western NC saw some winter weather yesterday, but that's not all.

Snowshoe's website reads, "We received 2 inches of new snow overnight pushing our March total to just over 5 feet. Cupp Run, Shay's Revenge and Knot Bumper were ungroomed overnight. Cloudy skies will clear throughout the day with mild temperatures from now until Sunday. Come get your turns in and enjoy amazing spring conditions across the mountain while soaking up the last moments of a great season. Groomer's Choice is Spruce. Soaring Eagle Express and Powderidge lifts will be closed in the Snowshoe Basin. Upper Flume, Gangway, Camp4 and Powderidge are access only."

If that's not enough to get you out there, check out what they have planned:

It's time to pay your respects to another amazing winter come and gone. Join us as we kick off our Last Hurrah weekend.

Costumes, pond skimming and tons of fun. Say goodbye to the 2012.2013 season right.

11am – 12:30pm: Pond Skim Registration, Connection Deck

12:30pm: "Most Fab" Beach Apparel Contest

1:00pm: Pond Skim Contest, Skidder Slope
Awards & Prizes: King & Queen of the Pond – Medal, Season Pass & Mystery Prize | Best Costume – Medal & Lift Ticket | Sorriest Skimmer – Medal & Ski Lesson Voucher

Immediately following Pond Skim: Tutti Frutti Competition, Skidder Slope

Register now! http://www.snowshoemtn.com/events-and-activities/events/2013/03/last-hurrah.aspx

On Wintergreen's Facebook, they posted yesterday, "T-minus two days 'til we break all records and open up to ski, ride and tube on Saturday, April 6! Who's coming up to make history with us?" Make that T-minus one day now.

You shouldn't argue with mother nature. If she gives us fresh snow to play in, it's in our best interest to play. It's along the same lines of staying indoors on a gorgeous summer day – you don't want to waste it.

For those following the unspoken rules ;-) I hope you have an epic last run! And for everyone, I hope this season served you well. Whether it was your first, 31st, or last one, I hope it was better than expected and worthy enough to remind you why you got involved with the sport to begin with. May your memories keep you contented until next season's first opening day announcement. Until then, happy spring, summer, and fall!

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!