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Cataloochee Ski Area Opens for the 2013-2014 Ski and Snowboarding Season!
11.14.13 07:49 AM
Story by Mike Doble - firstname.lastname@example.org
Good morning people! It is hard to believe that ski and snowboarding season is here, isn't it? Cataloochee Ski Area in b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Maggie Valley, North Carolina opens for the season today and they will do it in style by going from "zero-to-6" in one day. They began making snow a couple of evenings ago and just two days and change later they now have a base of 18-36" of manmade snow covering 6 of their 17 trails.
Cataloochee was making snow at 8:42am as seen on the Hemphill Live Cam. See it by clicking here!
Sugar Mountain this AM...
While chatting up Cataloochee, I think that one of the coolest things I've seen in recent years is Cataloochee's "One Run Refund" policy that the instituted last season. It's pretty simple really. Purchase a lift pass and go hit the slopes. If you are not satisfied with the conditions after your first run (within 30 minutes of purchasing the pass) your money will be refunded. Very cool indeed.
Cataloochee will be giving away a season pass by random drawing to someone who purchases a ticket today! If you are one of the first skiers and snowboarders to hit the mountain today...your odds are pretty sweet to win a pass that will let you enjoy the awesome slopes of Cataloochee all season long!
I reported that Cataloochee began making snow late on Tuesday when temps dipped to snowmaking range. At 1am Wednesday morning Tammy Brown posted via Facebook that the temperature was 11° up there. That, my friends, is optimal snowmaking quality temperatures.
On Wednesday morning (when I posted the first snow report of the season) I witnesses 11° temperatures up at the base of Sugar Mountain when I snapped a few photos from over there. The temperature was 8° at the top of the mountain. Grandfather Mountain, which kind of "peeks" over Sugar Mountain saw a 2° natural temp on Tuesday evening.
This morning as I drove in to work it was 14° over at Valle Crucis and yet it is 21.4° atop the summit of Grandfather this morning and now 32.5° at the summit of Sugar Mountain. So those snowguns will probably turn off in just a bit which will make skiing and snowboarding at Cataloochee and Sugar Mountain awesome.
Again Cataloochee will be riding and playing on 6 trails as Sugar Mountain goes with their two main trails coming from the three-quarter station. That's a lot of skiable terrain for day two of the season. Enjoy it while it lasts peeps...
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