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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.

Fair Weather Fans!

That WICKED WIND subsided late yesterday afternoon and everything was back to normal pretty quickly. The cold air continued to envelop the region last night with temps hovering about the same for two consecutive nights. Around ten resorts were able to lay down a...

A blue sky and blustery day

*Many resorts are on a Wind Hold this morning . . . see below for details* We are locked into some cold air and the (wonderful) return of snow making conditions. I counted 9 resorts that are currently, or did, make snow overnight. Even the...

On the Up-and-Up

I think there is this perception that after Presidents Day Weekend, things start to go flat. Had the weather not crushed most of NC/TN this week, the argument could be made that that's just not the case. In fact, when you look at trail...

“We will take what we can get!”

Yesterday, I foreshadowed something at Wisp . . . if you get stuck up on the mountain this evening, “Don’t forget to stop in Wispers Bar & Grill to try our famous Maryland Crab Poutine.” Well, that kind of happened as Wisp got inundated with Winter Weather...

Powder Daze!

The Winter Storm (Petra) delivered as most resorts saw the wintry mix beginning yesterday late-afternoon/early evening. Wintergreen and Hot Springs (a.k.a. Homestead) saw the heaviest and quickest accumulations forming with 6" being reported at both places! Massanutten saw 3+" (with more snow falling today, likely),...

Mucho Snow Incoming!

Last night a few resorts reported a healthy bit of snow with Snowshoe getting 2", while Canaan, Timberline, and Wisp all receiving about an inch. The other nicety is that probably 2/3 of the resorts that didn't receiving the natural stuff, made snow. Specifically, Cataloochee made...

George Washington declares . . . “Go skiing this weekend!”

Today/Tonight is the kick-off to the Presidents' Weekend celebration at all resorts in the region. It's a really nice time of the year to brush-off that 'cabin fever', as the days are getting noticeably longer and winter's chill is a little less harsh.That will...

Love your local ski resort Today!

Today could be called a 'manufactured' holiday . . . or . . . it could be a day to HIT THE SLOPES. However you look at it, it's gonna be a pretty awesome day all around.Just a touch of snowfall to report ....

Catching their breath

Some resorts are catching their breath for a minute before the onslaught of the 1-2 punch . . . V-Day and Presidents Weekend. By 'catch their breath', I mean just a couple of trail/tubing closures AND/OR taking advantage of this opportunity to make some high quality snow. Most...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Last night we saw just a trace of snow in only the northern most part of the region. That quickly turned though, as David Lesher of Canaan Mountain Snow writes, "Freezing rain and some sleet overnight as temperatures fell to 29F. Daylight showed a...