(Photo shows a great aerial of Beech awaiting the first snows of the season. It won’t be long!)
The beginning of Autumn has come and gone. The leaves are beginning to turn – particularly at the higher elevations. The weather is feeling a bit of that “fall chill” in the air as I had to crank up my gas fireplace the other night when the temps dropped to 61° inside my house. The calendar reflects that there are only two more days left in September (today and Tuesday). All of the fall festivals are scheduled to take place beginning this weekend and carrying on throughout the month (we’ll share the most notable ones later in the week).
All are signs that the 2014-2015 Ski and Snowboarding season will be here before you know it! Obviously, the real start of the season could happen in October as both Sugar Mountain and Cataloochee have done that more than a few times in the past. If the weather pattern holds as forecasted the official start to the season could happen with a more traditional November start-up.
However, the official start to the Southeast and mid-Atlantic ski season will be here within the next 4-8 weeks. With that in mind, we have debuted our new website. We hope you like it. The KenDog (Kenny Griffin) has had his hands full pushing all of our old content over and into the new website and when it’s all said and done (and the dust clears) Kenny reported that the new website will host more than 300,000 PAGES of content, photos, videos, trip planners and more.
Stay Tuned for the New (OLD) Messageboard
Kenny has been working to migrate all of the old forum, threads and posts into a new system that is taking an inordinate amount of time, but we expect the new forum with all of the old posts and tons of new features to be available sometime this week. Once that is LIVE, we’ll email everyone to that you can login and play with the new features.
We’re also migrating all of the current sponsors and advertisers and then we’ll cross-reference all the content to make certain we’re up to speed and then we should be good to go. Our design team (led by Kenny Griffin on this project) of Kenny, Sean Blankenship and Adam Goudelock are excited to get everything plugged into the new site and some of the new features should make it easier for our visitors to find everything they’re looking for in terms of planning a ski getaway and all of our long-time and regular visitors should enjoy the new posting and videos.
Give us a few days for the dust to clear from the new design and functionality and then let us know your thoughts for adding more features.
Until then, email me at [email protected]