Some End of Season Ramblings…

This only loosely comes under the heading of ski and snow related news – and only because of my skiMail INBOX…however as I checked my email this morning I was pleased to see that there was FAR less SPAM in it than prior to yesterday. Anyone else notice it?

I’ve had my SkiNC and SkiSoutheast email addys for 15 seasons and with more than 42,216 pages and 31,154 inlinks coming to our website and a gazillion emailers having corresponded with us over that time…I and some of our skiMail addys would receive some 1100 emails a day with most of them being SPAM. No matter how tight we setup Spam Assassin and virus protection, we’d still have to sort through volumes of SPAM. Ditto that for my personal email.

That was reduced by 39% in the last day thanks to Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit. Working with Federal Law Enforcement agents, they brought down Rustock, the world’s LARGEST spam network! Woo hoo! You can read more about that story over on www.AppNet.com

EASTER EGG HUNT A MONTH BEFORE IT’S EASTER…

Someone emailed me asking about the annual Easter Egg Hunt that Sugar Mountain does each season. Typically I THINK it has happened on or at the same weekend of Easter. That would make sense. Normally Sugar promotes it on their daily report page and I KNOW I saw it there last week. However, it is no longer there.

It DOES still appear over on their events page – see: http://www.skisugar.com/calendar/  and it is supposed to be happening TOMORROW, Sunday, March 20th … more than a MONTH BEFORE EASTER. We called for you guys and they ARE holding the event as planned and it begins Sunday (tomorrow) at 9am.

So dress up in your Easter costume and join Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear on the slopes in search of prize-filled eggs. There will be hundreds of fun-filled plastic eggs will be spread over the lower portion of the Lower Flying Mile slope. You may be the lucky skier or snowboarder who finds the egg containing a 2011-2012 Sugar Mountain season pass or the egg containing a $100 Scott gift card. A Valid lift/slope tickets or passes are required for participation. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 12 and under ONLY and begins at 9 am at the bottom of Summit #1 lift.

EASTER IS SUNDAY, APRIL 24th THIS YEAR…

Sugar’s event made me question when Easter falls this year and I was astonished to see that it doesn’t happen until April 24th. That got me to wondering why it is coming so late this year and what determines the date.

As it turns out, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25, inclusively. It typically only falls as late as April 25th only about once in an average person’s lifetime. The last time it hit that date was in 1943 and the next time will be 2038!

To educate a little – Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring. In other words the order would be:

1. First day of spring

2. First full moon after first day of spring

3. First Sunday after the first full moon

I learn something new every day!

Let’s LEARN some End of Season Events and Happenings for the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Resorts.

Check the snow report for the latest trail openings. Only Appalachian Ski Mountain has 100% of their trails available this weekend. Snowshoe has the MOST open terrain with 41 trails available today.

You can find the full snow report here> http://www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php  

HERE ARE SOME NOTABLES:

Wintergreen Resort:
SLIDE AND SPLASH WEEKEND IS HERE! WE ARE OPEN AND READY FOR AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND WITH LOTS OF SUN, MUSIC, GREAT PARK FEATURES AND PLENTY OF SNOW! WE MADE SNOW IN MARCH SO THAT WE COULD CONTINUE SLIDING LATE INTO THE MONTH WITH LOTS OF TERRAIN AVAILABLE. MARCH IS OFTEN THE BEST TIME TO SLIDE! AVID SLIDERS SHOULD KEEP CHECKING THIS REPORT FOR CLOSING DETAILS. WE HAVE A LOT OF SNOW AND PLAN TO BE OPEN SATURDAY MARCH 26TH.

Snowshoe Mountain:
The Weekend is here and we’re down to just 9 days left in the 2010.2011 season. After a cold overnight period we’re going to begin the morning with some beautifully groomed corduroy across the mountain. Lower Shay’s Revenge was the only one of our 41 open slopes not groomed overnight. Because we had a late freeze last night and the slope wasn’t groomed, we may see a delayed opening in that area in order to provide the safest, most enjoyable conditions. Lower Shay’s hasn’t been groomed in several days, and with some warm daytime temperatures and skier traffic, there should be some fun spring bumps in that area today. The rest of our nearly 150 acres of skiable terrain available today will start off the morning with fresh corduroy, but we’ll see that get a little choppy as the day goes on and temp rise to the mid-40s. The sun should make an appearance this afternoon, providing some classic March conditions.

If you can’t make it to the mountain this weekend, don’t forget, beginning Monday, everyone can SKI FREE! That’s right, purchase any lodging stay between March 21st and 27th and your lift tickets are absolutely FREE! Can’t get away for an overnight stay? No worries! We want you to help us celebrate the great season we’ve had at Snowshoe, so we’re offering $26 lift tickets for anyone who just wants to come up and ski or ride for the day. Additional resort discounts will include lodging starting at just $125 a night (that’s $32 a person for lodging and lift tickets for you and three friends), up to 50% off at our retail outlets, great savings on rental equipment and Last Hurrah deals for our exciting adventure activities. For complete details check out snowshoemtn.com or call 877-441-4386. Saturday, March 26th we’ll host our annual Last Hurrah celebration, complete with pond skimming contest, great tunes from DJ Judd, a survivors party at Moonshine pub and great prizes. So make plans now to celebrate another great season with us!

Timberline Resort:
Rail Jam Competition Finals IVMar 19, 2011Rail Jam Competition Finals IV

Wisp Resort:
Beachin Weekend/Cardboard Box Derby

Saturday, March 19, 2011
12 pm – 6 pm Music & Games Provided By DJ Johnny Rock
Bear Claw Adventure Park
1 pm – Cardboard Box Derby Registration at the
Bear Claw Adventure Park
1 pm – 1:30 pm – Cardboard Box Derby Judging
3 pm – Cardboard Box Derby Race
Click Here for Race Rules & Registration Information!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
10 am – 2 pm – Music & Games – Bear Claw Adventure Park

That’s it for today!

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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.