On Monday we began to hear the screams of joy among snow lovers across the region…as reports of snow began coming in. Our traffic on SkiNorthCarolina and SkiSoutheast also rocketed to 200% of normal! Yesterday saw 76,731 pageviews in one 24 hour period. That is also a record for October 24th.
We noticed on Ray Russell’s Avery Weather that he mentioned that yesterday HIS weather website saw "new heights" in terms of traffic. I’d bet we had something to do with that!
Reports from all over! We’ll begin segregating article content on SkiNC and SkiSoutheast shortly, but for now…"Snow News is Good News" and we want to share it!
Temperatures ranged from 32° at Snowshoe Mountain to 37° in Boone this morning. Here are some reports that we have received.
28° on Beech Mountain
34° in Banner Elk
32° on Sugar Mountain
24° on Snowshoe Mountain
37° in Boone NC
We’ve also received word from Andrea Smith, Communication Coordinator at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia where they have received FOUR INCHES of snow since yesterday morning. Andrea informed up that it was still flurrying up there with temperatures at 24° this morning.
Frankee Love of Wintergreen Resortn in Virginia also reported in with two inches of snow that had fallen overnight and more snow was coming down.
She added, "Does this early snow foretell of a good ski season? It should. Long term employees recall that the years in which snow fell early, there was an abundance of natural snow throughout the season."
We hope she’s correct! Wintergreen fans should note that Wintergreen is opening a new trail called Outer Limits for the 2005-2006 season. The new slope is 2200 feet long and is accessed from the top of the Highlands lift. Rated as a single black diamond, The Outer Limits has sections with a steep 35% grade.
Frankee also noted, "If Mother Nature continues to bring cold weather through November, Wintergreen expects to open the slopes on Saturday, November 26."
North Carolina Mountains Receive Snow! We began informing you guys about the snow yesterday…literally within MINUTES of it falling. Elevations are playing a huge role in where the snow is accumulating. Here at our offices on Hwy 105 between Boone and Banner Elk…there is no snow. It has fallen quite a bit since yesterday and more is expected today…but no accumulation here. However, one look at the webcams on Sugar and Beech…and you’ll see that both Sugar and Beech are covered with perhaps an inch or so. Again, MORE is expected to fall.
Cold weather is expected to hang on for a few more days before moderating a bit. Ski season is still some time away but this will definately get people in the mood!
SkiNC Hoodies and Tees will be available soon! We’ve had quite a lot of people PRE-order hoodies and tees from us. We haven’t even advertised them for sale as yet and we’re almost SOLD OUT of the first batch. We had mentioned the shirts as coming soon on the messageboard and so far the comments have been very cool to see! We’ve been very busy putting some NEW TOUCHES on the SkiNC and SkiSoutheast websites, and installing an ALL-NEW email server to handle the load we’ve received over the last couple of years…so we haven’t gotten back in touch with those of you who emailed wanting one. We will do that this week.
We will be putting in a new SkiNC Store and allow for online purchases later in the week. Until then if you want to PRE-ORDER, go to: http://www.skinorthcarolina.com/apparel.htm and take a look. More to come on this soon!
Until NEXT TIME…THINK SNOW!
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