Today marks the end of our tenth season of reporting here on SkiNC.com and fourth for SkiSoutheast.com. We’ll post some closing comments on Monday and we may post an update or two as we have some input to share with you guys. So check back.
Cataloochee closed for the season. Tammy Brown of Cataloochee wrote us that she and the staff would be taking only a few days off and then they would be getting right to their planned, off-season construction. They plan on starting on April 10th. She said that they planned to be ready to make snow on November 1st (if Mother Nature is ready). It’s hard to believe that its just seven months away!
Cataloochee operated for 121 days this winter.
Kent Jackson sent us some great images from Cataloochee’s closing day and we’ll post those this morning. We’re also expecting more from Mark McKelvy and others and we’ll post those as we get them. Check out the Cataloochee Photos of the Day.
Snowshoe is preparing for an action-packed summer of fun. As Snowshoe puts the finishing touches on their 32nd ski season, they are looking forward to a fun-filled summer of mountain biking, golfing, fishing and much more. From wine and jazz festivals to motorcycle rallies, Snowshoe’s events offer something for everyone.
Ed Galford, Vice President of Operations and 33 year Snowshoe veteran (and Harrison Ford look-alike (sorry Ed)) says, “This summer will be a busy one at Snowshoe Mountain with a variety of events and a bike program that will be the best in the east, not to mention the construction of a new high-speed quad for the 2006-2007 ski season.”
TIMBERLINE RESORT – They don’t update on Sunday, but their update from Saturday showed 28 trails open with partially groomed conditions as well. Expect much the same for today’s closing fun. They have some local challenge races going on and as with Snowshoe…expect some thin coverage and bare areas.
Timberline also wanted us to make sure that you were aware that they are as busy during the Summer as they are in the Winter. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then put Timberline Resort in your vacation plans for a visit. They offer over 100 miles of mountain biking trails, and are proud to be a part of the mountain bike mecca. Ride from your door at Timberline to sample many miles of classic eastern single track riding at its best. Venture to
They also have World class to family whitewater rafting available on the
If you love horses – they offer horseback riding too! Horses make sight-seeing easy and fun, even if you have never been on a horse before. Ride their trails along beautiful mountain streams up to breathtaking views. Choose just a short ride to get a feeling for the experience, or choose a full day of riding, maybe stop for lunch and some great photo opportunities!
Only a few minutes drive from Timberline is trout fishing, golf and much more in the way of outdoor activities.
WISP RESORT – Wisp Resort will ski and ride the last day of the 2005-2006 ski season today on 15 trails. They too have thin coverage and bare areas.
It wouldn’t be fair to not mention the fact that the
Golf is probably the calmest outdoor activity that Wisp Resort offers. If you’re looking for some heart-pounding fun…they have that too. Mountain biking is taking on a whole new attitude and altitude at Wisp Outdoors. It’s called free-riding and it’s making headlines all over the country. Wisp’s new
Wisp also offers MountainBoarding which is a combination of snowboarding and skateboarding. There’s nothing like mountainboarding on the slopes of Wisp to challenge any level of boarder. Take Chair #1 for access to miles of mixed-trail and downhill terrain for all skill levels. They even offer lessons!
Whitewater is really big in the rivers of the
If you want something a bit more tame…try Fly Fishing! Wisp Resort offers one of the best fly fishing areas in the country. Their instructors live to fly fish and can teach you how to cast or improve your fly fishing techniques. Try a two-day school that combines classroom and on-stream principles. Wisp Outdoors is an Orvis endorsed outfitter. Their season opens on Monday, April 3rd.
Wisp Outdoors also offers a Skatepark, Paintball, Disc Golf, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Guided Horseback riding, and they have a ton of fun for families and groups as well.
So as we bring the 2005-2006 ski season to a close…stay active and we’ll see you next season!
Until Next Time…
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