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President's Weekend Will be Awesome! Hit the slopes!
02.16.13 09:06 AM
WATCH THE SAPPHIRE VALLEY OUTHOUSE RACES TODAY ONLINE AT 2pm or so! See notes below!
There is no question that the resorts from Winterplace Resort north (Canaan Valley, Snowshoe, Timberline and Wisp) have had the greatest benefit from the well timed weather of this season, but really all of the ski resorts of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic have done well.
Although all of the resorts got a very late start and even though there has been more rain than we'd all want to talk about, the crazy (and wonderful) news is that most every weekend and EVERY HOLIDAY weekend have been great in terms of weather, snow, slopes open and resulting bookings.
I was speaking with Timberline's Tom Blanzy earlier this week and he shared that there wasn't a room available on the mountain for this weekend. You could ditto that for Snowshoe and probably that or close to that for all of the ski areas.
As if on cue, SNOW began to fall again on Friday. We call it ambience snow because it wasn't the kind of snow that scares visitors away. Cold temps also filtered in late in the day prompting resorts to crank up the snowguns. The even better news is that most resorts, especially those in the High Country of North Carolina and West Virginia have so much snow that they are not going to be making snow during open sessions.
At 4pm Friday I was checking around the LIVE CAMS and it was puking snow at Snowshoe, Timberline and Canaan. (More about the Canaan Cam in a moment.) By late Friday evening it was dumping snow here in Boone, Blowing Rock and Beech Mountain as well.
As you guys know, we own www.ResortCams.com and we're always mentioning the many LIVE CAMS across the region because there really isn't a better way to show what's happpening at the resorts and across the highways of the area. We have a new cam at Canaan Valley, and it IS running, but unfortunately we are still a few days away from being able to coordinate the configuring of it. Right now it is showing some GREAT IMAGES, but it is upside down! We'll get that working this week.
Also for those who have emailed us about the "other two Snowshoe Cams" - yes we had a camera running for a couple of days at the BoatHouse down on Shavers Lake and at the bottom of Ballhooter and over at Silvercreek, however the internet connectivity up at Snowshoe just won't allow for those additional cams. So we're working with their IT department to implement additional locations on the mountain between now and Memorial Day this summer. We're excited about some new locations there after they get some new connectivity arranged. Thanks to Frank DeBerry, David Dekema and George Murphy up there to work with us and get those going.
We're promoting Sapphire Valley first for an unusual event and some technology fun today. TODAY Sapphire will be hosting their Outhouse Races on the slopes and they are telecasting them LIVE at 2:15pm. You can watch it LIVE ONLINE right here:
SkiSoutheast.com can broadcast LIVE EVENTS these days, however this is NOT being broadcasted by us...so if the quality is great, Sapphire gets the credit. If not, you get the drift (don't email us)!
This is the 7th Annual Great Sapphire Outhouse Race - Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 pm! - so check it out!
3" of New Snow; 7" this week and 114" on the season. Snowshoe is still seeing heavy snow this AM and conditions simply could not be much better. We received this note from SS this morning:
"Mountaineer Parks has opened our brand new Skill Builder Park at Silver Creek. It is built on a concept that we call “Terrain Based Learning." The park has very gentle rollers, mellow banked turns and small basic shapes. These elements help teach the core elements of skiing and riding. There are no rails, boxes or jumps. This is a great place for all skiers and riders to hone their skills and build to the next level."
...Homestead this morning
I had been looking at the website and report that has been running all season at www.TimberlineResort.com/winter which is the old format! This new one is crazy great and frankly I think most ski resorts should go to this report format. Very cool. Check out the LIVE CAM at: http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-timberline.php
EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a note about the fact that Davis, WV which is home to both Timberline and Canaan Valley Resorts has seen 43.4" of snow since February 1st! and 133.1" on the season!
...Beech Mountain this morning.
Terrain Park is open as well.
We have to give some amazing kudos to the staff of Ober this season as they have done some MAGIC with snow on that mountain this season. I don't know what they are doing and using, but they have kept good to great conditions despite less cooperative weather there than across most of the region. Ober is in awesome shape today. John Cossaboom emailed me this morning, "Now that I am on the mtn., I’m revising our trace of NNS to one inch."
Thanks John and the rest of your comment was funny...and I'll keep that between you and I as usual.
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