An Interesting Week Ahead..

Monday, Monday, Monday.  Another weekend has come and gone…and much too quickly!  Luckily, it’s a short week ahead as Turkey Day is Thursday.  There’s also the fact that we have a very interesting weather situation ahead this week.  If you’re traveling anywhere in the Northeast you’re screwed.  If you’re staying at home or headed to ski or snowboard, you’re going to love it.

I’ll get to the weather stuff in a minute but I figured I’d talk about the weekend…mainly just Saturday as yesterday was kind of a washout.  Saturday was awesome!  I made it out to Appalachian Ski Mountain and was not disappointed, except for the fact that I crashed Mike’s drone.  Yup, first time he lets me fly the dang thing and I crash it.  I flew it once and got some sweet footage from the parking lot, but as soon as I took it up on the slopes it went up up and away….right into the woods.  I have no idea what happened.  Luckily, I found it and I think it just needs some new props.

Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one with a drone out there.  Jordan Nelson of Nelson Aerials joined me and brought his ridiculously pimped out drone out there and got some GREAT footage.  Check out the video he made!

That is an amazing video.  The guy has talent and knows his stuff too.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of the videos that he makes for us this year.

That video shows just how good it was on Saturday.  Blue skies, comfy temps, and great snow.  You can’t ask for much more.  It looks like the situation was similar at Sugar.  Messageboard member davidski posted a trip report and it shows some quality conditions.

He had nothing but praise for Gunther’s Way either.

I was there when they peeled back the closed net for Gunther’s way. It is an excellent run, best in NC I think. Very steep at points, like you have to work to dial back your speed kind of steep, or not.

I can’t wait to bomb that run, and I might even have some pow on it come Thursday…

Bryce Resort appears to have had a successful opening day on Saturday as well.  Check out some photos from their Facebook page.

Bryce is closed for now.  They haven’t posted a re-opening date, but I’m guessing it’ll be Friday and I feel very confident that they’ll definitely be open for the Thanksgiving weekend.


The ski areas look like they are going to luck out and get a decent dose of some natural snow for Thanksgiving this year.  An area of low pressure is going to form off the Georgia coast on Tuesday and track up the eastern seaboard.  This spells TROUBLE for folks who are traveling in the Northeast, but it’s awesome for the rest of us as it looks like almost all of the resorts in the region are going to see some snow.  How much snow?  It’s still kind of early to tell as the temperature profile is going to be borderline.  A change in a few degrees is going to make a big difference.

I will say that I’m highly, highly contemplating riding Thursday afternoon and I’m definitely riding Friday at Beech.  It’s shaping up to be a great holiday weekend on the slopes.  I can’t wait!  If you missed it, here’s a round up of opening dates and what not for the ski areas.

Mike has you guys tomorrow, I’ll be back on Wednesday!

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, 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!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]