Today’s featured image was captured by Mike and is from Watauga Lake in East Tennessee this past weekend.
As the calendar flips to June, the march through the offseason continues.
With the new “normal” we are living in every day, it feels like we are living in a weird time-warp scenario. However, the fact that summer is starting to arrive is helping break up some of that weirdness.
It also helps because it means that we are that much closer to the start of our favorite season – which is under 170 days away but who’s counting?
Another positive thing the past few weeks has been watching the resorts start announcing their summer plans.
The next resort on tap for reopening is Beech Mountain as they kick off summer on Friday, June 5. They will be offering scenic lift rides (which are free to residents of Avery and Watauga County in the month of June), bike park, and more.
For the mountain bikers, the Beech Mountain season pass has some cool perks – including three tickets to the Snowshoe Bike Park and discounts on food and retail at Beech.
The crew at Beech has been hard at work with some great features for those on two wheels.
Wintergreen, Wisp, and Massanutten are quickly approaching reopening as they are slated to get things cranking June 12, and Snowshoe and Sugar Mountain are set to open Summer once the calendar turns to July.
As always, these are subject to change so keep checking for the latest updates from all of our resorts in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
In addition to the reopening of resorts, we have been a couple of interesting tidbits across social media.
As preparations for the 2020-21 ski season are ongoing, Beech Mountain has a few projects going on across the slopes – including expanding the area around Lift 5. Check out this video from around a month ago.
Fatzer AG in Switzerland posted this sweet video a few days ago as they are manufacturing the replacement track ropes for the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.
Even in times of Covid-19 our production is running in a «three-shift-heavy-rotation» to meet all promised delivery dates. At the moment we manufacture the replacement track ropes for the aerial tram in Ober Gatlinburg, USA. The four 3.6km long full locked coil ropes, ø 44mm, are marked with the “blue line”, one of the ropes has integrated fibre conductors. #fatzer #steelwireropes #trackrope #aerialtram #ropeway #gatlinburg #swissquality #covid19
Posted by Fatzer AG on Monday, May 25, 2020
In total, there will be nine miles worth of rope.
Speaking of Ober, the Gatlinburg resort was one of the first to reopen operations for the summer, and things have been going great so far.
That will do it for today, but keep checking back for the latest updates on summer activities, preparations for the upcoming ski season, and more across SkiSoutheast.com and our social media channels.
Until next time, stay safe and #ThinkSnow!
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