A Fun March Weekend Lies Ahead

First Trax

Check the snow report page for all of the resort slope conditions at a glance. See: https://www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php.

Friday Friday Friday. I can’t believe another week is almost over. Where is the time going? We only have another couple of weeks of skiing and riding here in the Southeast…bummer. I barely even have 20 days of riding this year. I was aiming for 50. I’m off that number by just a little bit I guess you could say.

It’s a soggy start to the day. A front moved through last night and brought some underdeveloped snow along with it. While temps this morning are a little chillier, they aren’t that cold. Only the West Virginia and Maryland resorts are seeing sub-freezing temps this morning. Nobody made snow overnight.

The next several days are looking pretty fantastic. Lots of sunshine and moderating temps should make for some fun skiing and riding this weekend. Tonight will see a window of opportunity to make snow, however not everyone will. I highly doubt any of the Virginia resorts will do so since they are all closing for the season on Sunday. Further north in West Virginia and Maryland, I’ll be interested to see if those guys do. While they are in much better shape than everyone else as it is, it never hurts to add a little more snow to the slopes.

Here in North Carolina, the temps will be a little more borderline. Lows are forecasted to be in the upper 20’s so we’ll see. Cataloochee has already said that they will make snow if possible. I’d imagine that Sugar and App will both do the same. Beech has already stopped making snow for the year and I  just talked to Talia Freeman who said they are closing for the season on Sunday.  As a token of appreciation though, they will be offering FREE LIFT TICKETS FOR EVERYONE on Sunday.  That is pretty sweet!

Speaking of Beech, they will be hosting a pretty cool event tomorrow. They’ve gotten really big into mountain biking over the past year or two and actually held the national championships there last year. Tomorrow, they will be hosting the dual slalom qualifier for this year’s championships in July. The Mud, Snow, and Gears event will be followed by an awards ceremony and live music by BPL in the View Haus cafeteria. It should be pretty interesting/weird/cool to see skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers on the mountain at the same time.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is hosting their Family Day event tomorrow as a part of their 50th year celebration. Here are the details.

1)Special 2 for 1 Ticket offer: Buy an 8 hour flex ticket on March 10th and get a free ticket good any day or night between March 11 and December 15, 2012
2) Live 60’s Band on the deck (weather permitting)
3) Tethered Hot-Air Balloon Rides 1:30 – 3:30 $10 / 10 min ride (weather permitting)
4) The Sanctuary Massage Stations (50 cents / minute) 1-4pm
5) Free Professional Family Ski Portrait (Digital Copy) taken by Joshua Easterling Photography 10am – 3pm
6) Slopeside Burgers and Hotdogs on the grill 11am – 3pm
7) Free Junior Ice Skating (ages 12 & under) with paid adult / limit 4 Juniors per family. Offered at special morning session 9 – 11am

That sounds like a pretty fun event, especially if you do have a family. The weather is going to be really nice out there and they have some of the best conditions in the region right now.

Up into West Virginia, Winterplace will be hosting some racing events again this weekend. Travis Roberts sent me an email this morning and here’s what he is saying.

Head to Head Racing will happen again this Saturday – March 10, 2012! All participants are entered into a drawing to win Rossignol Skis, Rossignol Snowboard and other cool prizes! Registration is from 9am-12:30pm at The Mountain House. Registration is $5.00. If under 18 years of age, must have a parent or guardian sign waiver.

<<< More racing like this will be happening at Winterplace this weekend.

I’ve never taken part in a real snowboard race but I bet it’s fun. I like to go fast so I wonder how I’d do…

Like I’ve talked about the past few mornings, we’re going to be seeing some closures this weekend. My job is going to be easier in the mornings come Monday. By then, we’ll be down to just 7 open ski areas in the region. In general, I think spring is going to be here sooner rather than later. The next week looks to see mild temps and it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing anymore natural snow. That said, those places that are open are still offering good conditions. Most people don’t realize how much snow there still is. It’s a shame that business at the resorts drops off so much once it gets into March. A lot of places could probably stay open until April if it made financial sense. Anyways, Mike will keep you guys updated this weekend. I’ll be back Monday!

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