…and then it was over; the 2005-2006 Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Season Ends April 2, 2006

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You KNOW it’s been a great season as far as the number of ski days and the amount of fun had, when at 10pm on the day that the 2005-2006 season ended, we had 14 users actively chatting in the messageboard.

Thanks to Kent Jackson (and his wife) for sending some nice photos of the closing of the North Carolina season on Saturday, April 1st at Cataloochee.  We’ve posted those.  We understand that CB Koontz and Mark McKelvy have a bunch to share of the official last day of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic ski season as they closed out the season with a visit to Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia . Mark wrote that they proudly represented SKINC by skiing the SKINC flag and yelling at most everyone they passed!  We’ll post those photos as we get them! (We’ll go ahead and apologize in advance to Snowshoe’s staff! Bear in mind we have no control over fans!)

Thanks to the guys for representing!  As Mark said, “All publicity is good publicity!”

Numbers Tell the Story –

Numbers say everything.  70+ degrees around the region on Sunday.  Diminishing numbers on the slopes…as in the base depth numbers of snow coverage, the fewer number of trails open today…and the most telling number of all – our traffic to the site!  In the last six days we “only” had 74,000 unique visitors and today’s traffic dwindled to a low for the season of 6400 unique visitors!  There’s good and bad news to the website traffic numbers.  The bad was that today’s traffic was the lowest of the season, including DAY ONE traffic.  The good news is that today’s numbers were almost double what we had on the last day of last ski season.  So we continue to grow! 

It is always odd though when we get to the point in the season where our last week of traffic wasn’t even HALF of what we were getting per day just four weeks ago. We’ll share more numbers with you guys in a few days, but one of the most impressive numbers of the season was during February when we logged into our stats program and saw more than 20,000 people logged on at one time and more than 81,000 visitors per day! Now THAT is an audience!

What’s Next for SkiNC and SkiSoutheast?

We’ll post a parting shot in a couple of days.  We’re awaiting some input from the ski resorts as to how the season went traffic-wise and we have MANY more people than usual to “THANK” this season, so we’ll be posting those statements.  Additionally, I have my office staff pouring through more than 10,000 photos that were submitted this season to TRY and find the best of the best to LEAVE UP ALL OF THE OFF SEASON!

This off-season I am committed to implementing some programs that were intended for the 2005-2006 season.  I just never got around to making them happen and the season and my real job never provided the time necessary.  This summer and fall will offer some programming and planning time and we hope to bring you guys an even better SkiNC and SkiSoutheast come next November!

At the urging of numerous people we will add to our online store…providing many new items for sale; and we will tweak the On-Snow Reporting functionality and perhaps come up with something new and improved there.  We’ll hopefully keep the columnists in tack and also enlist the participation of some new faces to hopefully give you an even more well-rounded slant on the ski and snowboarding scene that IS the Southeast!

So THANKS for all of you who made SkiNC and SkiSoutheast your favorite spot on the internet again this season.  We heard from thousands of first-timers this year who are now addicted and we appreciate each and every one of you.  The messageboard grew to 1287 registered members during the season and they have posted more than 20,000 articles…not counting the early season server crash!

Check back in a few days for some “closing comments and thanks”.

Until Next Time…

Be sure to email photos, snow reports and comments to: [email protected]

Visit www.SkiSoutheast.com  and www.HighCountryWeather.com  for more information.

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