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WE'RE BACK (OR STILL HERE) AND THINGS ARE COLD AND SNOWY!
12.22.12 09:25 AM
Story by Mike Doble - firstname.lastname@example.org
A very funny (now) but eerie thing happened last night at 11:45pm, just prior to the "end of the world" scenario. The power went out. My wife and I looked at each other for a second and then the power came back on. Had it not, I have to be honest - I'd have probably begun looking around to see if anyone else was without power!
Of course since the power came back on so quickly, it was easy to relationize that the high winds were the culprit as some of the winds on Friday into Friday night were as strong as any I've witnessed in my 22 years of living in the mountains.
It snowed like crazy as well, and there are varying reports of just how much, but I have to say that I really don't know how anybody is getting it right this morning.
Case in point is up at Wisp Resort in Maryland where Lori Epp's crew is reporting 8-12" of snow (depending on whether you look at the front page of their site or the snow report page). I called High Mountain Sports and they reported 2" of snow, but he did say that it "could have been 8"!"
However OFFICIALLY the National Weather Service reporters up that way are reporting 12" of raw snowfall and observers at Deep Creek are saying anywhere from 7-12".
It was THAT kind of windy snow. Some spots around the foot of Beech late on Friday were more than 18" deep and some were frozen-tundra one-half inch deep.
We're going with the official, National Weather Service reporting stations reporting and as an example Beech Mountain's official weather station reported 1.8" of "raw snowfall" and yet there was an official observation from the NWS of 6" of snow at Beech. We're going with the official 6".
It's STILL snowing in some locations up around West Virginia and Maryland.
Here's the quick glance at NATURAL SNOWFALL, but you will want to read further or hop straight to the snow report as some areas got a lot of snow but still have a small amount of terrain open.
Wisp Resort - 12" / 52"
All you have to do is look at the above snow totals on the season and you can see that the Maryland, West Virginia and the High Country resorts in Western North Carolina are getting most of the cold and snow, while resorts in Virginia have just been skipped thus far.
We saw 25,351 unique visitors on JUST the LIVE CAMS yesterday! That is second only to the Sandy Superstorm day when we crashed the servers and saw 29,582 visitors before the servers died!
We had another 18,930 visitors on SkiSoutheast.com and our weather network for a season high 44,281 unique visitors on Friday. All we can say is "wow" and we can't wait to see how those numbers skyrocket now that snow and cold is here for awhile!
The cool thing is that more than 60% of our visitors yesterday were NEW! Very cool!
(We'll be out and about today and get you some photos and vids.)
Something is askew...
...Snowshoe on Friday!
*** We are getting hundreds of questions about the webcams. All we can tell you is that Snowshoe is supposedly working on them.
One look at Beech this morning will tell you that winter is here!
Check out our new LIVE CAM at Beech this morning! http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-beech-base-cam.php
Santa will be at Beech Mountain Resort on Friday, December 21st through Sunday, December 23rd. From 3pm to 530pm daily, Santa will be in the View Haus Cafeteria making sure to hear everyone's holiday wishes. On December 22, the View Haus will host a Holiday Sweater Party! From 7pm to 10pm, the View Haus will provide live music from Wise Old River. Holiday Beverages will be on special! Prizes will be awarded for the best holiday sweater outfit.
On December 24, at 430pm a Christmas Eve Service will be held at the ice rink. Participants can enjoy a free hot chocolate to celebrate the holiday.
CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA - 19.2° - 8 of 17 Trails Open - 1/2" of snow, made snow and they have 8 of 17 trails open and will operate for both day and night sessions. Things look REALLY NICE at Cat this AM!
The Rome Pre-Jib is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, December 23.
The ROME SDS Presents the 9th Annual Rome Pre-Jib at Appalachian Ski Mtn!
They are back again this year and are going to have a killer event. This will be a Jam Format rail jam style event including The Jib Snake Run which is guaranteed to be a unique competition experience.
There will be tons of prizes given out including CASH for tricks! $100 up for grabs on 5 different features ($500 total!)
Bring your cameras because best edit submitted to Rome will win a New Board!
The day will finish off right with a FREE BBQ at 4pm at RECESS Ride Shop
You are not going to want to miss this! Going to be better than ever!
Registration is 9:30am – 11am
Contest Starts at 12:00pm (noon)
Event is FREE with the purchase of a lift ticket or your season pass.
The Sugarfest Rail Jam is today Saturday, December 22nd. Contact Mark Newton at Alpine Ski Center for reschedule details. 828-898-9701 x221.
WINTERGREEN RESORT - 19.8° - Trace of new snow - Wintergreen is making snow and looking quite nice and hopes to open perhaps as earlier but at least by December 26th.
MASSANUTTEN RESORT -
OBER GATLINBURG - 26° - No Snow - Tubing is open and If the predicted weather holds, they anticipate opening the slopes this Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9am. Please check back tomorrow for an updated report! THINK COLD!
THE HOMESTEAD RESORT - 26° - Making snow and saw a TRACE of snow and perhaps will see a little more of a trace this morning. They hope to open soon.
WOLF RIDGE RESORT - 17° - 1.8" of Snow - Tubing opening today and skiing will begin on Sunday. They finally have their camera running although it cuts you off after about 20 seconds of viewing and they give you a 320 x 240 view from way back.
BRYCE RESORT - 30° - They are making snow but only up top as the temps are borderline right now.
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