Christian Davies reports on Ski Beech on Monday:
First, let me say right up front that the conditions were amazing! Maybe not THE BEST I’ve skied at Ski Beech, but very close. I also want to go on record saying that I can confirm that the 16" being reported by Ski Beech is a WHOLE lot more snow than the 16" being reported by Sugar. Say what you want, but facts are facts. Drive to the top of Beech today and drive to the top of Sugar. There is a lot of snow at both, but more at Beech. I’m just reportin’ – you guys drive to both yourself and see. There is a difference!
Now. today was LADIES DAY, a huge day after a snowfall day, schools were out in many surrounding counties and the Winter Olympics are getting people excited about snow skiing. I say that because I witnessed the largest non-holiday Monday crowd that I have ever seen at Beech. Lift lines were pretty long (20-25 minutes) on the beginner lifts and an average of 15 minutes each for my four runs down the mountain. Conditions were fantastic, amazing and as many adjectives as you want to come up with.
Last Monday I skied Beech and skied right to the lifts. Today was swamped. I give the conditions a 10 out of 10. The day (crowds included) a 7.
Tommy Miller reports from Ski Beech on Monday:
Today has to be the best conditions that I have ever skied in and I have been skiing for almost 25 years! Temps were cold, in the low teens all day, but very little wind. It was also snowing and it snowed the whole time I was there. Heavy at times and nice size flakes. Beech received around 18 inches of new snow over the last few days. It didn’t look like Beech had done any grooming, for once I’m happy with that. Robbins Run and Southern Star had the nicest powder I’ve ever skied in. (I didn’t go to
Mike Doble (SkiNC) Reports from Ski Beech Monday:
Sorry I missed meeting up with Christian and Tommy at Beech today. Perception is an amazing thing. Tommy skied the best conditions ever; Christian gave it a 10 out of 10 and I am going to say it was the second best skiing I have experienced at Ski Beech. Last February or March when we got dumped on was a bit better, but this ski day was sweet. The slopes were right at the 10 of 10 that Christian graded (I would have held back a couple of tenths!) as the snow was very deep in spots. Beech was bombing the top of the quad lift with snow, but other than that the guns were pretty much not an issue. The crowds were out in force. I too experienced 15-20 lift lines which unheard of on a non-Holiday Monday. Great day all in all.
David Long reports on Ober Gatlinburg:
Wow what a snowy weekend this has been! I went up to Ober Gatlinburg on Friday at 9 am. The day was great. The snow was firm but at the same time soft. Great conditions to start the weekend off with. The forecasted snow was to roll in around midnight and I must say I was quite skeptical about the predicted totals. I gave up hoping any snow would fall many weeks ago. Thank you God for this sweet white manna from the heavens! I can easily say that I have not seen this great of conditions at Ober since I started snowboarding 8 years ago.
Saturday after riding the tram up I was pleased to see about 2" of snow on the ground. The official report from Ober is usually about an inch or two less than the measurements that I take…haven’t figured out why yet….doesn’t matter. By the time I left Saturday night at 9:40 the resort had about 6"-8" or so. Of course there was powder everywhere. The snowmaking began on Grizzly at 6:00 pm and didn’t end until the slope opened mid day on Sunday. This is the 2nd time in 10 years that Grizzly has been open. Very rare and lots of locals are very excited. Grizzly is not long but is a fun run presenting itself with a very interesting fall line that is a good challenge to try and make some turns on. Talk of opening Alpine way is happening but don’t get your hopes up due to the forecasted warm weather at the end of the week.
Sunday produced even more snow giving over the 12" the Ober website showed at noon as the snow was falling still when I left the mountain at 12 midnight. Granted it was just flurries but it was still enough to cover the roads with a dusting. Sunday morning on Mogul had some areas that had hip deep natural powder! Pete Jucker, the ski school supervisor, said the powder was so deep that his ski came off due to the weight of the snow and all he could see of the ski was the tip sticking out of the snow. Monday is expected to have some epic conditions with packed powder and groomed surfaces to start the day off with. It is so nice to see Ober actually recieving more snow than some of the NC resorts for a change!
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 02/13/2006 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.)
We have a very close race going right now with only a few points (a day or two of posts) separately the top three.
1. Lorrie Tomlinson
2. Kent Jackson
3. Mark McKelvy
4. Christian Davies
5. David Long