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MLK WEEKEND IS HERE...AND IT WILL BE A RECORD BREAKER...
01.18.14 08:40 AM
Report by - Mike Doble firstname.lastname@example.org
This is only my SECOND snow report of FirsTrax column of the season as Tim Bahlke (mostly) and Kenny Griffin have done an awesome job of keeping you guys informed. Since I've been "off the grid" as far as being in regular communication with you guys I thought I'd go out on a limb and go ahead and predict that the MLK Weekend WILL go down as the busiest on record for many ski resorts in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.
My reasons are pretty straightforward. The weather setup was/is almost perfect with 4-7" of snow having fallen across the highest elevations...yet the roads will be crystal clear for the crowds headed to the mountains. The conditions at ALL of your favorite ski areas are awesome. The news media (weather peeps) have been showing our LIVE CAMS at ResortCams.com more times recently than Pamela Anderson has shown her boobs. That always gets people excited to head up. (The snow reporting I mean.)
So expect the slopes to be FULL and be patient if you're headed to any of the area's ski resorts today as there WILL BE some longer-than-usual lift lines.
You guys know me. I'm a snow-reporting savant. In this case I'm using the word definition "to know" or "knowing". Yes, here at SkiSoutheast.com-land we ARE the all-knowing, hardly ever wrong, beast of the east when it comes to accurately reporting where the natural snow has fallen and HOW MUCH snow has fallen.
To that end - AND because we are now RIGHT AT the midway point in the season (I could hear the moans and groans!) I thought I'd provide a little overview of snowfall on the season.
64.1" - Canaan Valley
As usual, Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline in West Virginia lead the way in natural snowfall on the season, with Wisp coming in with the 4th most snowfall thus far on the season. However, there are some oddities in where and how much snow has fallen at other locations around the region. Most often Appalachian and Cat would have more snowfall that Wolf or Ober...but that's not the case so far on the season.
I'm doing the snow report and conditions this morning in alphabetical order as I usually do, but I've pulled a few out of that order where the deepest snows fell overnight.
Sugar Mountain's staff is reporting 4" this morning.
It was snowing rather hard at Wolf Ridge Resort when I checked in on their reporting and the new LIVE STREAMING CAM that we have over there now. Kudos to Craig Perkings and his staff as they have implemented a new management team over their which is a mix of the best of the old with the new. Craig hinted that they are very close to announcing a new marketing director for Wolf. He did tell me where he came from and it is exciting to see that Wolf is really kicking things up. I've seen lots of emails regarding how nice the snow is over there.
Beech Mountain is also continuing on their path of really amping things up with great snow coverage, snow making, manintenance and tons of well-thought-out entertainment to keep their guest happy and coming back.
Sugar Mountain Resort - 2.6° - 4" of new snow; 7" recent - 44-96" base. Ice skating and tubing are open as well. 29" of natural snow on the season.
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