Up to 10″ of SNOW fell Yesterday Across the Region!

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We want to make you aware of one event before we get into reviews of this past weekend and additional notes and comments.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort Announces Slope Style Competition!

The competition will heat up on January 27th at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort as the slopes host a slope style competition at Park Place, the resort’s new Terrain Park. The new park is located just off Upper Boardwalk on the Breakaway side of Wolf Ridge. The competition begins at 1 PM and will include skiers and snowboarders.

Each competitor will be given 2 runs judged by a panel of 3 judges. The score will be based on style, amplitude and technicality. The top 5 competitors will move on to a final 3rd run. Prizes will be given to top 3 competitors. (possible prizes could be cash, gear, passes, trophy)

Registration for the competition will begin at 9 AM at the Upper Wolf Ridge Lodge. There will be a $15 registration fee and a 25% discount on lift tickets for competitors. Prizes will be given to top 3 competitors.

The event is co-sponsored by Breakaway Village, Zero Gravity Skate Park of Brevard, Red Bull and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. For more information call 828-689-4111.

Now to Our Regularly Scheduled Program…!

What a Weekend! The weather was GREAT on Friday and Saturday across the region and Sunday was a mixed bag of winter weather! Wisp Resort received 10” of snow in the last 24 hours, Snowshoe reported 4” or so, Timberline 7”, then Winterplace (just a little south) saw just 2” of snow.

The Virginia resorts all saw 2-3” of snow and then all of the North Carolina resorts saw an mix of icy rain, sleet and flurries…which all disappear when the temps warmed late Sunday. Snow is in the forecast on and off all week long and snowmaking temps are in the forecast through the next several days so we can expect more and more slopes to open, and conditions that will all but erase the bad memories of a poor start to the ski season. You can’t much better than packed powder conditions at the Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia ski areas, and all resort across the Southeast are in very nice shape.

We’ve had several people write us about the amazing turn around from where we all were just one week ago! Last Monday things were sketchy with thin cover and bare spots at most resorts in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic…and here one week later we are looking at normal, mid season conditions at most areas and now we’re just looking for the rest of the terrain to open up.

Welcome Dave Snow…

I don’t know how to take the feelings that I’m having this morning! We posted an article written by our newest columnist late in the afternoon on Sunday and we have received more comments and feedback from his story than all that we have posted this season! My mixed feelings are due to the fact that many wrote us this morning to say that it was the best story of the season! So I guess I’m a little jealous!

Okay, now I’m over the petty jealousy (that didn’t last long did it?) and I’d have to say that adding additional contributing writers was a great idea. We will be setting up dedicated email addresses for our writers later this week and we invite you to write our columnists directly. I’m certain that I speak for Dave and each of our columnists when I say that we all like to receive feedback – good and “not so good”.

As per Dave’s story, I can honestly say that we have received numerous comments and responses to it and every single one of them agree with his comments. I personally have a “take” on the points written within his story and I have also heard from some of our contacts that work up at Ski Beech as well as one of their management and we’ll probably be writing an update to Dave’s story. I have found it amazing as to how well Dave’s points were taken and look forward to future rants and raves.

If you have a comment, please send it to [email protected]  and we’ll probably be posting some of your emails as a summary of the opinions “out there”.

Until Next Time…


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