Down to One For the Time Being

Well, after all my talk yesterday about Sugar and Cat getting by during this warm spell and trying to break the record for consecutive days, I feel like a fool.  At least partly anyways.  As the title of this post says, we’re down to only one open ski resort for the time being as Sugar Mountain is closed for now and will re-open on Friday.  They posted this on their site (which is new and much better by the way, especially on phones) later yesterday.  It’s probably a good call as Lower Flying Mile was, and still is, looking ragged.  You’d take a look at the webcam yesterday and think it was terrible and that nobody would be out there, right? Wrong.  As new messageboard member oneortwo said…

“Actually, I was walking up the mountain and everyone I saw was having a great time. They bought tickets knowing what its like (reload to 3/4 is still very covered). The people I saw didn’t care that they had to slide across a mud pit to get to the lift, they are on rentals (which puts them in the unaware category anyway)The vibe was good fun in the sun. I heard much laughter despite the situation.”

It’s always a good time when you’re on snow.  It’s good to hear that the vibe was positive out there yesterday despite the challenging conditions.  I also have two thoughts on that comment….

1.  Sugar needs a cam somewhere at the middle of the mountain.  During the early and late season, the base cam always looks much worse than the middle and upper parts of the mountain.  I’m sure Upper Flying Mile is in pretty decent shape right now.

2.  I wish they could download from mid-station.  That’s wishful thinking though as I’d imagine that’s hard to do with a fixed grip lift.

Sugar should get a quick facelift tomorrow and tomorrow night and be looking much better come Friday when they re-open.  It looks like snowmaking should resume tomorrow and will probably keep going nonstop into the weekend.

Cat is still open and operating, I think.  They haven’t been updating their snow report until later in the mornings and the summary has been the same for several days now.  However, I saw a couple of skiers out on the slopes on the base cam so I’m thinking they are open once again today.  You can click the image below to get a larger view.

catcam

Cat’s smaller than Sugar so it makes sense that they are in a little better shape right now.  They too should resume snowmaking sometime tomorrow and will be looking much better this weekend.  I’ve got the timelapse functionality set up on their base cam, so I should have a pretty cool video to show you guys Friday, and even more so on Monday when more time has passed.

Weather

Cold is coming.  I feel like I keep repeating myself, but I promise you it is on the way!  But you don’t take my word for it, the NWS Blacksburg seems to be getting excited about the cold too.  They keep tweeting out a bunch of stuff.

There’s light is at the end of the tunnel and we’re almost there.  Early season struggles are a part of skiing in the Southeast.  It’s just how it is.  Things are about to do a 180 though and next week will present a whole lot more for me to talk about hopefully.

Until tomorrow.

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, ResortCams.com. In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]