It Is What It Is

Usually I’m pretty stoked for Fridays.  I’m still looking forward to the weekend, but man this weather is bumming me out.  I’m looking out my window right now and the dreary, grey skies are not putting me in a good mood at all right now.  Neither is the lack of cold/snow or the prospect of a wet Saturday.  Brad Panovich sent us his latest skier forecast.  This is only for the squeamish.

Alright, it’s not really that bad.  The couple of cold blasts we’ve seen so far this year have just been teasing me.  I’m ready for continued cold and snow.  At least I’ll have time tomorrow to work on my board.  It’s got a MASSIVE core shot in it and I think I’m going to take it to Alpine Ski Center down in Charlotte.

If you are heading out this weekend, I’ll say that Sunday looks much better than Saturday.  MUCH better.  It looks like sunshine will return so that is good news.  Might not be a bad day and I’m considering heading to App.  We shall see.

As Brad mentioned, next week looks more promising.  Colder temps look set to return and there’s even the possibility of a little bit of natural snow depending on whose forecast you look at.  That combined with resumed snowmaking and I think next Friday’s First Trax will be a lot more fun to write.

Before I go, I’ll just recap the list of who’s open, who’s not, and who’s opening when.

App is Open for Day and Night Sessions
Beech is Open for Day Sessions
Cat is Open for Day Sessions
Sugar is Open for Day and Night Sessions
Sapphire Valley Opens December 20th
Wolf…who the heck knows.  I’ve received a few emails from readers with some interesting rumors about the Wolf.

Ober is Open for Tubing

Bryce is Open Saturday and Sunday For Day Sessions
Massanutten is Open Saturday and Sunday for Day Sessions
Wintergreen is Open Saturday and Sunday for Day Sessions
The Homestead…Opening in the Coming Weeks

Snowshoe is Open for Day Sessions
Winterplace, Timberline, and Canaan All Open Next Weekend

Wisp Opens Next Weekend

So there you have it.  There’s actually a good bit of places to choose from this weekend.  Next weekend will be even better.  I promise.

Mike’s with you guys this weekend.  Think cold and snow!

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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]