– Story by Will Mauney
More snow has fallen across the High Country of North Carolina. We are happy to report that Ober Gatlinburg in TN has received the most snowfall in our region with 6 inches this morning. More snow is expected today and through the weekend for North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and oh wait, that’s everyone. We are once again in the middle of our weekly blizzard that seems to bring 60 mph gusts, blowing snow, and below zero wind chills for a few days. This is the third big wind and snow event in three weeks!
Some special events will be taking place at a few resorts across our region. Ober Gatlinburg, TN will feature Ladies Night and TN College Night. Ladies of all ages can receive a free night session lift ticket by presenting 4 canned goods or non perishable food items that will benefit the Sevier County Food Ministries. Get out to Ober on Monday March 1st to ski or ride with Ski and Snowboard Instructor Christine Martin. Purchase a lesson for only $16 and participate in a girls’ only night of sliding and riding. College night is Wednesday March 3rd. Students can receive a free night session lift ticket with canned goods as well. Anyone interested in running gates and/or advanced ski or riding techniques WITH NO CHARGE can check by the ski school on Wednesday. Be sure to get out to Ober and take advantage of these events and free ticket opportunities.
Appalachian Ski Mountain and the Appalachian Terrain Park will feature special guest coach/judge Meg Pugh this weekend. It’s all about the ladies once again on Saturday for Ladies Park Night and the Shred for the Cup Rail Jam on Sunday. Get out to App and ride with Meg who placed 3rd in the World Superpipe Championship, competed three times in the X-Games and placed 5th at the Vans Cup. Ladies Park Night at App features a girls’ only terrain park with trick tip advisors aiding in progression.
Snowshoe, WV will host the 2010 West Virginia Open this weekend with a slopestyle event in the Spruce Glades Terrain Park. According to Snowshoe this is the “most unique event in the region”. Registration is on Friday from 6-8pm and Saturday morning from 8-11am. There’s a $25 registration fee and first place wins $500, 2nd place wins a pair of HEAD skis and a Snowboard by Ride and 3rd place will win a season pass. There will also be giveaways by Burton, Thirty-two, 686, Oakley, HEAD, Ride and Red Bull. Snowshoe is once again expected to get hammered with snow in the next few days. Totals may reach 20 inches by Sunday!
Wintergreen Resort brings Tyson Bolduc, a freeskier champion, to the mountain this weekend for HEAD Celebrity Weekend. Wintergreen will host the final Freestyle Double Cross event on Saturday the 27th where competitors race head to head down a specially designed course.
Timberline Resort will feature Celtic Music all weekend by Pete Tenney and Blaine Stevens playing traditional Irish and Scottish music on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and vocals. There will be Friday and Saturday Night dance parties at no charge with food specials each night. Also the USSA JR 4-5 Championship will be held Feb. 27-28 at Timberline.
Canaan Valley and Timberline Resort have received 92.5 inches of snow in the month of February! We may see over a hundred inches for them by the end of the month!
A few more notables: Wolf Ridge Resort is still featuring awesome Home School Rates. A full day ticket is $20, half day $12, ski rentals for $12, snowboard for $16 and a lesson is only $12!
It’s Fire and Rescue Appreciation Days at Cataloochee. Special reduced rates for Fire and Rescue personnel and their families with a valid ID. Today and tomorrow only.
So, lots of stuff going on across the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. Tons of snow falling and more expected into the weekend for the majority of resorts. So what are you waiting for? Get up, get out, and go enjoy this winter weather by skiing or riding at your favorite resort. As always remember to send us your photos and tell us about your trip. And don’t forget about the 2010 SkiSoutheast Summit at Snowshoe March 5,6,7 where you can take advantage of some more FREE STUFF and enjoy great skiing and riding with a few hundred fans of SkiSoutheast.com!
We’re on day 87 and there are 50 more days of opportunities to enjoy the snow for the 2009-2010 ski and snowboarding season!
That’s it for today. Go enjoy the snow! Check out the Snow Report at
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