THIS JUST IN AT 10am – Michael Meissner over near Cataloochee was asked by Tammy Brown to inform me that Cataloochee has had a FOOT of snow so far and due to that they are opening HIGH MEADOWS trail for TODAY ONLY! Michael said that he is two ridges over and at the same elevation and only got 4-5" but as he said – you can’t ski on 4" of snow so I guess Cataloochee got it. AMAZING! If you want to ski High Meadows…its today only.
Andrea Smith at Snowshoe Mountain just emailed me that they had 2" of snow thus far. We’re still seeing flurries but only 3-5" here depending on elevations so far. STAY TUNED and we’ll keep you updated.
Ahhhhh…the first weekend of Spring! The gorgeous Spring flowers are budding and blooming…and SNOW is falling like crazy across the region! That too can be Spring in the mountains! 150,000 visitors are shivering in the cold about an hour away in
Mark McKelvy, one of our top On Snow Reporters and avid messageboard devotee is preparing a racer of his own. He wrote me yesterday afternoon to say, “I just picked up my monster cardboard box from Joe’s (Joe Harmon, AKA Snowbird) house (he is on the plane to Utah now) and I have to figure out how to put this bad boy together, I think I am going to try to rig up some stuff from the hardware store to make it faster. Maybe put a coat of white base paint on it and then I can paint up some SkiNC logos. So little time….”
There’s bound to be a lot of last minute creations on the slopes today at Appalachian Ski Mountain as visitors flock there to enjoy this Weekend’s “Meltdown Games” – only there isn’t going to BE any meltdowns as SNOW and COLD temps are forecasted for today and tomorrow! We’ve had 5-7” of snow fall since Monday of this week and that includes about 3” that fell since last night. Weather forecasters are predicting 2-3” more snow for the Blowing Rock area around Appalachian…and up to 6” more snow along the favored NC / TN line and their higher elevations.
As I am typing this story, I am seeing peeks of sunshine and blue sky against a backdrop of snow and all the while, I am hearing the birds singing their morning wakeup calls. Spring certainly can be an amazing season! It won’t look and feel much like Spring if you’re headed to the mountains to ski or ride (or play) today, so bundle up, dress in layers and wear your normal mid-season gear and you’ll be set to have a great day!
A few emails came in from people who had ridden yesterday and most proclaimed that the conditions were more like mid-January. This latest burst of cold air and snow further supports my statements of late, wherein I have proclaimed the 2005-2006 ski season as one of the best, most perfectly timed Winters that I can remember.
Jeff Schmerker of The Mountaineer News in
Cataloochee has been a marketing machine this season after being the first to open, having an above average snowfall season (one of the few in the Southeast to exceed average snowfall this season) and then announcing that they will ski April 1st and let you ski and ride that day for $2.75! Now they announce the opening of three new trails! What can this newest idea be? You’ll have to wait another week for that one! See Tammy…as much as I want to be the first to say it, I’m keeping your secret! You owe me!
Appalachian is 100% for the “Meltdown Games” and they are reporting 1” of new snow and a base that has GROWN this past week to 29-68” of groomed and ready surface. They also have Ice Skating, and one of the top two Terrain Parks in the Southeast available today. We MAY make it out there today for some photo ops!
Cataloochee Resort is 80% open with 8 trails and 4 lifts on an 18-42” base and the craziest news of the day at The Cat is that THEY MADE SNOW LAST NIGHT!!! Conditions there will be s-w-e-e-t.
No other ski areas are open in the state of
Moving on up…to
These guys have fought the fight against weather that hasn’t quite been helping them out the way that it has in the higher elevations of
Northward we go to Winterplace Resort in
Timberline Resort in
We’d like to talk about
We head one more state northward and slightly east a few miles and we come to WISP RESORT in
So we’re grinding down to the close of the 2005-2006 ski season with a great finishing kick of weather that is certain to bring smiles to the faces of snowlovers everywhere…except maybe up at Sugar Mountain. (Ouch!) A few ski areas are going to call it quits on Sunday with some of the best conditions ever on the 4th weekend in March! However, skier traffic is dwindling to the point that it doesn’t make sense to stay open…and we’ve seen our website traffic fall to 18,708 visitors per day this week. That’s about 25% of what we averaged all season so we’re seeing a huge drop ourselves…and a lot of that traffic has been devoted almost exclusively to the webcams…so skier traffic is off substantially. We’ll play a little longer…and hope to see you on the slopes. If you’re headed to App…look for us, we’ll be wearing SKINC hoodies!
Until Next Time!
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