Lorrie Tomlinson Files reports on Ski Beech and Appalachian

Lorrie Tomlinson reported from Ski Beech:

Monday was a great day on the snow at Ski Beech. The roads to the mountain were completely clear. The wind apparently left with the MLK vacationers. The sun struggled to stay in front of the clouds, but it was a warm day with temperatures reaching around 50. Snow makers cranked out fresh powder last night and conditions were good. The lift adjacent to White Lightning had broken down (again) yesterday. At the end of the day, employees were replacing a motor on top, which will hopefully prevent any further problems with lift #6. When I left, just before the night session, the parking lot was almost empty. I wish I could have stayed for the night session too, but I was too tired.

Wednesday Update on Appalachian — With the arrival of natural snow, there was an urge to visit the slopes. Wednesday morning was cold and accompanied by some major wind gusts, at times. The snow making at App made it feel even colder. How many snow guns does Appalachian Ski Mountain own? Snow was blowing from guns every where and created a blizzard like scenery. It definitely was not a day to forget the goggles. With the cancellation of school, I anticipated a large crowd. The place was practically deserted and there was no wait to board the lift. As much as I enjoyed having the resort almost to myself, I was taught to share around age 2. So get out there and enjoy some great snow conditions.

On-Snow Reporters:

We will keep a log of the best reporter’s submission, photos and reports. Trust us it is way to time consuming to post every pic…but send them…because we are tallying the scores.  The winner of the Best On Snow Reporter for 2005-2006 will win $1000 in cash, a FREE Getaway Vacation and more.  The contest will run from now through March 1st and we will choose the winner.  Our choice will be based on the following and IN THE ORDER of importance.

Quality of Photos
Quality of Reports (well written, informative, unbiased)
Number of Photo Submissions
Number of Reports

Extra points will be given for getting smiling faces in the photos and including names and cities where you can.

Extra points will be awarded for creative ideas.

We will choose the winner based on how helpful and informative the reports have been.

As of 01/18/2006 here are the top vote getters. (We will only document the top three to five here throughout the season…and we may begin posting the top ten, depending on how close results are.)

1. Lorrie Tomlinson
2. Mark McKelvy
3. Kent Jackson
4. Joe Harmon