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For reasons that should be obvious, we are consolidating today’s notes for SkiNC and

Today we have skiing and snowboarding happening in three locations around the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.  They are WISP Resort in Maryland, Snowshoe Mountain and Timberline Resort in West Virginia . As we have mentioned numerous times, Wintergreen in Virginia and Cataloochee in North Carolina both have special festivities and opening scheduled for this weekend and we’ll elaborate more about that later in the week.

For today…we have to talk about just HOW GOOD the conditions are for skiing and riding on this 28th day of March.  With several inches of snow this past weekend that fell across numerous areas, snow depth is phenomenal. Snowshoe is actually getting more snow flurries right now as of this post…but they are in for some underdeveloped snow (rain) according to the NWS forecast.  A 90% chance to be exact.  The way Snowshoe Mountain has been of late…that COULD end up being mostly a snow event, and we’ll keep you posted as we get updates.

Speaking of updates, we spoke with Snowshoe Mountain Communications Manager, Andrea Smith yesterday afternoon about the confusion over snowfall that took place this past weekend.  We received numerous emails pointing to the fact that they were reporting 20” on the front of their website, 17” on their snow report page and yet the NWS was reporting 9” on the ground.  Andrea called me to explain the following, “Mike, as you know we always strive to report accurate conditions and to that end we sometimes report maybe too often.  We updated you guys at 10am Saturday speaking of the 2” of snow that we’d had at that point and then we updated that by 7” later in the day as I was out of the office but Brian Rowe (Snowshoe Marketing Director) said we were getting dumped on.  Then later in the evening we updated it again…and by Sunday morning we’d received 17” of new snow.”

The confusion came from the NWS report that Snowshoe only had 9” and that triggered many emails.  However Snowshoe actually PROVIDES the report to the NWS that they post and there was simply a missing bit of communications there.  We DID receive numerous emails speaking to the fact that Snowshoe had “quite a lot of snow” and some even said that there were areas of snow drifts perhaps MORE than the 17” being reported.  Hopefully this will put an end to the confusion.  Snowshoe Mountain does a great job of keeping the information flowing with us and many other media outlets and the fact is that we receive more updates per week from there than any other resort in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.  That’s all one can ask.  We’ve always maintained here at SkiSoutheast and SkiNC that we operate on an “information IN is information OUT” and Snowshoe does that better than anyone.  So thanks to Andrea, Brian and crew for helping US, help YOU!

Since there’s only Three resorts operating today, and since we’ve been talking Snowshoe…they have 30 trails operating today and if the rain hold off and/or sticks around as snow…the high of 39° will make for a nice day of skiing.

Thanks too, to Pam Long for keeping us updated on Timberline Resort.  They ended up getting an additional 2” of snow out of the weekend storm and with 26 trails (and about 70% of it groomed) their in fine shape to make it to Sunday as well.

WISP Resort in Maryland has had a GREAT season with more than a foot and a half more snow than normal for a season (118.5”) and they have 6 more days to enjoy it with 18 trails operating today.  Lori Epp is reporting nice conditions with some thin coverage and bare areas (normal for Spring Skiing and Riding).

Tammy Brown, Public Relation Director at Cataloochee asked me to pass on this special “THANKS” to SkiNC and “THE CAT CREW” for a great season. She stated, “Mike, you know our Cataloochee family just keeps growing and growing and that’s what we consider our guests as…part of our family. We are going to keep on the path to make our experience here at Cataloochee even better in the years to come.”

She added, “So PLEASE express a great THANKS to all who have posted photos and participated in this wonderful snowsports business we are in at whatever mountain they choose to head to. THE CAT CREW and ROCKS THE HOUSE!”

You gotta LOVE THAT!

Don’t forget Cataloochee reopens April 1st for ONE MORE GREAT DAY OF FUN!!!

We have a ton of Appalachian Ski Mountain Meltdown Games photos to post and we’ll try to get to those today!

Until Next Time!

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