Sunday’s Opening Day Provided Good Times…if not pristine conditions

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sugar mountain first day of 2015-2015 ski season

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Typically on any given opening day I’ll get more than a few emails or texts with some photos. On this particular opening day, I got ONE. No opening day photos or first chair photos or videos came in for Sugar OR Cataloochee. Neither resort posted any photos or videos to their own websites.

Wow. I call that a missed opportunity. Sure – there was a ton of marketing “juice” from getting open and of course Sugar’s Saturday ribbon cutting celebration was well attended and documented – but then nothing came out of either camp in terms of showing the rope drops or first chair.

I DID receive a few emails. The most notable was one from Ted Johannson from Hickory, NC who emailed me, “Thanks for keeping us informed about the openings. I drove up from Hickory to hit up Sugar’s slopes and was not disappointed. The new lift is awesome, although I don’t think that they it fully cranking. Great first day tho.”

sugar mountain first day of 2015-2015 ski seasonI received one text from a local Realtor friend of mine, Ron Kent, who sent this photo (it appears up top as well…for a better view. All Ron shared was, “Let’s ski soon.”


Someone from over at Cataloochee (presumably Tammy Brown) posted this via Twitter.


What? No photos? No videos? With all of those camera phones?

We’ll just HAVE to do better, don’t you think? I even checked out the messageboard and there were NO trip reports.

More than 10,300 people visited’s network of ski news and webcams – and they only got one photo from a chair lift. Oh well – I guess a Sunday opening with temps in the 50s and approaching 60° was not exactly what the doctor (or you guys) ordered.

That said – Cataloochee is planning on being open again on Monday. As far as we know – Sugar will as well. Go get ’em.

If you’re out skiing or snowboarding on Monday – send us a photo or video. If you send us a photo and we choose it as our Photo of the Day, we’ll send you a FREE LIFT PASS to ski this season at one of the region’s ski areas. If you send us a video, we’ll enter you in our first Vacation Giveaway for a FREE cabin rental, lift passes and equipment rentals.

Let’s see if that gets us some photos.

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