12:29pm Update: We have had several people ask us about The Oz Run at Ski Beech. The slope is CLOSED but not because of snow. Gil Adams told us, "There is plenty of snow on Oz. We are experiencing a problem with the lift and that is why it was closed yesterday. We are working on it, but we have no timeline at this point. We have no idea as yet about whether it will be running for this weekend."
Boy oh Boy did it feel like Spring when I stepped out of the door this morning! The light under-developed snow was falling and the temperature was right about 47° as I drove to work. As I write this morning update at 8:15am, the sun is now out and it is really quite beautiful.
Don’t be fooled because Old Man Winter is lurking just a few hours away! COLD and snow is in the forecast for this President’s Day Weekend. Just how much snow is a little bit of a question as the weather gurus are not in alignment this morning. These guys bicker amongst themselves sometimes and right now some are saying that we’ll see 2-4” of snow over the weekend with a fair chance of more than that. Some are saying that we’ll have less than an inch or so of snow and some sleet or freezing rain thrown in from now through Monday.
Our buddy Brad Panovich says that we’ll see 2-4” of snow throughout and cold enough temperatures to keep it to an all snow event through Tuesday. He even says that there’s a good chance of more snow than that! We’re sidin’ with our man Brad.
If you’re making the trip up today, don’t leave home without the extra layers of protective ski gear and clothing because you’re going to need it.
Let’s Get On With the News of today:
Cataloochee is already talking about next season! I was communicating with Tammy Brown last night as she was burning some midnight oil along with yours truly and she said she would be starting the day today by skiing with the Live at 5 television crew at 4am this morning! So by now, some of them have been at the slopes for four hours already! Cataloochee has been on a roll this season and everyone is wanting to join in on the fun!
Tammy wanted us to spread the word about their Monster Season Pass Sale that will take place on Sunday, March 5th from 8:30am until 4:30pm. They did this last season and it was a huge success and we want to AGAIN let you guys know that you can save big on your season’s pass for the 2006-2007 season!
Tammy said, “In conjunction with Spring Frolic here and Oldies 96.5 Radio, we will again be kicking off our Monster Season Pass Sale on Sunday, March 5, from 8:30am until 4:30pm. Season passes will be on sale beginning that Sunday for the lowest price they will be for this year and for next season. Persons purchasing a pass on Sunday will be able to ski on that pass until the end of THIS season as well as next season under the parameters of the pass they purchase. Passes prices will go up on April 1.”
On that Sunday only, we will also offer our big ONE DAY sale on Midweek Season Passes for only $96.50. You can purchase this pass in person or over the phone with a credit card.
A $96.50 midweek seasonal pass will entitle you to the following:
►Skiing anyday including March 5 through the end of the 2005/2006 season, this includes Saturdays and Sundays through March 26, 2006.
►Skiing anyday except Saturdays and designated holiday periods (this would include Thanksgiving holiday) prior to the beginning of the holiday period on December 16, 2006
►Skiing during the holiday periods of December 16 through January 1, from 6pm until 10pm.
►Skiing post holiday period, which begins on January 2, 2007, on any non-holiday Monday through Friday day, twilights or nights except for January 12 and January 15 for MLK and February 16 and February 19 for President’s Day, when you may ski from 6pm until 10pm.
Any questions? Call Cataloochee at 800-768-0285
There’s been a lot of talk about the great improvements in the conditions this season up at Hawksnest. As they have always said, “Ski the Difference” and this season there HAS been a difference. Part of it is quite simply that they are closing the slopes between sessions for grooming. Many people have emailed though and if you haven’t skied or snowboarded the Nest this season, you should give them a try and find out what everyone is talking about!
Hawksnest is open tonight and Saturday until Midnight and TOP GUN is open, as well as their devoted terrain park on Sock-Em-Dog. Go experience the largest terrain park in the state.
Our guys at
Ski Beech rather quietly, with no fanfare, opened the Oz Run the other day for the first time in quite some time (maybe two years) and they also very quietly closed it. There will be NO OZ RUN open today. The word is that they will begin making snow tonight and should be able to make snow around the clock for a few days and that The Oz Run may reopen as early as Saturday. We’ll keep you posted. The Oz Run is a popular run, but it also serves to disperse the crowds better on busy weekends like we have ahead of us for President’s Day. One other quick note on Ski Beech. A few people emailed us about hitting up Ski Beech on Monday for Ladies Day. Monday is a holiday and there will be no freebies on Monday. Ladies Day will resume the following Monday.
Wolf Laurel is looking quite nice today. They have groomed all 12 trails for some sweet skiing and snowboarding today.
Until Next Time!
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