We have a fair amount to cover this morning and the BIG news is the weather swings that we’re in for, so I’m going to dive right in this morning. I’m swamped today so I’m compiling the morning update for both SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com this morning.
The Question of the Day is “Will the Ski Areas Stay Open Through the Next Expected Mild Up?”
We had a run on the question late yesterday and overnight. I counted them and 64 individuals asked nearly that same question. The answer is unknown to all but God and the mountain managers at each resort. We KNOW that most all of the resorts have an expected date that they will attempt to reach, however they always temper those announcements with “weather permitting”. THAT is the question as a lot of you must be looking at the long range weather forecasts. Before we play Nostradamus, let’s get to another couple of needed statements.
First, enjoy TODAY – what is today’s to enjoy! The conditions should be pretty nice at all resorts as Ski Beech in North Carolina made snow and the temps in the Western North Carolina are in the 20s, which means that with some grooming (which all did) conditions will be s-w-e-e-t as my six year old likes to say. Massanutten and Wintergreen made snow as well and they are certainly in great shape for this weekend’s enjoyment as well.
The dogs – I mean resorts in West Virginia are actually enjoying some snow since yesterday and Andrea Smith with Snowshoe is reporting 2” of snow already with more falling.
So the weekend ahead should be GREAT no matter where you go. Resorts WILL BE MAKING SNOW as temps allow and if you’ll check the forecast for the weekend there are PLENTY of overnight snowmaking ops for the resorts.
…and THEN what? Obviously a lot of people have been looking at the long range forecast and all we can say is that resorts into
So the IDEA is that resorts will stay open through their hoped for closing dates. However one look at the forecast will tell you that Mother Nature might have other plans to bring Spring in a little early. Officials at Ober Gatlinburg in
None of the resort’s managers are showing their hand quite yet but there’s some talk going around that they are struggling with those decisions with an eye on the weather and the financial statements! So our recommendation is to get out and enjoy what should be a GREAT weekend of skiing with VERY NICE CONDITIONS. If you can’t make it this weekend, then try to hit your favorite resort during the next week. Expect sweet conditions this weekend no matter WHERE you choose to ski. Expect more loose, Spring-like conditions through next week and the following weekend. The great conditions of this weekend will look 180° different as some thin coverage and bare spots will begin to show, particularly at some of the
Old Man Winter usually dumps some of the best snows of the season in March and if any of you will look back to last season…we had MOST of our snow during that time. However, as we have said on MANY occasions this season – it has been a season of PERFECT TIMING. Perfectly timed snow and cold snaps have kept all resorts looking good most all season long. We’re going to have to see what the timing is for the days AFTER March 12th (that’s the last day of our long range weather outlook) to determine how the resorts will play their remaining cards.
Many of those who emailed yesterday asked us for our take on it. Right now, it’s too hard to predict. Based on what we’re seeing RIGHT NOW…the
So keep an eye on the weather and your computer tuned to SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SKINC RACERS JAKE PARRISH AND LINDSEA LUMPKIN!!
We have bragged a couple of times this season on Jake Parrish, the young teen that SKINC sponsors. Jake will be racing in
We also just heard from Tommy Lumpkin, snowboarder Lindsea Lumpkin’s dad, about the fact that Lindsea won two more GOLD MEDALS in
Lindsea will be competing in the Nationals at Northstar at Tahoe on March 22-April 2nd. Tommy promised us some photos from the events with Lindsea representing SKINC with her hoodie and SkiNC stickers so we’re looking forward to that! So our SkiNC sponsored athletes are excelling again this season!
One of these days when Lindsea and Jake are competing on television they will be able to say that their FIRST sponsor was us! This is the third season that Lindsea has gained sponsorship with SkiNC and we hope to be able to continue to support these fine young people!
Until Next Time!
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