Here we are ever deeper into Spring and so far Old Man Winter is bullying into Spring’s territory and as far as we can tell nobody is complaining. Snow fell again last night across the High Country and other parts of the Southeast.
Brad also said, “Just let your visitors know that we’re not making snow in order to stay open; we’re making snow so that people can have the best conditions up until the end of the season.”
You KNOW there’s going to be some crazy, zany fun to be had at this weekend’s Meltdown Games taking place at Appalachian Ski Mountain this weekend. Word has it that Dave McConnell, AKA “TeleDave” on the messageboard, will be tele-skiing down App’s slopes on Saturday wearing a hula skirt and bra. That would normally be a sight to behold, but with SNOW and temperatures in the 20s and 30s forecasted…I may just have to see that in person! Sounds like several of the messageboard crew are planning on being there and with all sorts of fun races, an 80’ pond skim, trashbag races and more planned…YOU SHOULD BE THERE TOO!
At least Nine events will take place during the games that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. Embarrassment will kick things off as skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim across an 80-foot skimming pond that Appalachian has created at the base of the mountain.
There will also be a Big Air Contest in the terrain park, a Tug-of-War over the skimming pond, a ski and snowboard slope style competition, a dual slalom, a Cardboard Derby and a Trash Bag Downhill Race.
Check out the messageboard and you’ll see that a few of the guys are throwing something together at the last minute that we’ll be an attention getter. Don’t be surprised to see “SkiNC” painted on some kind of contraption!
They also have some kind of mass-start, Chinese Downhill planned as well. To enter the Meltdown Games, participants only need to buy a lift ticket. And even though late-season rates are already in effect at Appalachian, even nicer looking deals are available through the Learn-to-Ski packages. By reserving a day early this weekend, skiers can receive a lift ticket, ski rentals and a lesson for only $33, compared to $77. And snowboarders can receive a lift ticket, snowboard rental and a lesson for only $45, compared to $86.
Mark McKelvy snapped a nice photo of the new 31-foot by 1-foot Rollercoaster Rail. The rail was installed last Sunday and it has already been a hit according to all who have lined up to try it.
MOVING NORTH TO WINTERGREEN RESORT IN
Mark your calendars for their annual WICKED HUGE PARK Party April 1st and 2nd. Wintergreen will transform all of Upper and Lower Dobie into one mega park for skiers and riders. Great food, music, contests, pond skimming and more. Check out www.WintergreenResort.com for additional details.
Not long ago Wintergreen Resort was featured on The Weather Channel segment showing that March is an ideal time for the exclusive “morning ski/afternoon golf” offer at Wintergreen Resort. You can enjoy great slopes atop the mountain and a Rees Jones-designed golf 3,000 feet below in the valley all in the same day!
(For the record…we’ve received some emails from people over in Maggie Valley, North Carolina who have been skiing at Cataloochee and playing golf all in the same day. I’m going to have to try that sometime!
WE’LL COVER THE
Speaking of Golf — Canaan Valley has a nice golf club as well and one look at their website will tell you that they are ready to throw in the towel on skiing this season. We looked all around their website and other than finding a bunch of pages that were dead, we couldn’t get anymore details on the skiing part of their operation. They have a beautiful, but HARD to navigate website! So, we did what we do best – we called. We were told that Canaan IS gearing up for spring and summer activities, BUT there is ONE more weekend of good skiing left at
Timberline Resort also picked up a dusting of snow, but more is on the way. Timberline has 26 trails operating today with the majority of it groomed. Remember that they have a Tele-mark skiing clinic going on this weekend and also a “RETRO RACE” that is open to the public on Saturday.It is a modified GS with bamboo panel gates. Start time: 11:00 am. Rules: must have straight skis and retro ski outfits are encouraged. Age division. Prizes awarded to top 3 each category Entry fee: $5
Winterplace Resort also picked up an 1” of snow and that will make for some nice conditions on the 24 open trails today. More snow is expected for the weekend!
…ON UP TO WISP RESORT — Wisp is expecting some snow this weekend as well and they have a lot of fun planned as well. They have 18 trails open today and a base of 15-54”. Lori Epp says, “March came in like a lion and hasn’t let up yet!”
Saturday’s fun includes an OPEN PARK FREESTYLE EVENT where skiers and riders can show their stuff in 5 runs at the
So get out on the slopes for another FUN WEEKEND…as conditions could not be much better this late in March!
Until Next Time!Be sure to email photos, snow reports and comments to: [email protected] Visit www.SkiSoutheast.com and www.HighCountryWeather.com for more information.