On Snow Reports Continue to Boast of Great Conditions!

Mike Edwards was at Sugar Tuesday Night:

I skied at Sugar Tuesday for the twilight session. The sun was shining bright and the temperature was fairly warm. The snow held up extremely well. It stayed firm, packed powder and due to the lack of skiers it didn’t get too bumpy. I guess folks spent Valentines Day elsewhere. We went to eat at the 4:30 break and returned for night session. The trail conditions were even better. The only downside was one of the necessary evils that we have to contend with in the southeast, snow guns. At least the wind was down and the snow wasn’t blowing too badly. I skied all of the trails that were open. Every one was consistent with packed powder. There were a few snow “rocks” that had frozen over but very few. I didn’t even notice them but the wife mentioned that there were a few on Easy Street that she didn’t see on Lower Flying mile. Skiing at Sugar was 2 thumbs up Tuesday.

Christian Davies reports on Cataloochee:

I dropped everything when I saw that Cataloochee had opened High Meadows.  I saw where SkiNC had mentioned it and had to try it.  All I can say as that I will forever be spoiled.  There is nothing else like it in North Carolina .  What a beautiful open piece of real estate and how much more beautiful covered in deep snow!  I pretty much STAYED on it all day, as did many others so I can’t honestly tell you what the conditions were like elsewhere except to say that they HAD to be marvelous because Cataloochee got A LOT of snow!  High Meadows just became my favorite NC ski run and I pray that more snow will hit that will allow others to hit this great trail. I heard that they might now have it open on Wednesday so…sorry for you that didn’t make it.  Next time they get huge snow…check the site and hit High Meadows.

Barbara Jenkins reports from Wintergreen Resort:

Snow sure does make a difference!  I skied here last week and while things were in very good condition, the snow today was incomparable.  Wintergreen didn’t get the deep snow that I’ve read that many of the NC resorts did, but what they did get was great.  Wintergreen also made snow and conditions on this day were simply the best I’ve skied this season.  Get out and enjoy them while they last.

Tom Barnette reports from Canaan Valley :

I had never skied Canaan, but I noticed on SkiSoutheast that more and more trails were opening to 100% so I made the trek up from Raleigh and I am so happy I did. I really enjoyed Upper Spruce and The Timber Trail. The Dark Side of the Moon was pretty cool as well. Canaan had gotten a good foot or so of snow and conditions could not have been better!

Samuel Williamson reports from Snowshoe Mountain :

Guys you should know that the conditions here at Snowshoe have been great for a good while now. I have skied most everyday throughout the last couple of weeks and I have only seen Snowshoe in better shape maybe once or twice in my experiences here.  Tons of snow, tons of great conditions and simply remarkable with little or no lift lines.  I do want to make one comment though about the reported natural snowfalls.  I have kept up with totals over the years and I almost always have agreed with snowtotals.  However, I really think you guys, or Snowshoe’s people messed up on the reporting from this past weekend.  I measured 13” from this weekend’s storm; the NWS has measured it as 13” and one of my friends who works at Snowshoe (who asked me not to reveal his name) said they only got 13”.  Yet the reports you posted said 19”.  I remember last year when the resort did a mid-season adjustment or correction and perhaps now is the time for that to happen.  We all hate to lose snow but you can’t lose what we didn’t get! Many resorts do last report snow adjustments so there’s no shame in fixing it.  FYI, by my snowtallies this season Snowshoe has seen 114”.  Still more than Canaan or Timberline…just not that much more!  Good job on the site and I’m a new fan.  I’ll keep you posted up here! I don’t know if Galbreath is still doing mountain ops or related but maybe he’s been a little snow blind!

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 02/15/2006 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