Story by Will Mauney
The big story for today is Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts receiving up to six inches of new snow overnight. Bryce resort received 3.6 inches and apparently even Cloudmont in Alabama got around three inches as well(man-made though). Thursday looks like another great ski day with mostly sunny conditions. It should start snowing again Thursday evening and continue throughout the weekend at most of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic resorts. This is the last weekend before President’s Day weekend that usually draws big crowds to a lot of the resorts. A lot of ski areas are gearing up for events scheduled for the next four days.
Snowshoe Mountain will hold its Cuervo Games of Winter this weekend. They are advertising “wild parties and live entertainment on Skidder Slope as well as the Connection Nightclub”. Thursday will kick off the event with prizes and giveaways by DJ Judd. There’s a Cardboard Box Building Party on Friday. Registration is at 10am on Saturday with other games of Tug O’ War, Snow Volleyball, and a happy hour featuring the Davisson Brothers Band. Sunday of course involves various Super Bowl parties and probably some smart skiers/riders taking advantage of those empty slopes.
Canaan Valley will hold its 2nd Annual East Coast Airboard Race sponsored by Facelevel.com. There will be music, prizes and three events to race. You must have a current Canaan Airboard License to participate and you can get a license by taking a two hour lesson at the resort. This sounds like a fun event. I would love to see some footage or pics from this one.
Timberline Resort will enjoy the sounds of West Virginia’s rich musical heritage presented Friday from 7 pm-11pm and Saturday from 9-1 am at the ski lodge. Country legend Ramblin” Roy Scott and Lori and Jan Harmony Scott, will perform contemporary and classic renditions of country legends. The Super Bowl party takes place February 7 in Timbers Pub featuring special food, drinks and high definition TV.
Wintergreen Resort will hold its Winter Fest Weekend. They have a fun weekend planned where you can dress in your finest at the Lost & Found Fashion Show, discover the Secret Skier and look for the crazy Glow Stick Man and also a parade! Freestyle presents the first Double Cross race on Saturday with four competitors at a time racing through a specially designed terrain park. A women’s clinic will also be held geared for women who want to improve their skiing and riding skills. Sign up for one or all four. The clinics are from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM with lunch included.
Sugar Mountain will enjoy the acoustic sounds of North Carolina High Country bluegrass band Boss Hawg from 4:00-6:00pm this Saturday and the High Country Junior Race Series will continue this Sunday on Big Red. Good luck to all the kids competing.
Appalachian Ski Mountain continues its Fresh Friday event including new and different park setups with a laid back format that allows riders to hit features as many times as they want and in any order. Tons of prizes given away and its free to enter with a very cool judging format to award prizes to “standouts” in the field with no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places. Saturday is Ladies Night in the Park. ATP creates and designates a terrain park specially designed for learning and progression for ladies only. They’ll also provide a few staff to serve as “Trick Tip Advisors” who are more than happy to give some beneficial advice on technique and tricks. This event is also free with purchase of a lift ticket.
Beech Mountain will host a Crescent Ski Council Race this weekend and have some amazing conditions for skiers and riders.
If you’re not already planning on attending some of these events you should be. This weekend we’ll have snow falling and perfect conditions at every resort in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. Once you’re there take pictures and video. Post it to our message board or send them to me: [email protected] I’d love to see some pics of the airboarding at Canaan this weekend or the tug o’ war at Snowshoe. As you know we update our photos each day. Don’t let another weekend slip by without taking advantage of some of the fun to be had in our region.
We’re on day 67 and there are 70 more days of opportunities to enjoy the snow for the 2009-2010 ski and snowboarding season!
That’s it for today. Go enjoy the snow! Check out the Snow Report at http://www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php and please send us your favorite ski photos, ski videos, trip reports and comments to [email protected]