Southeast Ski Resorts Enjoying Heavy Crowds and Some Snow Today!


Hey it’s President’s Day Weekend and the forecast is for HEAVY CROWDS, so we’re consolidating the report for both SkiNC and SkiSoutheast in one sweet location this morning.

As a post this report, snow is falling in many areas, including Ski Beech, Appalachian, Snowshoe Mtn and some of the other areas are getting a light mix of wintry precip.  We’ll update that as soon as we can.  We’re seeing some pretty good snowfall right now as of 8:20am. No wind and beautiful snow…you KNOW that has to please the masses in attendance today!

The conditions will be very nice no matter where you ski or ride in the Southeast today because the temps are COLD and some snow is falling as well.  Just dodge those heavy granular conditions called HUMAN BEINGS that will be strewn across the slopes!  With a broad forecast of great conditions everywhere, we’re just going to touch on a few noteworthy things that are happening out there in SkiSoutheast-land…and just advise you to check the slope conditions and SKI EARLY to avoid the crowds.

Here’s the top notes:

You can expect the snowguns to crank up in selected areas as temps allow.

Cataloochee is having phone issues!  Okay more like phone LINE issues.  Their 50 pair telephone cable was cut yesterday severing ties with the world!  They have no phone service and all phones, credit card machines (and online snow reports) were cut at 2:30pm on Friday.  Tammy Brown, the public relations sweetheart from The Cat, told us that the phone company was working to repair it but gave no timetable as to when to expect service back up.  Tammy said they had no way of calling out except by cell phone from out in the parking lot!  She did say that although it was a major reconstruction of the line, that the phone company was hoping to have them fixed sometime today.

This couldn’t have happened at a busier time than President’s Day weekend!

Tammy was keeping a positive approach to the predicament when she later today me, “We’ll work through this the best we can – that means MANUAL credit card slips and no telephone communications with the public until it comes back.”  She also joked, “It’s like one of the guys here told me when he left earlier, ‘Hey Tammy if you need me – CALL!!!’”

Ski Beech’s OZ RUN is back open!  They got the lift issues worked out and they have reopened The Oz Run which is great news, both because it is a great run and because it will disperse the heavy President’s Day Weekend crowd.  Beech has all 15 trails and 8 lifts running today. Heavy snow is being reported up there as of this post – 8:38am.

Canaan Valley has 36 trails open today and very nice conditions as they host their, “Mid Winter Rail Jam & Triple Air Competition. The Registration Fee is $20 per day or $30 both events
 
Here’s the schedule…get out and enjoy it!

Saturday, 2/18: Rail Jam 
*Prizes awarded each division (ages 14-under and ages 15-older)
1st. Place $50 cash   

2nd Place

$30 cash   

3rd Place

  $20 cash
Male & Female (Skier/Boarder) compete together.

Registration    9:00am – 12:00pm ( Ski School Lobby)
Rail Jam         1:00pm
Finals             2:00pm
Awards           2:45pm (Bear Paw Cafeteria)

Sunday, 2/19: Triple Air 
Best Overall wins a season ski pass for 2006-2007.
No age divisions – everyone competes against each other. 1st – 3rd place prizes also awarded.

Registration:    9:00am – 12:00pm (Ski School Lobby)
Triple Air:        1:00pm (Three runs, best run wins)
Awards:           2:30pm  (Bear Paw Cafeteria)

Snowshoe is 100% open, of course, and looking quite good today.  Communications Coordinator, Andrea Smith says, Cold temperatures are in the forecast for the entire weekend! After a few flurries this morning, look for sunny skies this afternoon through all day on Sunday. Snowmaking will be taking place at night ensuring the great conditions remain in place. All trails at both the Snowshoe and Silver Creek areas were groomed last night, except for skier’s right of Widowmaker.

Timberline Resort has some fun planned today and not just with the 31 sweet trails open today.  Pam Long who is charge of Customer Relations at the resort told us that  today and Sunday they are hosting a President’s Weekend & Willie Nelson Tribute in the Timber’s Pub.

Willie Nelson Tribute  4pm – 10pm

Scott Harmony & Roy Scott

The Macho Willie Band  10pm – 2am

Timberline LodgeUnder 21 – DJ Ken Roy  9pm – 1am

Wisp also has some fun to announce!  Lori Epp from Wisp Resort wrote, “You guys need to come join us next weekend, February 24th for the MARDI GRAS ON THE MOUNTAIN”.  It’s an evening of enchanted Mardi Gras festivities! At the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park : open session tubing from 6pm-11pm, DJ Jonny Rock, games, prizes, bonfire & fun! Hop on the shuttle over to the lodge for a DJ from 6-7pm, live music from 7pm-11pm featuring Zydecoagogo, cajun-style buffet and fun! $35 per adult, $30 children 12 & under, includes a festive party favor. Reservations recommended limited quantities available!  You can go to their website at www.WispResort.com and order ONLINE!

Check Out the New Black Mountain Cam !

We installed yet another LIVE web camera last week and it’s now showing on www.HighCountryWebCams.com We have some capabilities to zoom it into I-40 if needed, and it also shows some GREAT mountain views.

Easier Access to ALL PHOTOS OF THE DAY!

We finally finished the database tweaking that allows for easier access to all of our Photos of the Day images for EACH resort.  Instead of scrolling through ALL resorts, you can now click on ANY resort link in the right column of the front page and on THE INDIVIDUAL resort pages, we have created a link to Photos of the Day.  When you click that link, you’ll see ONLY the photos for that resort.  More to come!

Until Next Time!

Be sure to check out www.SkiSoutheast.com for more news and stories for all of the Southeast’s ski areas.

Be sure to email photos, snow reports and comments to: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$30 cash     $20 cashMale & Female (Skier/Boarder) compete together. Registration    9:00am – 12:00pm ( Ski School Lobby)Rail Jam         1:00pmFinals             2:00pm Awards           2:45pm (Bear Paw Cafeteria)

 

$30 cash     $20 cashMale & Female (Skier/Boarder) compete together. Registration    9:00am – 12:00pm ( Ski School Lobby)Rail Jam         1:00pmFinals             2:00pm Awards           2:45pm (Bear Paw Cafeteria)

 

$30 cash     $20 cashMale & Female (Skier/Boarder) compete together. Registration    9:00am – 12:00pm ( Ski School Lobby)Rail Jam         1:00pmFinals             2:00pm Awards           2:45pm (Bear Paw Cafeteria)

 

$30 cash     $20 cashMale & Female (Skier/Boarder) compete together. Registration    9:00am – 12:00pm ( Ski School Lobby)Rail Jam         1:00pmFinals             2:00pm Awards           2:45pm (Bear Paw Cafeteria)