Sunday’s Opening Day Provided Good Times…if not pristine conditions

sugar mountain first day of 2015-2015 ski season

Typically on any given opening day I’ll get more than a few emails or texts with some photos. On this particular opening day, I got ONE. No opening day photos or first chair photos or videos came in for Sugar OR Cataloochee. Neither resort posted any photos or videos to their own websites.

Wow. I call that a missed opportunity. Sure – there was a ton of marketing “juice” from getting open and of course Sugar’s Saturday ribbon cutting celebration was well attended and documented – but then nothing came out of either camp in terms of showing the rope drops or first chair.

I DID receive a few emails. The most notable was one from Ted Johannson from Hickory, NC who emailed me, “Thanks for keeping us informed about the openings. I drove up from Hickory to hit up Sugar’s slopes and was not disappointed. The new lift is awesome, although I don’t think that they it fully cranking. Great first day tho.”

sugar mountain first day of 2015-2015 ski seasonI received one text from a local Realtor friend of mine, Ron Kent, who sent this photo (it appears up top as well…for a better view. All Ron shared was, “Let’s ski soon.”

O-k-a-y.

Someone from over at Cataloochee (presumably Tammy Brown) posted this via Twitter.

2015-nov-15-cat-twitter

What? No photos? No videos? With all of those camera phones?

We’ll just HAVE to do better, don’t you think? I even checked out the messageboard and there were NO trip reports.

More than 10,300 people visited SkiSoutheast.com’s network of ski news and webcams – and they only got one photo from a chair lift. Oh well – I guess a Sunday opening with temps in the 50s and approaching 60° was not exactly what the doctor (or you guys) ordered.

That said – Cataloochee is planning on being open again on Monday. As far as we know – Sugar will as well. Go get ’em.

If you’re out skiing or snowboarding on Monday – send us a photo or video. If you send us a photo and we choose it as our Photo of the Day, we’ll send you a FREE LIFT PASS to ski this season at one of the region’s ski areas. If you send us a video, we’ll enter you in our first Vacation Giveaway for a FREE cabin rental, lift passes and equipment rentals.

Let’s see if that gets us some photos.

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