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02.26.12 05:58 PM

Hello Everyone -

Okay folks, we are now officially in the last month of the 2011/12 season and if you are still wondering if the conditions are going to get any better, well stop thinking and start sliding. If you didn’t notice, we probably just came off the best looking weekend of the season, with a cold and snowy Saturday (for some resorts) and a bluebird Sunday. Right now the roller coaster ride of a season we have been experiencing is actually on the way up. If you haven’t made plans to head to a resort, there is no better time than now.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t start to see some resorts call it a season, in other words cut their losses while the cutting is still good. The site’s editor Mike Doble mentioned the same fact last week in one of his morning columns and it makes sense or should I say “cents.” Several resorts have seen numbers take a huge hit compared to last year, while others had actually made up some ground after opening late this season. The main concern continues to be convincing folks in the lowlands that instead of getting their lawn mowers tuned up, it’s still time to get those skis or snowboards tuned up and head to the slopes.

Usually by this time of year, resorts have pretty much pulled the plug on snowmaking. Credit goes out to the resorts who continue to make snow when they can in order to provide the best product out there for the faithful skiers and snowboarders. However I got an email from a reader of the column and a follower of skisoutheast.com, complaining about resorts making snow while the slopes were open. They didn’t like having manmade snow fall on them while they were skiing. Folks let me tell you one thing for sure, if a resort could only make snow on unopened terrain or at night, they would, and that has pretty much been the case the last couple of seasons. But Mother Nature threw every resort in the region an inside curveball and well, this is not the year to complain about daytime, on open terrain snowmaking. Just don’t go there. Every skier and snowboarder should be happy that southeast resorts have invested millions of dollars in snowmaking and need to realize that is the only reason there are having any fun at all on the slopes this season.

Now is the time for everyone to either make it out on the slopes for another day or two or finally get on the slopes for the first time this season. This coming weekend is the annual Skisoutheast.com snow summit at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. Check out the great deals on lodging and skiing that Snowshoe is offering for summit goers. Keep reading all of the details on the website this week as Mike and Kenny will be bring everyone up to date on what’s happening with the annual gathering of snow lovers.

That’s it for this week, just remember whether it be cold or whether it be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather will be. Think about it! See you on the slopes.

Send your comments to: jstevens@themediacenter222.com  

Joe Stevens, a member of the southeast ski industry since 1990 is a regular columnist for skisoutheast.com and serves as the Communications Director for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.






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