On Snow Reports Reveal Thin Coverage at Ski Areas – That should disappear with Snow and Snowmaking Today!

Mike Edwards was at Sugar Mountain on Friday:

I was at Sugar from 9 AM until 3:30 PM today. When I arrived I could see some brown in the snow. I was thinking that it was going to be a bad day for skiing. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of the trails were in fairly good shape. There were a few thin areas but very few bare spots on most of the trails that were open. One side of Big Red was pretty bare, Easy Street extension had several bare spots and the trail leading down to the midstation lift had a large bald spot right in the middle. Switchback, Flying Mile (upper and lower) Easy Street, Whoopdedoo and Tom Terrific were all frozen granular and they weren’t too slushy. There were very few people on the slopes so the lift lines were either very short or no line at all. The rain held off until about 3 o’clock and it wasn’t raining too hard at 3:30 when I left. I did run into a deluge on the way home though. Sure wish it could have been about 15 degrees colder. All in all I would say that today was a good day for skiing, would give it 1 thumb up. Hopefully the weather forecasters will be correct and it will snow tonight. The resorts will be able to make some as well. That should take care of the thin and bare areas. I plan to return to Sugar on Saturday and I will send you an update when I get home.

Lorrie Tomlinson reports from Sugar on Friday:

When we arrived at Sugar, a parking attendant was leaning on a sign stating that the upper lot was full. We drove right past him and parked in 1 of the 4 open spots. Conditions at Sugar were quickly deteriorating. The snow was brown in many places. Thin coverage and bare spots were encountered on every trail. After we ate lunch, the rain hit and did it ever. It was pouring. We, of course, left.
 
As I type this, the temperature has dropped significantly. Sugar is currently making snow, which they desperately need. Fresh man made snow accompanied with the natural accumulation should produce some better conditions for the busy MLK weekend.

Tom Bentley reported from Sugar:

I thought that I’d put my two cents worth in as I skied at Sugar as the rain was moving in.  I have noticed that you guys (SkiNC) have been bragging that Sugar has done a much better job reporting slope conditions this season and while they may be true, they could use a little improvement still yet.  I noticed no mention of bare spots on their ski report, but there were many areas of thin coverage and bare spots.  Big Red should have been closed on one side and there were many other areas as well.  There was plenty of good riding terrain but no mention of bare spots should not be tolerated.  Thanks for the telling it like it is SkiNC!

Bennie Terrance reports from Wolf Laurel:

All I can say is that we better get some snow! (We’re getting it today!) Wolf is looking pretty nappy – get it a Wolf…mangy…ha.  Conditions should improve with good snow and snowmaking on Saturday.

David O’Malley was at Snowshoe:

I have skied numerous times here in the past and it usually gets a little patchy once a season and unfortunately that happens to be when I’m here this time.  Conditions are nice overall…but there are quite a few thin areas and discolored snow.  I understand snow is on the way Saturday so YAHOO!

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 01/14/2006 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. Kent Jackson
3. Mark McKelvy
4. Gresham Barker

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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.