Great First Weekend of Skiing at Cataloochee – by Gresham Barker

I met up with a bunch of folks from the message board today up at Cat. Conditions are amazing. Last year, Jasen Vioral, Joe Harmon, and myself treated ourselves to a November 18th shredding of Sugar Mountain, relishing in the earliest opening date in NC in a very long time…well, that was 2005 and its long gone. Today, November 5, 2006 we strapped them on for one more great season of skiing in the North Carolina mountains. On the second day of a record breaking opening weekend, Cat’s lifts were spinning on their earliest opening date in their existence. It is unbelievable to see what the staff at Cataloochee has managed to do this time. Although skiing and riding was limited to Rabbit Hill and Easy Way at the unofficial favorite hill of the skinc.com messageboarders, I don’t think I can recall when I’ve had a better time. The sun was out, people were amped up to be on the hill, and the mood was contagious. In a matter of two nights, Cataloochee’s employees have managed to lay down 1′-2′ of man made sweetness that had people flying down the hill all day. Cat brought out the groomers Sunday morning and created a sweet corduroy blanket for all those who decided to flock to the hill. I stepped in the office to speak with Tammy Brown, and before I could get a word out of my mouth, she slung both arms around me and thanked me and the rest of the crew for coming out and celebrating with them. The management is as excited about this ski season as the Cat Crew is! A big congrats goes out to Cataloochee and all their employees for getting things kicked off right, once again. Messageboarders in attendance: GaTom & Son, Mr. Stinky & Son, SkiMastercraft, MellowYellow, SKISC, ASC, bamaskiier, GreshamB, skiing rules, skiatlanta…I have attached some pictures…There are two great shots of Mellow Yellow

Editor’s Note:  Great report Gresham!