Story by Mike Doble – [email protected]
It’s November 18th and only Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain in North Carolina are open. Snowshoe Mountain is planning to open Wednesday, November 21st. All three of those ski areas have been making snow at EVERY opportune moment.
<Cataloochee this morning!
From what we’re seeing on the LIVE WEBCAMS, BOTH of the open ski resorts look DAMNED inviting this morning. Cataloochee is reporting some "thin coverage". Good for them. Sugar should be reporting that as well. While they’ve both been blasting the open terrain every moment that they could, there haven’t been that many opportunities and with just a little in the way of mild temps and skier/snowboarder traffic those conditions will turn into some bare areas as well.
Cataloochee Ski Area is STILL offering their very cool "OUT" for those of you who would buy a ticket today, hit the slopes and not be entirely thrilled with conditions. They are reporting:
"We are skiing from midstation down on Lower Omigosh, Over Easy and Rabbit Hill, lift tickets are $35 and yes, once again…guests unhappy with conditions will be given a FULL refund after making one run. After one run, no refunds will be given."
However – again – things look very nice this AM for all who are visiting or planning to visit Cat and Sugar today. Both are open til 4pm or 4:30pm. Sugar is also offering some ice skating as well (not on the slopes, but on their massive ice rink that they built a few years back).
Sugar Mountain this morning>>>
SO LET ME BE CLEAR – those ARE the only two ski areas OPEN today.
H-O-W-E-V-E-R… there’s a reporting service that is SUPPOSED to be counted on to report conditions for our ski areas that is reporting the following:
Canaan Valley Resort is offering (15) Trails and (2) lifts OPEN TODAY with Ice Skating as well as TUBING! Base depths are 12-24".
Timberline Resort is OPEN TODAY with a base of 17-39" (26) trails and (2) lifts. They have their terrain park open and are offering NIGHT SKIING!
Tell us where you can find that report and we’ll give away TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS to the first person to email us at [email protected]. The two free lifties will be to Cataloochee since they are open right now.
FREE SKIING R US…
Speaking of freebies, we’ve already been at giving away free passes this season! Jay Douglas of Birmingham, Alabama received two free lifties and hit the slopes of Cataloochee on Friday with a friend.
NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMENTARY…
Again this is a relatively slow time of year when we’re all waiting for consistently cold temps for the ski areas to crank out the snow and open up…or in the case of Cataloochee and Sugar – open MORE terrain.
Of course MOST OF YOU haven’t even considered hitting the slopes yet as you’re still in Autumn mode with raking leaves, attending college football games, etc.
We’re still kind of in preseason mode as well, so I was just looking around at what some other reporting services are saying. I found that Timberline and Canaan Valley are being reported open. (They are not.)
On another NATIONAL reporting website I found that Timberline is "planning" on opening up LAST December 17th, of 2011.
Maybe THAT’S where the other reporting service got their inaccurate information.
Anyway, go out and find out where you can find Timberline and Canaan open today with (41) open trails between them and we’ll give the first correct entry FREEBIE LIFT TICKETS to go ski and ride one of the two ski areas that actually IS open right now. (You can use the free lifties anytime this season.)
So let me close by asking you – who you going to visit all season long for the most informative and accurate ski conditions?
We thought so.
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