Great Conditions on the On Snow Reports

Jeremy Dickerson reports from Hawksnest:

What a wonderful day! Yesterday and today were amazing t shirt days at hawksnest! My favorite kinda day! the weather definitely started taking its toll on the slope this past week. We rode hawksnest everyday this week and the rain and sunshine everyday really started to weaken the snow. Once the rain cleared earlier this week the snow (what was left) became super mushy, wet, or icy. Due to conditions the slopes were almost clear of all people. Never was there a line at the lifts or the bar. I love these kinda conditions! sunny days and smiling faces! Nothing beats it! The conditions at Hawksnest are as stands…… the snow was melting this week, some trails closed, there was grass and mud in areas, However the park is still open and the crew does a wonderful job on it everyday, You’ll find them out there all day continually working to make sure its safe and fun! ive yet to find this at another resort, employees on and off the clock, guests and everyone pitch in the fix kickers and landings in the park! Thanks hawksnest for such a friendly atmosphere. As I headed down the mountain at around 330 today it finally started to snow! lets all pray more is on the way! until this weekend! take care

Lorrie Tomlinson was at Ski Beech:

At the traffic light by the Corner Palate, we found our car behind a VW Passat. No exaggeration, this small red car slowed to 8mph in the turns as we climbed Beech Mountain. When this driver reached the area where there is a slow lane, my tension eased a little. The car then occupied both lanes, making passing impossible. If I was in possession of my 2005 W-2 records, I could have completed my taxes during the drive to Ski Beech.
 
When we finally made it to the parking lot, the roar of the snow guns greeted us. The number of vehicles indicated a large crowd. The dense fog limited visibility and we could not distinguish if all the people were guys enjoying the Men’s Day special or if some women had also joined in on the fun. The conditions were slushy, even with the guns blasting fresh snow. Some areas were thin, so snow making was welcomed. Around 2:30pm, the lift on the far right, that runs adjacent to White Lightning, quit working. The double lift from the bottom of Southern Star was then opened. Lift lines were long and the wait was similar to Christmas week, at times. The temperature was steadily decreasing and dropped from 34 to 28 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. In the words of Bugs Bunny, That’s All Folks!

On-Snow Reporters:

We will keep a log of the best reporter’s submission, photos and reports. Trust us it is way to time consuming to post every pic…but send them…because we are tallying the scores.  The winner of the Best On Snow Reporter for 2005-2006 will win $1000 in cash, a FREE Getaway Vacation and more.  The contest will run from now through March 1st and we will choose the winner.  Our choice will be based on the following and IN THE ORDER of importance.

Quality of Photos
Quality of Reports (well written, informative, unbiased)
Number of Photo Submissions
Number of Reports

Extra points will be given for getting smiling faces in the photos and including names and cities where you can.

Extra points will be awarded for creative ideas.

We will choose the winner based on how helpful and informative the reports have been.

As of 01/06/2006 here are the top vote getters. (We will only document the top three to five here throughout the season…and we may begin posting the top ten, depending on how close results are.)

1. Lorrie Tomlinson
2. Mark McKelvy
3. Kent Jackson
4. Dave McConnell

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.