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Rudy Ryback

Rudy Ryback
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Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.

A little gloom, but no doom . . .

Well, today isn't exactly the best day to pull images from the cameras, but it's still worth a look. In fact, according to our own Brad Panovich, it appears that we will have a nice turn around early to mid-next week. If you haven't had...

Base-depths are nearly bombproof

Last night put a little spell (temperature inversion) on just about every resort in the region. No worries though, because the base depths are nearly bombproof . . . for now.The extended forecast looks wet, in most places, so get some while you can!VA...

The resorts are getting super-charged

Something I forgot to mention yesterday is the positive impact a good snowfall has on a ski resort, with respect to snow making. At many (if not most) ski resorts in the Southeast, the largest expenditure is going to be snow-making. There is just no way around...

The Snowy Aftermath

The aftermath of Winter Storm Diego has left the regions ski resorts in a very healthy state. Many of the resorts have capitalized on this storm as a way to:Increase Trail Counts - seeing unprecedented slope totals for this time of the year ...

Epic!!!

I made it out to Cataloochee this weekend. Saturday was really nice especially between around 2:30 to 4:30pm. By that time, nearly 3 to 4" had accumulated, which was a nice prelude to Sunday.On Sunday, after having to cross-country ski down my hill to...

Best Friday to date, Hands Down!

Good morning,With the pending winter storm (and excitement) on the horizon, today is actually the best Friday to date. Remember, just last Friday was "Meh . . ." with warm temps and heavy rain. The marked improvement from just a week ago is palpable.Let's...

Snowmaking was ON last night!

Good Morning,"Get ready for a huge taste of winter this weekend, someone is getting a storm to tell their kids about Sunday - Monday" -Brad Panovich.Overnight provided some great opportunities for some snowmaking throughout the entire region. Nearly all the resorts were in that...