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Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:33 am

Sup with it? Seems like in years past they prioritized opening alley cat and the snowbirds yet here we are. Also noted a good bit of what looks like new snowmaking equipment. Additionally it looked like there were some bulldozers out on richards run and short n sweet back in november when we went. Went again for Can U ski and didnt see bulldozers that time around.

Is it just a change in snowmaking priority this year? or is it an infrastructure issue?

Just curious as Alley Cat is one of my son and I's favorite runs.
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Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:55 am

I'd noticed, too. It seems to me they have usually opened Snowbird before Upper O. I'm just happy to see it the other way around this year!

I did see the construction on Richard's, etc. the first time or two I was up this year. Looked like they were installing new water and/or air piping. Probably to serve the new snow guns in that area. I expect they'll start on Snowbird and hopefully Alley Cat this cold spell.
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Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:43 pm

well kudos to them anyway as they are the only resort aside from app to have a black diamond currently open

Edited as they opened alley cat today. I wish theyd get the hemphill cam fixed
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Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:30 pm

Cataloochee has great snowmaking and should be commended. I never went when I was younger always going to Beech, but I really appreciate the fact that it is just over three hours from the norther burbs of Atlanta. Their website is top notch, and their trail map is actually professionally done. I like how they have one main wide trail from top to bottom.

Now I know nobody cares what I think, but if that were my mountain I would take the quad to the top and possibly make it detachable, stop the double at the bottom of alley cat, widen upper snowbird to more than a cat track, and make the primary run consisting of Upper Snowbird, Rock Island Run, Lower Omigosh. That would make a legit intermediate run (not that upper Omigosh is challenging at 19 degrees) almost 1 mile long.
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