SkiNC Reports from Hawksnest on Friday:
Conditions were very nice early in the morning as the groomers had done a nice job. The top and down The Right Stuff was VERY, VERY nice. I never grow tired of the “weighless” feeling that you can get from skiing along the fall line down that trail. When you get some good speed and hit the turns just right, there is a great feeling that you can get on that trail. The same is true of Top Gun, but they haven’t gotten to open TG as yet. Later in the day as the sun warmed things up, things got pretty loose granular, particularly on Sock Em Dog. Several of us had some fun hitting the smaller snow hits. The base area showed a couple of ski-grabbing thin coverage areas but all in all it was a great day. One of the ski patrol (Ryan) and I gave the conditions a strong 6.5 out of 10 on the day. Great coverage, just a little loose. Obviously that was nature’s fault.
Christian Davies reports from Wisp:
I have been reading all of your comments about Wisp and joined a few friends for the six hour drive up. Several of us started to worry that the unfamiliar resort wouldn’t measure up to the reports or the drive, but you guys were right – it is a very cool mountain. I stayed on Eye Opener, a nice black with pretty views of Deep Creek Lake down below. I also skied Olins or Odins (sorry I forget) and it was nice. I also like Squirrel’s Cage. I was impressed with the top of their mountain. It had some decent trails down what they said was new terrain, although it was a little tame for most good skiers. Families will love it. I noticed a few thin coverage places at the top, but nothing you couldn’t ski around. I don’t know if you guys have noticed but I have skied three different resorts in three days (and reported from all) and I sent you pics from here today. That string will be broken as we’ve decided to stay here for the weekend instead of driving to Canaan and Timberline like we planned. That could change though as snow is in the forecast.
Lorrie Tomlinson reports from Appalachian:
After receiving a very enthusiastic greeting by App’s friendly attendant, we pulled into the parking lot. Two buses and one van from Christian Tours were off to the side. Still, arrival to the slopes did not reveal a crowd. The weather was warm and no jacket was required. People were catching some good air on the jump to the far right (if you were looking down it is on the right). App had plently of snow even after the rain last night. They still have excellent coverage on all slopes also.
Lorrie Tomlinson also reported from Ski Beech:
Fog from Thursday night had lifted. The sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was in the upper 40s, when we arrived on Beech Mtn Friday afternoon. The fries in the Beech Tree were under cooked. Conditions at Ski Beech were very disappointing after the morning at App. The approach to the jump on Meadows was more grass than snow. The half pipe was melted. Thin areas and bare spots were obvious. Darker clouds encroached before the night session. It was like a bad dream that would not end, as the hint of rain was in the air again. Fortunately, the spring like weather pattern should subside with cold temperatures forecasted for the next week.
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 02/4/2006 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.)
1. Lorrie Tomlinson
2. Mark McKelvy
3. Joe Harmon
4. Kent Jackson
5. Gresham Barker
6. Christian Davies