Hello Everyone –.
This is my last column of the year and to cap off a season that has seen just enough snow and enough cold temperatures for most of the season, I have come up with Joe’s tenth annual (Mike and Kenny have been putting up with me that long) “SNOWY” awards or “SNOWIES” whichever suits you the best. The three-person committee (as most of you know, it consists of me, myself and I) picked out ten categories and spent hours upon hours tabulating the results (hope you are not falling for that line). So without anymore (thank goodness) fanfare, here are the 2014/2015 season “SNOWIES”.
- Most Indecisive – Weather Gods (or weatherman), is it going to snow or snow and just how much. I would love to see the dart board some of them use to come up with forecasted snow totals.
- Most Valuable – Snowmakers and groomers, they work their tails off to make sure every skier, snowboarder and snowtuber has a surface to play on in the winter.
- Unsung Hero – Again this year the award goes to the snowplow drivers that make sure your travel to and from the resorts is safer than in most cities.
- Most Overrated – The naming of winter storms by The Weather Channel. Take for instance the last storm “Thor”. I think that would’ve fit a severe thunderstorm more than a snow storm.
- Go For It – The various mountain operations in the southeast that roll the dice every year and work or fight with Mother Nature to get it done. Way to go!
- Fighting To The Bitter End – Looks like it’s going to be again Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for giving everyone one more weekend, in April.
- Most Patience – Goes to the parents of a first time young skier or snowboarder. If you don’t know what I mean, just ask one of those parents and you will see what I mean.
- Going The Extra Mile – To the various lift attendants who make sure that a skier or snowboarders ride back up the mountain is a fun and safe one.
- Cy Young (Best Pitch) – This one goes to Winterplace for their “Toll Free Mondays” promotion. Just turn your toll ticket it in at the lift ticket desk and you got your money back, BOTH WAYS!
- Stepping Up To The Plate and Hitting It Out Of The Park – Though many may totally disagree with me here but let’s here it for Mother Nature who provided winter just around the time that everyone was saying it wasn’t really going to happen.
That’s it folks for the 2014/2015 season – it’s been fun riding with you again this year. Just remember to always be patient as whether it be cold or whether it be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather will be. Think about it! Time to get everything tuned for the 2015/2016 season, my 31st in the industry, wow how time flies when you are having fun.
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Joe Stevens, a member of the southeast ski industry since 1990 is a regular columnist for skisoutheast.com and serves as the Communications Director for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.