March 16, 2008 A Sunny Day at Appalachian, Cataloochee and Sugar Mountain Ski Areas

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Today should be sunny with highs in the mid to upper 40s. That will make for some great Spring skiing for today at Appalachian, Cataloochee and Sugar Mountain.

The forecast looks good for more good skiing and riding at "The Big Three" ski areas which are traditionally the first ski resorts to open in the state, and the last to close. Monday should be sunny with highs in the 50s; Tuesday looks nice with some rain moving in at night, but daytime skiing should be nice with highs in the 50s and low 60s; Wednesday is looking a bit wet right now.

Appalachian was doing some early morning grooming and looks very nice for today. The best snow will certainly be early as things are firm this morning. Skier traffic will "mash potato" things for later in the day. App will be 100% open with all ten trails, terrain parks and ice skating.

Appalachian wanted us to make you aware of the following important day:

3/13/08 – Join the National Ski Patrol at Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Are you Interested in becoming a member of the National Ski Patrol? Do you have a medical background or are you interested in taking an Outdoor Emergency Care course?

Ski with Appalachian Patrol and fellow patrollers around the country.

Help provide medical care and a safe skiing environment.

Learn outdoor emergency care.

If you love the sport and enjoy working with people pleasecome by the Ski Patrol Room on the lower level of the lodge and sign up for the 2008-2009 ski season.

Appalachian Ski Patrol tryouts will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2008

Cataloochee groomed this morning and are open for day skiing only today til 4:30pm on six trails. They will be open this next week from 1pm-10pm daily. If you are planning on skiing at The Cat NEXT weekend, bear in mind that they will be open on Saturday, but closed for Easter Sunday, March 23rd. They plan to remain open until March 30th.

Hawksnest is open for Tubing Only and will close that down after tubing sessions today. We saw them grooming snow off of the ski trails on Saturday and pushing it down to the tubing hill. That made the slopes look ready to ski yesterday but skier traffic would not warrant staying open.

Sugar Mountain looks pretty good for today. They have fifteen trails open for today. Don’t forget that Sugar has Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, March 23rd: Dress up in your Easter costume and come join Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear on the slopes in search of prize-filled eggs. An egg containing a 2008-2009 season pass will be scattered among hundreds of other prize-filled eggs! Valid lift/slope tickets or season passes are required for participation. Participants 12 years or younger are welcome, bunnies included! Please meet promptly at 9 am at the bottom of the Yellow Lift. The Easter Egg Hunt is on the Lower Flying Mile ski slope and is for skiers and snowboarders only.

Until Next time…

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