Snowshoe Mountain’s Ken Gaitor Keeps His Promise; Cuts Beard.

Scroll below to watch the video of Snowshoe's Ken Gaitor losing his beard!

A lot of people have emailed me about this and to be honest I just have ignored those inquiries because I wasn’t certain that Ken would follow through with losing his beard. However, I met up with Snowshoe’s Shawn Cassell today and he informed me that Ken had indeed lost his beard and Snowshoe’s social media guys shared the video.

You can view the cool “production” that they put together by clicking below:

For those unaware of the background of the bet…Snowshoe Mountain Director of Operations, Ken Gaitor, said that he could have Cupp Run open by December 15th and if he couldn’t, then he’d lose his beard.

The truth is Ken never had a chance with the way December’s weather patterns hit the area. However, kudos to him for following through. So maybe his sacrifice is/was responsible for the weather turnaround?

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and Since September 1996 he has posted close to 14,000 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.