Mark McKelvy Braved the Rain and Was Rewarded with a beautiful Day at Appalachian

Appalachian 1-11-06

Joe, my General manager at Party City had said he wanted to try snowboarding sometime and  since we both had the day off today we went and represented Party City at App today.  I did the "set the alarm, but not turn the alarm on" thing again today, so by the time we got his gear rented and hit the slopes it was about 10 AM.  I was very glad it was not raining (we went through some rain on the way up), but I must say it was so foggy we could hardly see 20 feet away. 

I had to "describe" the top of the mountain to him since he couldn’t see it.  I was actually glad it was so warm though as the soft snow is more forgiving for falling beginners.  I also must say how much I love the new magic carpet lift.  It is so much easier to get beginners to the top of the trail.  I brought my girlfriend snowboarding for the first time to App last year and that rope tow was really hard to use on a snowboard, especially to learn on.  I have been boarding a long time and still had trouble with it.  All worries are now gone as you just step on the magic carpet and get magically lifted away.  We rode the bunny slope until Joe got the hang of it, and he learned pretty quick.  Then we rode the lift up to Strudel and did that run a few times before we went to the top and rode Orchard and Big Appal.  While we ate lunch the sky suddenly cleared to a nice blue sky, so it turned out to be a nice day after all.  The coverage at App is still great with no thin or bare spots on the trail, and they have added 2 huge jumps to the bottom of the park.  We had a great time  today and Joe is looking forward to snowboarding again sometime.

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 01/12/2006 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. Gresham Barker