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NC, VA, SC, GA Ski Trip/Day Trip Get Together Meet Up Thread for 2013-2014 Season  

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Hi folks;

 

Here is the spot to post for meetups at NC and Western VA resorts like Beech, Appalachian, Sugar, Wintergreen, etc..

 

For starters there is a tent sale happening at Appalachian this month. Go trade up your gear!

 

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I'm all set to head to Massanutten the week before Christmas.  Hope some slopes will be open, unlike last year.

 

Ski Swaps

 

October 5 - Ski Haus, Annapolis, MD
October 27 - Ski Center, DC

Nov. 9-10 - Freestyle, Charlottesville, VA

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First post of the year....must be cold out. See yas soon!!

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Snowguns are on tonight at Massanutten!  Not just for testing either.

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Anyone planning on some midweek skiing in Snowshoe this year?  Decided to take advantage of their discount season pass last year and now need to get there enough to make it worthwhile!  It's a  5 1/2 hour trip, but what the heck!

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Anyone planning on some midweek skiing in Snowshoe this year?  Decided to take advantage of their discount season pass last year and now need to get there enough to make it worthwhile!  It's a  5 1/2 hour trip, but what the heck!

Driving from where?

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Sugar Mtn is open today!  Who knows how long that will last.  Guess Sugar wanted to beat Cat, which announced earlier this week that they will open tomorrow, Nov. 14.

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Driving from where?


I would be driving from just north of Charlotte, NC.

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Planning on a midweek January trip to either Sugar or Beech for my kids, does one mountain have wider trails than the other? This will only be one factor in my decision as the times draws nearer...

 

Thanks!

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Planning on a midweek January trip to either Sugar or Beech for my kids, does one mountain have wider trails than the other? This will only be one factor in my decision as the times draws nearer...

 

Thanks!

Are you talking about beginner greens or also intermediate blues?  How old are your kids?

 

I liked Beech better when my daughter was young, but others prefer Sugar.  For Beech, makes a big difference whether or not Oz is open.  By the time we started skiing in NC, she was 7 and already good enough to ski any blue and most blacks in the southeast.

 

When you go, regardless of where you ski, note that the town of Beech Mountain has a free sledding hill, complete with snowmaking.

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Anyone planning on some midweek skiing in Snowshoe this year?  Decided to take advantage of their discount season pass last year and now need to get there enough to make it worthwhile!  It's a  5 1/2 hour trip, but what the heck!

 

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Driving from where?


I would be driving from just north of Charlotte, NC.

Hmm, Raleigh isn't exactly on your way to Snowshoe.

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Planning on a midweek January trip to either Sugar or Beech for my kids, does one mountain have wider trails than the other? This will only be one factor in my decision as the times draws nearer...

Thanks!
IMO, Sugar has wider trails and is better for beginners. Easy Street is pretty much separated from faster skiers coming down flying mile. If its not crowded during a weekday, lower flying mile is wide open and can be accessed from the lower unloading station.

If they progress beyond that, there is Big Red, which is classified as a blue. It's wide, and is also served by is own lift and doesn't get traffic coming down upper flying mile.

The green slope at Beech, was pretty much a shit show of out of control skiers and faster skiers coming from the top. There is Oz, as marz mentioned, which is classified as a blue. But only because to get back to the base you have to take a blue or black. If a skier can negotiate the blues getting back to the base, then Oz would be a Great learning slope....if its open, which it isn't a lot of the time it seems.

There are a lot of things to not like about Sugar, but if I had my choice on a week day, I'd choose it over beech. Unfortunately weekends are pretty awful at both in the middle of the day. 10:30am-12 and 1-2:30 are really bad in my experience. Late Sundays things ease up it seems as vacationers head home.

Try going to YouTube and searching for videos of runs at both areas to see what you think. I do that for every resort I'm going to.
Edited by WC68 - 11/15/13 at 9:04am
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Thank you everyone for responding. I'll be driving up from Atlanta midweek if possible with my 6 & 9 year-old. The 6-year-old has been in lessons once in Colorado last year and was extremely timid on her skis. The older one started to ski the blues at Winterplace on her first trip two years ago and last year managed a green at Keystone (Schoolmarm to be exact). My question regarding trail width was due to her being very cautious in Colorado and having a very traversing approach to skiing. I think it took us over an hour to ski down Schoolmarm (but there were also no falls ;-)

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Hey all
ya we go to Sugar more then beech for a couple reasons 1) the road over 2)lift issues in the past. We like the runs better at Beech but we ski mid week (unless we are meeting Chance and that older guy he hangs out with, ore one of the other Bears) We ski more at Sugar but it is a zoo on the weekends on that main run mid point. Big red and Easy street are great learning areas and less crammed
. Lisa isnt teaching this year so we should get out a little more locally this year.
Work is busy for me again this year but a couple days at snow shoe might be fun (again week days are always best) We live just below Charlotte for the couple here that dont know us, That Lake Norman area is too upscale for us simple folk!!!!
Starting to watch the board now and hope to meet yas all again soon or for the first time,,,,YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!

