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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.

“Don’t Give Up On Winter!”

Last night we saw our first shot of good news in a while, as Canaan, Snowshoe, and T-Line were able to turn the snowguns on. This is encouraging news as we have been in a bit of a lull, weather-wise, for quite sometime now....

Could be better . . .

After the holidays and with the recent unseasonably warm, wet weather, it's good to take stock of of things. Let's go on a visual tour of the 11 resorts that are open today.Might get JUST below freezing tonight in VA:Bryce: still claiming a 40" base. A little thin...

The Fog is Upon Us

The fog is upon us this morning . . . for some, literally, for others figuratively. Most groggy students are back in school, or groggy adults . . . back to work. For those lucky few that venture out to the slopes, it won't...

Ring in the New Year . . . Starting this afternoon!

Even though snowsports are NOT a summer activity, I have always thought of New Years as the 'Fourth of July' for us winter sports enthusiasts. From Fireworks to Bonfires . . . there are many similarities, with festive cheer to be had. This is...

Omni Homestead . . . Open for Snowsports!

Hot Springs, VA - The Omni Homestead winter sports area opens today for skiing, snowboarding, and mini-snowmobiles for 2018-2019!Snow Report:Base: 12" Trails: 2 (open from mid-station) Lifts: 2Hours of operation: Rental Shop 8:30am-5pm, Lift Access 9am-4:30pmA little about Omni Homestead, "The Omni Homestead...

“I may be sweet, but my sugar doesn’t melt!”

Today, I'll try and highlight how LITTLE one rain event impacts the base depths. Most of the resorts only experienced a 1-2" drop in their respective base depths, in the last 24 hours. I always think there is a little misconception that heavy rains, "wash...

Night train or Night rain?

Ahhh . . . night skiing under the stars, as the big full moon is peering up over the horizon. The sound of firm snow under-foot . . . it doesn't get any better. If you haven't experienced it, I urge you to do so.We...

Christmas Plus One

I really hope everyone has been enjoying the Holidays so far . . . I know I have been. For some, it's back to work today. For others . . . these are the days that memories are made.Our Canadian friends to the north...

Winter begins tonight @ 5:23pm . . . Ullr is coming!

Maybe it's almost the eerie way that the full (cold) moon lines-up with the the Winter Solstice this year, but I'll take it. Tonight, we are going to see some light to significant snow accumulations for just about everyone (sorry VA).Today we have to...

Peachy . . .

Let's be honest, usually, by this time of the year we have seen some temporary closings or "suspended ski operations", due to some warm spells, etc. But this year, everything is GENERALLY going as planned. Resorts operate better under these more predictable conditions. I am...