Lots of Blue Skies and Smiles This Past Weekend

Wooo what a weekend!  After cold and snow/snowmaking all last week, we were treated to blue skies all weekend long.  It was awesome.  I made it out to Beech on Saturday and hot-lapped all morning and the first part of the afternoon.  Minimal crowds + blue skies + hoody weather + great early season conditions equals so much fun!

Ooooweee @beechmtn is fun right now!

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Head on over to the messageboard and check out my TRIP REPORT to see some more photos. The story was the same everywhere else.  I’m scanning through social media and every resort has photos of good snow, blue skies, and tons of smiles on the faces of people.  Check out a few of those below.

 

It’s so nice to come in this morning to do the snow report and have numerous resorts to have to get info for.  It’s kind of been a slow start to the year, though not as slow as you’d think, but it looks like we’re finally getting into prime time as a majority of the ski areas in the region are open for business on a permanent basis now.  I guess it is the middle of December now.  It’s crazy to think Christmas is only 10 days away!  Where in the heck did 2014 go?

The Week Ahead

The next week looks pretty good.  It won’t be terribly cold, but it won’t be warm either.  On a random note, there’s some crazy inversions right now.  It’s 45 degrees atop Beech Mountain at 5,500 feet.  Just a couple miles away and a couple thousand feet lower and it’s 23 degress in Banner Elk.  Crazy.

Anyways, we’ll have some nights of snowmaking during the middle of the week to help fluff things up.  The weekend is where it gets interesting.  Friday night through Sunday looks like a mixed bag of wintry precip that will finish up as snow.  There’s still some uncertainty about the weekend though so hopefully we can get that forecast to call for more snow than not.

That’s it for now.  Check out the SNOW REPORT for a detailed look at trail count and snow conditions and what not.  We’ve got 12 open resorts to choose from currently.  If you can play hooky from work, it’s a good week to do so.  You can get some turns in before the holiday crowds and the weather is going to be decent.  I love my job, but sometimes I miss the days of college where I would skip class during the week to go riding.  Ha.

Until tomorrow!

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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, ResortCams.com. 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]