Hello Everyone –.
This is my last column of the year and to cap off the season, I have come up with Joe’s third annual “SNOWY” awards or “SNOWIES” whichever suits you the best. The committee (again just me) picked out ten categories and spent hours upon hours tabulating the results (watching March Madness). So without anymore (thank goodness) fanfare, here are the 2007/2008 season “SNOWIES”.
1. Most Indecisive – For the third year in a row, the winner is our favorite weather person Mother Nature. She teased everyone with a roller coaster season with up and down temperatures and snowfall that had no rhyme or reason.
2. Most Valuable – Without the region’s snowmakers there wouldn’t be any fun on the slopes for skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers. Any more questions.
3. Unsung Hero – Every skier and snowboarder in the region, they believe in southeast winter fun and are on the slopes every day.
4. Most Overrated – Again this year, the 10-day weather forecast. Give it up folks; it’s going to change before it ever happens so don’t overreact.
5. Go For It – Timberline Resort in West Virginia for staying open (April 6) over a month longer than some resorts that closed the first of March.
6. Fighting To The Bitter End – Snowshoe Mountain for making snow when other resorts had packed away the guns and hoses for another season. By continuing to make snow, the skiers and riders in late March had very good conditions.
7. Most Patience – Another repeat winner this year, skiers and snowboarders on President’s weekend Saturday, a record skier visit day in the southeast and record lift line times also.
8. Going The Extra Mile – Resorts with snowtubing this season. It takes a lot of snow to get a tubing hill ready and to maintain it through the season. During a year like this, that is showing extra effort.
9. Cy Young (Best Pitch) – West Virginia Ski Areas Association – West Virginia Mountains “Where THE West Begins”.
10. Stepping Up To The Plate and Hitting It Out Of The Park – Southeast Resorts – for putting in and maintaining the top snowmaking systems in the country. Just give them the cold temperatures and they will give skiers and snowboarders all of the snow they need to have fun.
That’s it folks for the 2007/2008 it’s been fun riding with you.
That’s it for this season. Just remember to always be patient as whether it be cold or whether it be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather will be. Think about it!
See you on the slopes next season!
Joe Stevens, a member of the southeast ski industry since 1990 is a regular columnist for skisoutheast.com and serves as the Communications Director for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.