Happy SPRING everyone! Today IS the first day of Spring 2006. However if you’re not quite ready to put Winter to rest, we do have a little more skiing available in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic!
WINTERGREEN RESORT is the only ski area still open in
Wintergreen is now CLOSED for night skiing for the rest of the season. They will DAY SKI ONLY through this week before closing for the season on March 26th (this Sunday).
However, you’ll want to mark you calendars for Wintergreen’s annual WICKED HUGE PARK Party April 1st and 2nd. They will transform all of Upper and Lower Dobie into one mega park for skiers and riders. Great food, music, contests, pond skimming and more. Check out the website for additional details at www.WintergreenResort.com
It should be noted that along with the Silvercreek closing comes the fact that the
While we were at Snowshoe, we closed out their popular tubing hill for the season. There’s still some snowmobiling going on up there. They have sessions from 1pm-4pm at Silvercreek, which I can tell you had PLENTY of snow on it on Sunday!
Snowshoe has some snow in the forecast this week and COLD temps to boot…so they are the pick of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Areas.
TIMBERLINE RESORT – is still going strong. They groomed 70% of the 26 trails they are running today. Timberline did not make snow but they are poised to make it to April 1-2nd (their planned closing date). If you are into Telemark skiing you may want to mark your calendars for THIS WEEKEND at Timberline! They are hosting a Telemark Spring Skiing Workshop!
Free heelers! Do you want to improve your on piste skiing, bumps, crud, or racing skills? Join Timberline for a telemark workshop that is open to all levels and personalized to your needs. Registration is from 8:00-9:00 and they plan to be on the snow from 9:00-4:00 with about an hour for lunch. Registration is located in Timberline’s Event Room adjacent to the cafeteria. Need equipment? Check out their rental program. Last season they added Garmont boots and Fisher skis! For more information email [email protected] or call (800) SNOWING and ask for the ski school desk.
THE NORTH CAROLINA SKI AREAS – Cataloochee will be back open on Tuesday as they are under their NORMAL late season scheduling , wherein they are closed on Mondays and then Cataloochee, like Appalachian will ride out the rest of this week and the weekend before closing for the season. However for TODAY, Appalachian Ski Mountain is THE ONLY ski resort open in the State of
We contacted Sugar this morning and they told us that they had not planned to make anymore snow and once they got a look at this week’s forecast they decided to “go out on a high note.” Our contact also said, “We think we made a good decision.”
There IS some light rain in the forecast for later today and Tuesday, but the rest of the week shows highs in the 30s (some 10° COLDER than normal for this time of the year) and lows in the low 20s. Dr. Ray Russell of www.AveryWeather.com local notoriety is also claiming that there’s a good chance for some natural snow by Saturday as well.
In the past a lot of us (yours truly included) speculated that Sugar was simply going to stay open as long as possible…and simply because they were skiers too. However, there’s plenty of snow on the slopes there and the weather looks to be cold all week, so…who knows. We CAN say that Sugar had a great season and we’re betting that they broke single season attendance records this season. Could be that they wanted to maximize their profits and that would certainly be understandable. It’s ALWAYS a great season when THERE IS profits!
So that leaves Appalachian Ski Mountain as the LONE ski area open today in the great state of
We want to bring a couple of notes of interest to your attention this morning. It’s been a busy season and we would not want to close the season without recognizing a HUGE achievement by Appalachian’s longtime owner Grady Moretz. In 2005, Mr. Moretz was recognized by the National Ski Areas Association by receiving their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year the association recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the ski industry throughout his or her career. So congratulations to Grady Moretz on being the recipient of this HUGE honor.
Well, those of you who are fans of skiing and riding in North Carolina…we have just ONE more week, and only two ski areas to play on…but let’s do it right. Let’s get past a day and a half of underdeveloped snow today and Tuesday and then send this season out with style. Make plans to ski and ride at Appalachian and Cataloochee this week and weekend!
Until Next Time,
Be sure to visit www.SkiSoutheast.com for a breakdown on the ski conditions and news at ALL of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Areas.
Be sure to email photos, snow reports and comments to: [email protected]