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Thank You to all who attended the Summit this weekend. Thank you to each of you who made it a point to come up, introduce yourself and tell me about reading our website blog daily. There were quite a few shares on Saturday and I soaked up every single one and the truth is, guys and gals, this little piece of the web is NOTHING without you.

So, again, I thank you tons. It was great hanging out with Joe Stevens and his family. Patrick Kidda – dude – it was great seeing you. It is HARD to believe that it has been 17 years since you worked with us. Next time you’ll have to make sure that Starr makes it.

It was great to see Rudy Ryback and his wife make it up Saturday evening. They made it to First Tracks and the show enticed them to stay over until Monday. Good for them! I’m jealous!

Thanks to all of the core “OG’s” who have made it every year. I overheard several people inquiring about the Summit and how lonh we’ve been doing these things and it was great hearing friends and others talk about the fact that they are getting bigger and better each year.

Thanks again to Meteorologist Brad Panovich who ordered up some sweet, natural snow for Sunday morning’s First Tracks. Camp 99 and Widowmaker could not have been sweeter.

Thanks to the Boathouse crew and manager “Ashley” for being SO accommodating to me amidst already dealing with a busy crowd. She even went as far as creating a separate, fast-track line for our lunch crowd.

I have to tell you it was cool to see the adult beverage guy on the deck sporting a SkiSoutheast hoodie and beanie. Then at this morning’s First Tracks the lift ops gal at the bottom of the Soaring Eagle lift was wearing a SkiSoutheast shirt.

I have to say a very special THANK YOU to Shawn Cassell, Ed Galford, Mikey Valach and to ski patroller, “Rossi Bob” who got us out on the snow for First Tracks way earlier than usual, which gave the group even more time on the snow Sunday morning. Shawn, man I REALLY appreciate you giving us so much love and of YOUR time. Ditto that to Ed Galford.

Thanks to the crew at THE DEPOT for ALWAYS taking care of me and our group. You guys are always so accommodating and you do it with a smile. Tammy, you and Brenda are awesome.

I hope our readers and especially those of you who attended the Summit know that Snowshoe’s management and mountain ops staffers KNOW when we are on the mountain. They make it part of their morning strategy conversations and it goes without saying that we could not do these things without you. Mikey Valach, thanks again brother. You rock, as usual.

Justin Harris – man, Canaan Valley Resort has a great ambassador in you, young man, and you are destined for a great career in marketing and within the ski industry if that is what you want. Kudos to you…and congrats again to you and your sweet fiance.


I have to mention that earlier on Sunday morning I posted about HOW significantly different the weather has been from North to South this season. It can’t be illustrated any more than simply looking at SUNDAY. It was bombing SNOW and the temp was 28°-30° Sunday morning. The drive down Snowshoe Drive and even to near Marlinton, WV was snowy and gorgeous.

…and then from there all the way home to my beloved High Country of Banner Elk, Boone, Seven Devils, North Carolina is rained and rained and rained. The temps were 40° in Lewisburg and it rose to 47° here at my home in Sleepy Hollow.

Mother Nature can be cruel sometime….


I have a GREAT video to share of Saturday’s Boathouse fun and I will get that compiled ASAP. For now…check out these two.

Snowshoe Village Sunday Morning

A Snowy Drive Home…



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