SkiSoutheast.com Columnist - SkiNorthCarolina.com Columnist
We are proud of the growth of SkiNorthCarolina.com and SkiSoutheast.com and we are proud to incorporate more input from our featured columnists. The following SkiNC and SkiSoutheast Columnists contribute many informative and entertaining articles throughout the season.

Mike Doble

Mike DobleMike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2500 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 24 states and several countries.

He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well.

Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams—and oh yes...Snow Skiing!

During other seasons Mike is heavily involved in promoting tourism via websites such as www.GolfNorthCarolina.com, www.GolfSC.com, www.HighCountryWebCams.com, www.LowCountryWebCams.com, www.HighCountryWeather.com and many more. Email mike at mike@appnet.com
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Joe Stevens

Joe StevensJoe is well known around the southeastern ski circles. Stevens was Director of Communications at Snowshoe Mountain Resort for 16 seasons with another 15 years prior to that in Richmond, Virginia newsrooms. Joe serves on numerous boards and committees and currently is a spokesperson for the West Virginia ski areas.

Joe has been a featured columnist on SkiSoutheast since 2005 and has written numerous articles for us, as well as for others promoting all of the southeastern ski resorts. Joe resides in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife, Angie, and son, Christian. He is an avid snowboarder and marathon runner.

Stevens formed The Media Center, with partner Dan Shreve in October 2005 to assist partners in managing their corporate message. The Media Center is a multi-faceted communications and production business in Charleston designed to help companies, government agencies or others to access and communicate with the media.

The Media Center's satellite truck has performed uplinks for CNN, CBS, NFL Network, ABC, The Weather Channel, etc.

Joe Stevens and Mike Doble formed a friendship several years ago and Joe's insight, experience and knowledge of the industry has been a great asset to the website. Joe's column is "Joe Knows Snow"—and we say, "Why, YES he does!"

Visit the Media Center's website at TheMediaCenter222.com You can write to Joe at joe_stevens@skisoutheast.com.

Joe is pictured on the right with his son, Christian. Joe Stevens, a member of the southeast ski industry since 1990 is a regular columnist for SkiSoutheast.com and serves as the Communications Director for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.
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Communications Director, Kenny 'theKENDOG' Griffin

Kenny GriffinKenny grew up in Concord, which is right outside of Charlotte. He just graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology. Kenny says, "I love all aspects of weather and it is a perfect field for me as it goes hand in hand with my favorite activity…SNOWBOARDING! I have only been boarding for about four or five years now but in that time I have become completely addicted to it and am hooked for life."

Kenny shared that he used to be a total beach bum and even lived on Wrightsville Beach for a few years before visiting the High Country for the first time. He shared this all-too-familiar sentiment, "Now, I can’t get enough of the mountains. I am excited to be up here now and can’t wait to explore all that the region has to offer."

In his own words...

"I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in.

I’m sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!

Kenny joined our staff to take over the daily snow reporting and FirsTrax column as well as handling the communications with the ski resort management and marketing people. He's also our resident weather guru plugging content into HighCountryWeather.com and is also handling the day to day operations of HighCountryWebCams.com. We're excited that Kenny is a new member of our staff. He's obviously excited about being an integral part of our future growth and we look forward to the next years with him as a part of our staff.

You can email Kenny directly at: kenny@skisoutheast.com
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Meteorologist Brad Panovich

Joe StevensBrad began providing weather input for us and our visitors several years back when he was doing weekend weather for WCNC, NBC 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He's been a fan of the website for years and mentioned us on the air numerous times and during the 2008 season he began providing us with invaluable Winter Forecasts and forecast video input.

We asked Brad to join our staff prior to the 2009-2010 season to provide our visitors with video forecast updates every other morning throughout the season and those video updates are one of the more popular page visits each day since.  Here's some more information on our snow loving weather guy!


In his own words:


Growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio I've always been fascinated by severe weather. I love thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes. My parents thought I was crazy, but they soon realized I really loved this stuff!

By the time I was 6 years old I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist. I wanted to be a scientist, not some "TV weather guy," I wanted to chase storms and do research. Plus, those TV guys were always wrong and really weren't trained meteorologists (so I thought - wrongly, as it turned out some were). But at Copley High School in Copley, Ohio I got to take part in a mentorship program with a TV meteorologist and a National Weather Service meteorologist. I was really blown away by all the computers and technology the TV meteorologist used; and I really enjoyed making graphics. Not to mention the thing I love about weather the most is sharing my passion with others, even if they think I'm kind of strange.

I then picked my college based on the meteorology program. So naturally I attended The Ohio State University (by the way, 2002 National Champs in Football!). During my junior and senior years at OSU I was able to chase tornadoes with my fellow students and professors during Spring quarter. It was the best spring break I could have imagined.

After OSU I landed a job at the NBC station in Dayton, Ohio doing the morning shift. Soon another station came calling -- this time a smaller market FOX affiliate that offered a unique opportunity. They asked me to start an entire weather department from the ground up. I was to be their first Chief Meteorologist in Traverse City, Michigan. Talk about snow!

Now I am happy to be here at WCNC-TV as part of the First Warn Storm Team. I really love Charlotte and the proximity to the mountains and the beach. I'm an avid outdoor adventurer and the Carolinas provide me and wife Tammy and my dog lots of places to explore.

When I'm not working I still follow the weather, it's a passion that I've luckily turned into a career. I love biking, golfing, hiking and playing soccer and basketball.

If you see me around, feel free to ask me about the weather. It's my favorite topic of conversation. Follow Brad on Twitter at: twitter.com/WXBRAD
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Connie Lawn & Charles Sneiderman

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Connie Lawn is known in some circles as "the skiing White House reporter". Connie is the longest serving independent White House correspondent. In a career that has included authoring a book (“You Wake Me Each Morning”), she has faithfully reported from the White House for U.S. Presidential administrations from Lyndon Johnson through the present! She has been covering the White House and the world since 1968. She's also written blogs for several newspapers and ski websites.

Connie travels extensively and is an avid fan of all things snow. She's a strong proponent of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic ski resorts and spends a fair amount of time on the snow. Her passion for skiing and the mountains has become more intense over the last few years and she posts columns for the Huffington Post as well as doing a Washington based radio show. Her book, "You Wake Me Each Morning" was recently published and available on Amazon.com and in addition to covering numerous subjects she included a funny ski story about a trip to Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Connie skis the local areas and, when possible the West, New England, New Zealand, and Europe.

Charles Sneiderman is a great photographer and has contributed a number of photos for us here at SkiSoutheast.com. Charles just retired after 30 years with the NIH. He is a product of medical education and early practice in North and South Carolina and loves that part of the country. Connie wanted us to emphasize that Charles helps to co-write her story/contributions, takes the photos and serves as tech support when their computers act up.

Charles and Connie have a special interest in the Wounded Warrior and Adaptive programs and try to write as much content as possible about them

You can see Connie's post periodically throughout the season from the front page and you can email her at connielawn@aol.com
 
 
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