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THE LAST SKI & SNOWBOARDING WEEKEND FOR SOME RESORTS
03.16.13 08:57 AM
Story by Mike Doble - firstname.lastname@example.org
What a week it has been with SNOW smack dab in the middle of it. 2-3" inches fell on Wednesday morning across the High Country and it was gone about as quickly as it fell when later in the day the sun came out. Friday's warm sun had me and about everyone else in the office suffering from MAJOR SPRING FEVER. I'll admit it - I've been suffering from it for a few days now and I'm ready for some lake time. So much so that when I saw the forecast for cloudy/rainy skies for the NC Mountains I threw some stuff together and headed for our lake house...which is not so much a house as it is a boat. (That's an inside joke.)
I drove by Sugar Mountain on the way to the lake and I have to tell you that it looked as sweet as any peak winter day you'd choose to ride within. Even from the road you could tell that every trail was groomed with some of the sweetest corduroy you'd ever wish to find. Good for them...
I'm doing report from the dock on the bay... Watauga Lakeshore Resort bay that is. The sun is shining this morning and the temps feel pretty mild as I'm typing up this SNOW REPORT from the boat. NOW can you see why I'm having a touch of Spring Fever.
This is the most challenging time of each season. It can be a tough sale to tell you guys who live down in the flatlands that there is SNOW up here in the mountains. That is WHY some ski areas have already called it quits, and others are closing after tomorrow.
There's PLENTY of ski season left if you want to check out our snow report. While Wolf Ridge Resort and Sapphire are already closed for the season, others have one more weekend, some two more weeks left and who knows - perhaps a resort or two will show that damn groundhog who's boss.
For the record, I plan to ski another day or so during this season. So it's not over until we say it's over...or until the last resort standing says it's over. However I'll admit that I'm in the market for a couple of new jet skis. From all indications, it will be cold through the end of the month so check out the conditions for today from around the region!
App is hosting a St. Patty’s Day Jam Session on Sunday. Join them St Patrick’s Day for a fun filled day of park shredding and a shot at winning some great prizes from Grenade and their Alpine Ski Shop!
All ages and abilities are encouraged to sign up for this Jam Session, which will be held in the Appaljack Terrain Park on 4 select features. A short jam session (10-15 minutes) will take place on each feature. The Alpine Ski Shop crew will be on site to award prizes for best trick on each individual feature for both skiers and snowboarders.
Registration is FREE and will be held in the Alpine Ski Shop from 10-Noon. The event will begin around 1pm. The only prerequisite is that all participants must wear green!
See you in the park this St. Patricks Day for this special jam session!
My guys missed this awesome celebration of "Pi Day" on Wednesday, 3.14. Beech showed their sense of humor and snow celebration by creating this little snow creature. Way to go Talia or whoever thought of that.
Sugar has their Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow on the slopes. Kids 12 and under are welcome to participate. The event is free with a valid lift/slope pass. 9 am start. Lots of prizes, even a 2013-14 Sugar Mountain Resort season pass.
There's NEVER any word on Sugar's last day of the season, but if tradition is any indicator, I think they'll ski and ride AT LEAST through March 24th, with a more likely last day for the season being Sunday March 31st. Of course we'll let you know if there's anything different.
Bryce is running an End Of Season Ski Special saying, "Bryce Resort will be open for skiing sn snowboarding during the week of March 18-22, 2013. We will be open from 10-3 daily with a special lift ticket offer of only $20 per day and $20 rentals available."
Not certain but that might mean that their last day is Friday? We'll update you when we can.
We HAVE to give one more plug to that AWESOME slopeside camera that was new this season. Check it at: http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-massanutten-base.php
Also check out this sweet shot after all that snow hit a couple weeks ago!
Wintergreen is playing on as if it's mid-season with this post from this morning, "Skiing, riding and tubing today with 3 expanded terrain parks, 30% discount on lift tickets, midweek tubing rates and 100% of our terrain open! Don't let the March date fool you, we are 100% open with tons of snow! With all of this snow, we plan to ski and ride into late March!"
Well there you go. That will certainly make THEIR season pass holders smile. See that Wolf?
What more do you need to know...to understand what conditions are like witin the "northern tier" of ski resorts for the Southeast and Mid Atlantic? Try this on for size:
6.9" of snow this week
11" of snow still on the ground
192.9" of snow on the season at Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts.
You REALLY need to head that way from time to time. That area is good for the soul.
That's been my favorite ski cam this season. They're all great, but that one has a great vantage point and we'll be adding two more this summer!
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON:
Wolf Ridge Resort: They had previously stated that they would be OPEN this weekend, but in a not-so-surprising move, they changed their minds and closed...making their OFFICIAL last day of the season March 10th, which is not endearing them to their season pass holders.
One of those disgruntled pass holders emailed me this copy/paste from their website:
"Guys, here is a direct quote from WolfNC.com, 'The NEW Wolf Ridge is not just a ski resort anymore and will now be open year round.' Here is their closing comments from yesterday, 'Closed For The Season - The resort has closed for the 2012/2013 ski season. We would like to thank all of you who visited us this year. We hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you again next season.'"
Tyler Brank wrote, "Last to open, first to close. What's new about that?"
Tyler Melton wrote, "Need a better effort next season."
Others weren't so nice...
That's going to do it for me today. Have a sweet one on or off the slopes. There's still little pockets of snow on the ground around the highest elevations of North Carolina and of course more snow on the ground up in West Virginia. Go play in it or on it while you can.
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