On-Snow Reports and Live Cameras —

We got a lot of emails over the last couple of days all bemoaning the fact that conditions were bad…but most were just wanting to KNOW how bad they were. Most alluded to the fact that they were coming one way or the other but they just wanted to see the slopes via the live cams and such. We caught some heat about the fact that the Extreme Sugar Camera, across from Sugar wasn’t working…and Hawksnest’s was still showing skiers on it from late the week before. Sorry guys and gals…but we have to tell it like it is…and THIS TIME it’s not that we were trying to "hide the conditions" as some of you might have thought. The Hawksnest camera now reflects a "coming soon" image…but they have had a network issue up there and we spoke with Lenny Cottom of Hawksnest yesterday and they will try to get it fixed asap.

The Extreme Sugar Camera was running perfectly…just Skyline Telephone’s DSL service was not. The harsh storms of Thursday night (which included lightning) must have caused some problems and we just simply could not access the camera to get it zoomed into the slopes. IT IS RUNNING NOW!!! Coincidentally that camera has caused us some problems at the most inopportune times. However it is running fine this morning. It DOES seem like these things seem to get running better when the conditions are pristine…but it’s just in our heads — I think!

On Snow Reporters – Okay, we know you regulars just didn’t want to burn any money or damage your equipment during the last week…but things are getting sweet out…so get us some photos of the crowds this weekend…and file those reports. We need you and we’re looking to give away a great vacation getaway to some hard-working reporter. So get those reports to us as often as possible.

We only received three reports from yesterday and only one was from North Carolina and here it is:

Austin Beeghly was at Cataloochee – "The guns were on all day and Cataloochee is looking good yet again. They were pumpinmg out the snow in full force on the lower half of the mountain. Once the skies cleared it was an amazing site to see the people began to flock to the slopes. I have to hand it to the whole staff of the resort, they really are the best at what they do in my opinion. There was a few bare spots and the snow needs to be groomed, but that will be taken care of tommorrow I am sure. But the overall conditions were amazing considering the weather. I have a pic I took that I will send in a few. Overall yet another great day at Cataloochee."

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.