Colder Temps and Fall Festivals are on the way!

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As I am typing this update the temperature readings around the area at 2pm are showing some cooler-than-normal readings. It is currently 48° atop Beech Mountain, 51° at Sugar, 58° at Winterplace, and 48° at Wisp.  It’s going to be a rather wet week around the Southeast and Mid Atlantic, but that’s a good thing because it’s just adding to the holding reservoirs for the snowmakers to pull from this winter. (Admittedly I playing the "glass half full" card since we don’t really need more water in the holding ponds, etc.) We’ve had plenty enough rain to go around over the last month or two and some sunny weather would be welcome right now.

Looking at the National Weather Forecast it appears that things are going to be chilly and wet for the next few days with some mid 30° readings up around Snowshoe Mountain during the nighttime hours.  There EVEN the mention of "SNOW" in the forecast at the higher elevations this weekend – not only around Snowshoe, Canaan, Timberline and Wisp Resorts…but around Beech and Sugar Mountains in North Carolina as well.  Ray Russell of is forecasting snow showers for Saturday night with a low temp of 30° both Saturday and Sunday nights.

If you’re heading to Banner Elk for the 32nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival, bring a coat and prepare for it to spit some snow flakes here and there as it looks to be a cold, blustery kind of weekend coming up.  That’s not unusual for this event as I remember a few years back it was gorgeous and sunny at 9am one Saturday morning and by noon it was cold and blowing snow.

Ditto the forecast for the Vally Fair festivities in Valle Crucis.

Weekly: Every Friday through October 31, 2009


I was just informed that Wisp Resort has "haunted up" their mountain coaster to provide for some great fun every Friday and Saturday night through October 31st!

The fun begins at Dusk and there’s what they call a "light scare" for the ‘Younger at Heart’ that begins 1 hour before dusk. It’s just $15 per person and if you take Groups of 15+ the price drops to $13 per person, plus every 16th ticket is free!

Wisp is promoting the event is a pretty cool way.  They write,  "A phobia is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people. This year’s Haunted House theme: ‘Everyone has something they Fear’ will help you overcome those common anxieties including Iatrophobia, Claustrophobia, Coulrophobia, Ophidiophobia and more."

Your experience begins at the Wisp Outdoors Adventure Park in ‘The Waiting Room’ with live music, projected scary movies and snack bar followed by a transport to the Haunted House and Maze ending with a thrilling Mountain Coaster ride. Don’t forget to pick up a Haunted Coaster tee shirt after your ‘Phobia-experience’ to help you remember and overcome your fears…

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