Robin
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Now that mom's got a job and the kids are in regular school hours it's pretty impossible for me to sneak away to ski on a weekday.  I'm doomed to having to fight the crowds on weekends and holidays for the foreseeable future.  Looking at Thanksgiving Saturday as the most likely candidate for first tracks this season.  Then, I have a mandatory, unpaid furlough between Christmas and New Years where I'll have to burn PTO.  Perhaps a Saturday or Sunday or two in January depending on the kid's basketball and boy scout schedules.  Looking pretty solid for the Mid Atlantic gig in PA or WV to arrive late Friday and leave early Sunday.  Then perhaps one or two late season day trips to wrap it up.

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Thank you everyone for responding. I'll be driving up from Atlanta midweek if possible with my 6 & 9 year-old. The 6-year-old has been in lessons once in Colorado last year and was extremely timid on her skis. The older one started to ski the blues at Winterplace on her first trip two years ago and last year managed a green at Keystone (Schoolmarm to be exact). My question regarding trail width was due to her being very cautious in Colorado and having a very traversing approach to skiing. I think it took us over an hour to ski down Schoolmarm (but there were also no falls ;-)

Perhaps a smaller mountain will be less intimidating?  If you are going to stay a night or two, you might consider giving both a try.  Could ski at Sugar, then drive over to take a look at Beech and do some sledding.  Both have night skiing.  Beech is no longer going to close 4-6pm for grooming.  My daughter loved to ski under the lights at that age.  At Mnut, we would take a long lunch and go back around 3:00, then ski into the lights.

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Beech has been busy over the summer at the top of the mountain.  They built an indoor bar up there with outdoor seating . . . and restrooms!  The red barn is gone.  For those who haven't been to Beech, this addition really will make a difference when Oz is open.  Will make it possible to stay away from the crowds at the base during lunch time.

 

Apparently added more snowmaking equipment, including for Oz.  More importantly, slopes won't close 4-6pm for grooming any more.

 

http://www.beechmountainresort.com/media/news/146.html

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Being able,to,open up Oz is a plus. That lift is so painfully slow though... Glad to see Beech trying to improve things.

I'm hoping I can take a weekday or two before the end of the year to go up...but with my quarter ending 12/31, that might be difficult
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As of this morning, Mnut is hoping to open on Nov. 30.  Assuming the forecast for cold weather next week holds true.

 

Wintergreen expects to start snowmaking this weekend when the cold weather arrives.

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For those in the DC metro area, sounds like it's going to be easier to get to Timberline and CV.  More miles of Corridor H opening up on Nov. 22.
 
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Mom and kids are heading down south to pick up grandpa tomorrow.  Remembering that places had opened early this season it occurred to me that this would be a good time for me to sneak off to the northwest and ski for a couple hours.  So, I went online to check conditions..:hissyfit::hopmad::hissyfit:

 

 

 

Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait til next weekend.  Cold front should allow snow making most of the week.  I realize Sugar may have a WROD functional but I need more than that to justify the time and expense these days.

 

Who's in for Thanksgiving Saturday at Sugar or Beech?

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Cr, you are such a wimp...those conditions justify a $40 lift ticket don't you think?

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I'm hoping to get up,there this weekend. Probably Saturday if it works out.

I also found some aerial photos of the ski areas in this album if anyone is interested. Sugar is on the linked page, beech is on on page 1 or 2.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/livemusicphotography/sets/72157632775883638/page3/
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If lift ticket was the big expense I'd be there everyday.  6 hours of driving to ski for a couple is the deal breaker when conditions are that terrible.

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If lift ticket was the big expense I'd be there everyday.  6 hours of driving to ski for a couple is the deal breaker when conditions are that terrible.
I wouldn't drive from Boone to "ski" that.
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Fresh natural snow, 14 degrees, and snow guns blasting at Beech right now.  Should be cold all week.  Weekend is looking good.  Who's in where and when?  @Old Boot 

 

I'm actually toying with a quick trip Sunday hoping the resorts will be a little less crowded then.  Friday or Saturday will probably be chaos hahaha!


Edited by crgildart - 11/27/13 at 9:52am
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 App Ski Mtn is Open!
 

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is excited to be open for skiing & snowboarding today, Wednesday Nov. 27!

More terrain and depth is offered than ever before in our 52 year history, riding on 8 slopes including 2 terrain parks, with a 10 to 20 inch base.

Full Snow Report

 

Night Skiing will also begin tonight, from 5-10pm.

The STZ (Insert Catchy Name Here) Opening Weekend Contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 30. Don't miss the action and your chance to win a bunch of prizes including some CASH money! We also have a great selection of prizes for standouts as well, thanks to our Alpine Ski Shop.

Thanksgiving Day Hours:

Slopes open 9am - 5pm

Ice Skating - 2 sessions from 12-2pm, and 2:30-4:30pm

Thanksgiving Midnight Blast Weekend
Nov 29-30 Slopes open until Midnight the Friday & Saturday night following the Thanksgiving Holiday

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I'm thinking about Saturday. Might have to go to Wilmington Sunday...
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It will be a last minute call for me.  I'll need to have things coordinated with mom's shopping plans.  If she shops Saturday and doesn't have something set up for the kid(s) that don't go ski I'm out cause she can't take a kid Christmas shopping hahaha. 

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If I go,I'm most likely taking my 3 1/2 yr old. Ill probably get her her first private lesson for an hour or two then take her down to the daycare...and ski till 4pm.
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