On Snow Reports for Christmas Day

First Trax

We received a lot of reports yesterday, some for duplicate resorts. However it was good to at least get a report from 10 of the Southeast Ski Areas. These are all Christmas Day evaluations.

Don Kayline was at Ober Gatlinburg – "Ober Gatlinburg was BEAUTIFUL on Christmas Day today. The skies could not have been prettier and while the lines were clogged a bit at the bottom, the trails never were too crowded. I was surprised at how nice the snow was at Ober today and can’t wait to hit them again on Sunday!"

Mike Wright was at WISP – "If you guys and gals at SkiSoutheast haven’t visited WISP, you need to put it on your places to visit in 2005. Today was sweet and the conditions were quite nice although only about a third of the mountain is open. I talked with a couple of lift operators and they said that we’d have about 90% of the mountain open by the first of the week. There has been lots of snowmaking so things should really be great for the Holiday ski traffic."

Matt Rocker was at Timberline – "The snow was quite nice at Timberline today. Could us a little more terrain open, that would be my only complaint. They did a nice job of grooming before the crowds hit and conditions couldn’t have been better."

Jeanette Walker was at Snowshoe – "What can you say about Snowshoe? Snowshoe HAD to be the place to ski today. The views from up top of Ballhooter were postcard-like. The snow was just perfect. It was COLD out but that’s what we want, right? Great job Snowshoe."

Les Cline was at Cataloochee – "The "CAT" opened at 1:00 p.m. today. The conditions were good, considering all the recent rains. The crowds really didn’t start showing up until 2:30 to 3:00. Parking lot was full due to a number of slope watchers. They weren’t completely open to the top, but enough steeps to keep us satisfied. If you’ve never ridden at Cataloochee. I suggest you take a road trip. It’s worth it."

Jim Everett was at Appalachian – "I was REALLY impressed with the powder-like conditions at App. The crowds were there after about 2pm, but the lines were never too bad. I particularly like the way that App doesn’t make snow during sessions on open trails. That’s pretty considerate and made for a great time. The weather was great the snow was great and Appalachian was 100% open."

Jeanie Barts was at Hawksnest – "If you’re looking for great snow and no lift lines, Hawksnest was the place to be today. They had their tubing hill going and there was pretty good traffic over there, but the slopes really never got crowded and there were very few waits at the lifts. It had been a while since I visited The Hawk, but I will be back again and again."

Kevin Dreher was at Ski Beech – "Some call it an addiction, some may say were crazy, but Christmas night skiing was GREAT up on Beech. Fast snow, and and empty mountain made it a very enjoyable night. The snow making was in full force on White Lightning while Robbins and Shawnee were getting some touch up. Cookies were overly abundant from the snow cat tonight. Technical difficulties with new equipment kept the pictures and number of runs to a minimum tonight. Snow making has also begun in the Meadows! The conditions will keep improving within the next few weeks. Merry Christmas!!!"

Susie Deaver was at Sugar – I can sum up this report in two word – OH MY! The weather was near perfect, the snow was near perfect, the lift lines were — oh who am I kidding, the lines were terrible, but then they always are at Sugar, but that’s because everyone loves the trails here. The views from up top were great and a lot of Banner Elk had a White Christmas. Very pretty…very rewarding day on the slopes. I can’t wait to see more trails open."

Peter Larkins was at Wolf Laurel – "Packed manmade powder everywhere, except in high traffic areas on Timber Wolf and all of The Howling. Lots of rollers on Broadway and tall mounds of snow on Timber Wolf. Snow was being made on all open trails and on Lower Streak. When inquiring if snowmaking would stop, I was told only when the temp goes above 36 degrees. Liftlines on the quad, a steady wait of 30 seconds."

Great stuff guys and girls…keep the reports coming!

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