Don’t Let the Weather Get You Bummed! There’s Still Plenty of Snow to Enjoy!

First Trax

Good morning folks! Hopefully the dreary weather isn’t bumming everyone out too bad this morning. There is underdeveloped snow at most of the regional ski areas and it’s going to continue to be that way for the rest of today and tonight. As I’m writing this, I can hear the underdeveloped stuff on the roof here at work. It’s coming down pretty hard right now. While it’s kind of disappointing, it is also a good thing. We haven’t had a lot of precipitation lately and are already in a deficit for the year. So we definitely needed a good soaking like this.

<<<App this morning. They definitely have enough snow to last another month.

With the recent mild temperatures and lack of wintry weather, I’m sure some people are beginning to wonder how much longer the resorts can hold on. The topic has even been discussed on the messageboard. To that I say QUIT WORRYING AND GO RIDE! Conditions are still really good at all the areas and we have probably four more weeks of skiing and riding here in the Southeast. While some of the resorts will most definitely close up shop before then, there will be the usual few who make it to late March. So quit thinking too much into it and get out on the slopes and enjoy it while you can! It’s always a long summer.

Here’s the Snowshoe Summit portion of the morning! Like I said yesterday, I’m probably going to remind you guys about it every morning until it gets here next weekend. Conditions will be great up at the Shoe and it’s an opportunity for everyone who is on the messageboard or frequents the site to meet and greet with one another. We’re going to be having a get together on Saturday night at Moonshine so make sure to be there for that! The Cuervo Games of Winter will be taking place all weekend so there will be plenty of festivities going on with that both during the day and at night. If you haven’t booked yet, you still can do so and take advantage of the discount lodging and free Sunday lift passes that Snowshoe is offering. Just make sure to use the code SkiSoutheast when you call them. Also, if you have already booked and made your reservation, email me at [email protected] with your address and confirmation code please. You can also PM adm1n on the messageboard. We are trying to get everything in place and confirm all of our attendees with Snowshoe.

So that’s it for today. Here are the resorts…

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 39°- Open today on all 12 slopes with a wet granular surface. Ice skating is also open today. They have a promotion right now where you can buy next year’s season pass and ski and ride for free for the rest of this season. That’s a pretty cool deal.

Beech Mountain Resort – 40°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a wet granular surface. This Saturday is the 3rd Rail Jam at Beech and here is what they have to say about it – “The popular Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam, a tour that showcases some of the best in snowsports, will make a stop at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, February 26. Featuring slopeside graffiti art, a freestyle MC bunker battle, hip-hop music and the winner-takes-all rail jam, the event will take place at 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m . The rail competition has four different divisions, 15 and under, all girls, best of the breed and skiers with prizes given out in each group. 3rd Rail’s nonprofit partner this year is Amped4aCure, and of every registration fee will go to this beneficiary that supports cancer research through music.

After watching or competing in the events, an after party featuring New Jersey rapper Timmy Grins and DJ Image will take place at 9:00 p.m(21 and up). Grins, a rapper who has dedicated much of his time and music to battling alcoholism after strugglingwith the disease for years, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in November of last year. Grins will speak about his journey at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, February 24, at 7pm.”

Cataloochee – 42.4°- They are open on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface today. Tubing is open as well. This weekend is Fire and Rescue Appreciation Days, offering discount lift tickets to fire and rescue personnel and family. Very cool! They are also going to be having their BIGBIGBIG One Day Season Pass Sale on Sunday, March 6th. Pass prices will be the lowest of this year and next and if you are a new pass holder you can ski and ride for free for the rest of this year! Also, just a reminder that it’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Season at Cataloochee and with the purchase of rentals you get a free 1.5 hour beginner lesson.

Sapphire Valley – 44°- They will reopen Friday at noon.

Sugar Mountain – 37.6°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a loose and frozen granular surface. Skating and tubing are also open today. Today they will be having their Spyder Sample Sale where there will be huge savings on select Spyder winter items.


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