Mother Nature obliged with cold temps overnight and resorts across the region fired up the snowguns at most resorts in an effort to lay down enough snow to open quickly. Cataloochee’s Tammy Brown excitedly announced as the snowguns cranked up over in Maggie Valley, that they WILL BE OPEN today, Thursday, November 17th at 1pm and will ski and snowboard until 10pm this evening.
Cataloochee will undoubtedly get the honors of officially starting the 2005-2006 Ski Season for resorts in the Southeast. That is quite an accomplishment and a testament to their new, automated snowmaking system. Congratulations to Tammy, Cat’s snowmakers and the Cataloochee’s fans.
Temperatures are hovering around the upper teens and into the 20s across the region. Beech Mountain is reporting 15° at 8am and that’s the coldest we’ve heard of as yet this morning. Here’s some other temps:
Beech Mountain 15°
Sugar Mountain 20°
Snowshoe Mountain 19°
Sugar Mountain has announced that they will most likely open on Saturday, with an outside shot at being open tomorrow. Snowmaking began up at Sugar around 2 pm yesterday on Upper and Lower Flying Mile and will continue around the clock as temperatures allow.
Snow making has been in progress since Wednesday evening and the forecast looks good for continued snowmaking heading into the weekend.
Ski Beech anticipates opening the 2005-2006 ski season on Saturday, November 19, 2005. They plan to be open from the top on Upper and Lower Shawneehaw, serviced by their high speed quad chairlift # 5, with Freestyle and Playyard open as well, serviced by chairlift # 3 and the J-Bar. Beech will open for day skiing only until the Thanksgiving Weekend when they will begin night skiing.
So people it’s HERE…get out and enjoy it.
A Little Construction Going On —-
As usual, we’ve been so busy and distracted from our web design chores, that SkiNC and SkiSoutheast are not quite at 100%. Excuse any weird pages that appear to be a little short of complete. We’re hurrying now that the season is here and should have everything in place by Monday or so.
(Think about us as if we’re making snow. We’ve started on the main pages and we’re working towards 100% open over the next couple of days!)
The contests (lots of them) and other features will all kick in quickly. We have a great weather partnership kicking in that is just not ready to debut yet, so in the interim we are using THE WEATHER CHANNEL magnets to display weather on our resort pages. We have a LOT to announce shortly — so bear with us and we’ll show off in a couple of days.
Oh yes…if anyone’s out and about, snap us some nice images and send them and any reports to [email protected]Southeast.com
Until Next Time