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Well sports fans…this might be our last update on for the season. Our traffic yesterday was under 10,000 people for the first time since back in early November. Yesterday’s tallies showed that only 9,080 visitors hit the site as compared to 50,404 that looked at us on March 1st! So unless some freak snowstorm hits tomorrow, we’ll only be updating the slope conditions page or possibly just run a link to Snowshoe Mountain since they will be the lone resort open past Sunday. We’re sure that the weather has much to do with it…because the few emails that did come in yesterday were asking about the weather at Snowshoe. Hey, any of you people going to Wintergreen Saturday? Anyone doing Timberline?

We will run one more update on and kind of summarizing the 2004-2005 season and we’ll try to get you some numbers as to how the season turned out for the resorts, both individually and as a whole. These guys play that information real "close to the vest" but we’ll relay what we ascertain.

We do have some plans for the off season…as do many of the resorts and we’ll probably pop in from time to time to give you diehards something new to read…so keep checking back. We can tell you the and will be pretty much unchanged for next season regarding our look…however we DO have some great new services that we KNOW that you’ll like and use to plan your trips up. We are upgrading our weather services and we have more than 20 accommodations businesses that have already committed to working with us next season to give away more free trips than ever before.

Thanks for making us YOUR NUMBER ONE DESTINATION on the Internet for information regarding skiing and riding around the Southeast. We’ll continue our efforts to make ourselves worthy of your visits!

News and Happenings

SNOWSHOE Don’t forget, if you have a season pass with another resort in the region, you are in luck at Snowshoe Mountain for the last week-plus of the season. If you book two nights of lodging through the end of the season, you will get your lift tickets for free. The free tickets are just for the pass holders. So don’t give up as other resorts in the region begin to close. Snowshoe Mountain will be open through Sunday, April 10.

Make plans to cross the Skidder Pond this Saturday, April 2, just part of the annual "Last Hurrah" weekend. Plenty of on slope games and prizes. Don’t miss out on this spring skiing event.

Since the Silver Creek area is closed for skiing and riding, the Adventure Department has decided to use all of the snow for daytime snowmobile trips and rides. The Nordic Center has however closed for the season. For more information call 304-572-5477.

TIMBERLINE – Timberline Resort has some fun of their own planned for this weekend! Saturday at 10am they are holding a "Patrol Sled Competition" that is open to all patrollers anywhere. At 11:30am they are hosting a "Fireman’s Race" open to teams of 4 persons.

At 2pm they will host a "Bump Contest"

On Sunday at 10am they have a "Dual Modified Slalom Race" that is Open to all Alpine, Telemark & Snowboard racers.
Registration is from: 8:30 am to 9:30 am. The entry fee is only $3 and they are also having a drawing for a pair of Blizzard Skis!

For more information contact Timberline resort @ 1-800-SNOWING. (766-9464)

WINTERGREEN RESORT – Wicked, Huge Park Party. This is one wicked party! For one day only, Saturday, April 2, Wintergreen will have one huge terrain park for both skiers and snowboarders!! Since there is such an abundance of snow this year, we are turning the entire Dobie slope into a mega-terrain park with music, ten rails, four gap jumps, two table tops, two hip-hit spines, a vert wall, and the infamous Volkswagen bug rail. There will also be some water hazzards and a pond-skimming contest. Food and drink specials will be available at the Blue Ridge Terrace. This is going to be waaaay cool and something you do not want to miss. We have never done this before. The Wicked Huge Terrain Park will be 4 times the size of our existing Terrain Park . So how big is it? 320,000 sq. ft. Everyone must get a lift ticket and register at the Skyline Pavilion, but there are special low rates. $20 per person for all ages. If you have a 2004-05 Season Pass, you will get a $10 discount. This event is for experienced skiers and snowboarders only. No equipment rentals or lessons available at the resort. All participants must sign an assumption of risk acknowledgement. Free event t-shirts for the first 200 participants. Spectators welcome – this will be an exciting event to watch! The Blue Ridge Express will be running for spectators that want a ride down or up to get a better view.

9 am – Park Opens – will be the full length of Upper and Lower Dobie
10 am – 5 pm – Food at Checkerberry Cabin and Blue Ridge Terrace
10 am – 5 pm – DJ music by Innovative Sound from the middle of Dobie
12 noon – Sickest Trick contest – can you pull a really cool trick that no one else can beat?
1:30 pm – Costume Judging – prizes for the most outrageous
2 pm – Pond Skimming contest – test your skills traveling across a man-made lake at the bottom of Dobie
4 pm – Tadpole swimming race – Are you part Polar Bear? If so, that would help because the water will be cold, really cold. Or are you part tadpole? That would help too because your feet will be tied together.

Prize Categories:
Best Overall Skimmer – free Midweek Season’s Pass for 2005-06
Sickest Trick winner – free lift ticket for 2005-06
Best Costume – free lift ticket for 2005-06
Biggest Skimming Flop – free tubing ticket for 2005-06

Note: Before you can participate in the Wicked Huge Park Party event, you must sign and/or have your parents sign the attached Assumption of Risk.

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