Friday, Saturday, Sunday and It’s Over for Seven-plus Months!

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Well snow fans, we’ve come to the last weekend of the 2006-2007 season. Three days left to ride the snow. In North Carolina that means Appalachian Ski Mountain. They are hosting their annual Meltdown Games and there’s tons of fun planned. They have a Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle Competition Saturday morning, and a Cardboard Box Derby, Ski & Snowboard Big Air Competition, Trash Bag Downhill Race are all planned on Saturday. Sunday features a Rail Jam, Pond Skim & Costume Contest, Tug of War, and Chinese Downhill on Sunday. The weather’s not going to cooperate in a great way with 50% chance of rain on Saturday and 70% chance on Sunday – but there’s liable to be a lot of good breaks in the weather so make plans to attend and take part in the fun.

Drew Stanley brought it to our attention that Appalachian has the only terrain park open for this last weekend. He wrote, “We are the only resort in the Southeast (NC, VA, WV, MD, TN, AL) with a Terrain Park open. Thanks Mike for all you’ve done this season.”

Thank you as well, Drew.

The weather’s not playing any great favorites among the Southeast and Mid Atlantic ski areas as there is a 60% chance of rain Saturday and Sunday as we look further north to Snowshoe, Timberline and Wisp at Deep Creek Resorts. Highs will be in the 50s with light rain probable for both days according to the National Weather Service. To us it appears that much like into Western North Carolina – THERE WILL be some good weather periods as well. So what the heck, give it a shot – right?!?

Wisp at Deep Creek Resort has some fun of their own planned for the weekend. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop in around 1pm (or before) for their Pond Skim on Saturday. It will be located at the base of THE FACE. Participants will try to cross the man-made pond on skis, boards, kayaks, rafts or take the icy plunge!

Be sure to check the SLOPE CONDITIONS page for detailed information pertaining to slope openings. A quick summary would be to expect wet granular, spring conditions with good snow coverage (but some thin cover and bare spots). Appalachian is showing seven trails and one terrain park open; Wisp has 13 trails, Timberline 24 and Snowshoe has a region-leading 28 trails open today.

Enjoy your day and if you’re out and about this weekend – send us you closing day photos to [email protected]  

Until Next Time…

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