Southeast Skier’s Update for Saturday, March 4th, 2006

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I’m visiting with family and working remotely this morning from the “flatlanders of Hickory, NC ” so I am compiling all of the data that normally pours into my laptop and I’m combining the reports for SkiNC and into one morning update.  I’ve never thought to mention it before (I don’t know why) but I actually work “portably” all of the time as I keep all of SkiNC’s and SkiSoutheast’s data, photos, and update links and software on a laptop and even when I’m at my office I work from this same machine, which basically allows me to keep my office computer separate from all of the data that I get all day, everyday from hundreds of you guys.  It also makes it such that I can update from home or from the many locations that we visit during the season.  I have a massive resource of links, excel spreadsheet of hundreds of television, newspaper and resort contacts, and my SkiNC and SkiSoutheast manager programs all at my fingertips anytime – anywhere.  Additionally the tens of thousands of emails that you guys have sent throughout this season are all segregated to this one machine.  I’ll bet I have the largest collection of some of the best photographs from every resort in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic right here on my lap – right now.  Amazing isn’t it?

Okay – enough about modern technology and on to what you people came here for – the latest on what’s going on with the weather and around the region’s wonderful ski areas.

Since we’re combining both reports today, we’re going to take you from North to South and begin with Wisp Resort in Maryland .  The Garrett County, Maryland resort has not been as “snow starved” as some of the region’s resorts.  They have actually SURPASSED their average season total of 100” ALREADY this season with 109” of snow thus far and we still have some ways to go!  They are reporting 18° this morning and they made snow last night in selected areas and conditions will be s-w-e-e-t on the 32 trails they are operating today!

Canaan Valley received 3” of new snow on Friday and conditions couldn’t be much better on 24 trails with packed powder conditions.

Timberline Resort also picked up 3” of snow and is in primo shape for today on the 30 open trails and they have about 5” of snow in their back country / cross country skiing trails.

Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia also received another 3” of snow which takes them to 146” of snow on the season.  Snowshoe has all of their trails open, but “only” 55 of them are available to us, as they have some competitions going on today.  Expect packed powder conditions at THE SHOE! In addition to the 3” of new snow, they are also making snow (only at night).

Winterplace Resort didn’t get in on the snow as they only saw some light flurries throughout the day on Friday.  However they did make snow and conditions will be great today on 27 trails with 8 lifts servicing them!  Winterplace also is hosting the Harris Teeter Race Weekend.  Win cool stuff including skis and snowboards.

We’ll cover the Virginia resorts next and hit them alphabetically. (I’m bored so work with me here!)

Bryce Resort made snow and they are skiing on 6 trails today with groomed conditions.  Bryce PLANS on staying open until March 19th, weather permitting.

Massanutten Resort made snow and is in great shape today on 14 trails serviced by 7 lifts.

The Homestead Resort is reporting that they made snow and they have six trails running today with groomed conditions.

Wintergreen Resort – They made snow last night and groomed their trails for today and they have 24 trails running. The bumps on Upper Wild Turkey are in great shape. The Plunge and the Slide are open today with 2 hour sessions starting at 10 am for some thrilling tubing.

Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee made snow last night which as far as we can tell is an amazing oddity in and of itself because they have rarely if ever made snow in March.  Reports say that they made snow to touch up the area for this Sunday’s Spring Fling Festivities.  They are skiing and riding on 6 trails today with Groomed and Loose conditions.

Next to the NC Areas.

Appalachian made snow last night and should be in great shape on all 9 groomed trails.  Appy is one of the best at grooming trails and they should be in corduroy shape early and loosen up as the day goes on.

Cataloochee made snow last night and is 100% open with 10 trails of groomed snow. Also, The Cat is hosting their biggest and best season pass sale ever will begin on Sunday, March 5 with the lowest season pass prices for this year and next. All passes purchased now will be good for skiing and riding for the rest of this season and for the 2006/2007 season. Cataloochee’s planned closing date is March 26. And their blowout $96.50 midweek season pass will be on sale for one day only, Sunday, March 5 from 8:30am-4:30pm, in conjunction with Oldies 96.5 radio. And if you can’t be present to purchase on Sunday, you can call in and purchase with a credit card over the phone.

Hawksnest Resort made snow and is in great shape for today’s races! They are hosting the Extreme Ski & Snowboard Competition on Saturday, March 4th. Skier & Boardercross and Slopestyle events. No entry fee, just buy lift ticket for reduced rate of $35. This is Hawks last full week of ski/boarding & snow tubing. Next week, March 6th, they will close Monday – Thursday and reopen for ski/boarding and snow tubing on Friday March 10th. The weekend schedule will be Friday 12:30pm to midnight, Saturday 9am – midnight, Sunday 9am – 4:30pm.

Ski Beech is running with Frozen Granular and Packed Manmade conditions on 13 trails today.  They closed the small CrossWay trail and conditions should be very nice for today.  It was 14 degrees this morning and Beech made snow overnight.

Wolf Laurel did not make snow as far as we can tell and they are down to TEN trails today on 18” of groomed snow.

Until Next Time!

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