What’s Fun All About, by Joe Stevens

Hello Everyone –

So there I am having fun on the snow making turns on a beautiful day and then it happens. My cell phone rings inside of my jacket.  No way I say, as I usually leave that necessary business tool in the room while having some fun.  Against my better judgment, I answer the call and end of wasting 15 to 20 minutes dealing with something that could’ve waited until off the slopes.  For the rest of the day all I could think of was why on earth would someone want to be interrupted while having fun on the slopes.

Needless to day, the next day on the slopes, the cell phone remained in the room.  Now I am out on the slopes having fun again, when all of a sudden I start to realize just how many people are using their phones while supposedly playing.  There they are at the edge of the trail talking, on the chairlift talking and skiing and talking at the same time.  This just isn’t right.  This is one piece of modern technology that should not be allowed in areas of fun. There’s a time to do business and a time to have fun.  The difference between those two things should be like the difference church and state.  Hearing someone chat on the phone from the next chair, reminds me of that person talking on the phone at the table next to you in your favorite restaurant.  May I just say, how rude.

With spring arriving yesterday, the end of the 2005 – 2006 ski season nears.  Despite some very nice cold temperatures and some scattered natural snowfall during the last week it looks like a number of resorts are calling it quits for this season.  Most the resorts hanging up the skis and boards for the season are in Virginia and North Carolina .  It’s tough to operate when normal visitors are playing golf on nearby courses.  As you have already read on this website, the first resort to open this season, looks like it is going to be one of the last to close.  Hats off from this columnist to the folks at Cataloochee in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  This move by the resort’s management sends the correct message to outdoor enthusiasts in the region.  

For any of you wanting to make those final turns of the season, you will have Wisp Resort in Maryland and Timberline and Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia open through Sunday, April 2. Wintergreen in Virginia hopes that is also its final day, we wish them luck.  The moral of this story is something we have been talking about all season long, the best snowmakers are located right here in the southeast.  Think about it, with Appalachian, Cataloochee still open in North Carolina, that means that through three-quarters of March eight resorts (Winterplace and Canaan Valley are open in West Virginia ) are still operating.  This is all the proof I need to understand the power of snowmaking from Tennessee to North Carolina to Maryland .  Way to go folks.  

Remember whether it be cold or whether it be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather will be.  Think about it!  See you on the slopes!