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 even though I was a Tar Heel.

 

UNC-CH grad?

 

86 MS in Physics for me.

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 even though I was a Tar Heel.

 

UNC-CH grad?

 

86 MS in Physics for me.


I'm a bit ahead of you.  Undergrad until 1978 then graduate student in Biostatistics after that.  Moved to Chapel Hill from New York City in 1972 so I've been in the Research Triangle for quite a while.  Came well before US29 was made 4-lane all the way from Danville to I-66.

post #33 of 273

Hello fellow skiers, excited as always to get in some turns this year!

 

Last winter I explored Beech and Sugar for a day each with my children, both mountains got a thorough review from me on this site (caveat, only one day does not define a mountain).

 

Soon I will be doing a day trip from Atlanta up to Cataloochee, very likely next week in fact. My SUV is a gas pig, my friend's vehicle is a pseudo-sports car with rear-wheel drive and sports tires (but better gas mileage). Does anyone have some input on the drive up to Cataloochee and whether there tends to be icy roads as one nears the mountain?

 

Thanks and hope to ski with some bears on the east coast this winter. It is unlikely the budget allows for anything out west this year...

 

Glenn

post #34 of 273
Only been to Cat once, but don't remember the drive out of the valley being sketchy. Of course if it's s mowing that could change things.
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Hello fellow skiers, excited as always to get in some turns this year!

 

Last winter I explored Beech and Sugar for a day each with my children, both mountains got a thorough review from me on this site (caveat, only one day does not define a mountain).

 

Soon I will be doing a day trip from Atlanta up to Cataloochee, very likely next week in fact. My SUV is a gas pig, my friend's vehicle is a pseudo-sports car with rear-wheel drive and sports tires (but better gas mileage). Does anyone have some input on the drive up to Cataloochee and whether there tends to be icy roads as one nears the mountain?

 

Thanks and hope to ski with some bears on the east coast this winter. It is unlikely the budget allows for anything out west this year...

 

Glenn


Hopefully Cat can start making snow again by Thursday.  Got kinda warm the last day or two.  Cat has the 1 run guarantee on lift tickets but I would imagine that you would not want to take advantage of that after doing the drive from Atlanta.

 

Very unlikely to have to worry about the roads in Nov.  While it's supposed to get cold, no snow in the forecast.  Even after mid-season snowstorms that drop 6+ inches in the NC mountains, the road up to Cat is usually in better shape than the one that goes up to Beech Mountain from what I've seen in SkiSE trip reports.

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Mnut has been blowing snow all over the mountain since some time Thursday night.  Including at the top of Lift 6.  Last year DJ was open early on.  Certainly hope that will be the case again.  I'll be there Dec. 19 for a long weekend with my daughter and friends.

 

 

Only have one webcam working at the moment.  I think they had to move the second one as part of the construction project for the new ski school building.  That project got behind so won't be completed until after ski season is over.

post #37 of 273

App is opening Nov. 20.  Hope to see some pics of NC skiing during late Nov.

 

SkiSE is adding webcams in several places.  There are now 5 webcams at Snowshoe, several are live.  Wintergreen also has a live webcam.  Have heard that Mnut will have three soon.  Piles of snow to be seen at all of the ski areas in NC, TN, WV, MD, VA.  I expect all of them to be open by Thanksgiving weekend.

post #38 of 273

Beech is going after beginners in a big way.  They installed a magic carpet in the teaching area.  New all day daycare with on snow time for little ones ages 3-5.  Free lesson for people ages 8 and older who rent Mon-Thu.

 

http://www.beechmountainresort.com/media/news/197.html

 

New Equipment & Learning Opportunities

FREE SKIING & SNOWBOARDING LESSONS

Skiing and snowboarding lessons are valuable to everyone from excited first timers to those getting back in the game. Now, enjoy a free lesson included with the purchase of rental equipment. Lessons will be available Monday through Thursday for ages eight and older. 

 

ROSSIGNOL EXPERIENCE CENTER-NEW RENTAL EQUIPMENT

The all-new Rossignol Ski Experience Center at Beech Mountain offers the latest collection of high performance rental equipment for 2014-15, including brand-new Rossignol Experience skis and Rossignol boots for men and women. Whatever your level of expertise, our Rossignol Experience gives you the quality gear and confidence you need to have a great ski experience.

 

Snow & Slope Improvements

 

MAGIC CARPET LIFT ACCESS FROM THE PLAY YARD

Beech Mountain Ski Resort recently installed a brand new Magic Carpet conveyor lift to enhance the ski and snowboarding experience for all, especially beginners, by providing a hassle-free and stress-free way to get up the beginner slope. Located in the Play Yard, the Magic Carpet will eliminate any pre-ride jitters for beginners of all ages.

New Programs for the Kids

SNOW KAMP

Snow Kamp provides a positive first-time experience of skiing and snowboarding to children while supporting parents with all day childcare. Children ages 3-5 years old are welcome to participate in this fun and welcoming introduction to snow sports and the mountain, where they will be encouraged to play and while learning skiing or snowboarding fundamentals. When they are ready, all participants can receive quality coaching from our team of trained instructors with a three-phase lesson plan all about safety, fun, and education, with a gentle learning curve designed to provide fun on and off the snow. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a day on the slopes while their kids learn and play in the snow in this day-long program, including lunch and snacks.

post #39 of 273

Yet another SE ski area is going after beginners with the hope to get them hooked after lessons.  Cat is implementing a program like the one that Killington started a couple years ago.  Sign up and take 5 lessons for a good price, then get a pair of skis after the 5th lesson.  For ages 12 and up.  Cat is working with the same company as Snowshoe, Killington and several other ski areas that have invested money in building features in the teaching area for terrain based instruction.

 

http://www.cataloochee.com/school/lesson_programs.php - Cataloochee, NC

 

Slide in 5 Purchase Online Only Here!
Cataloochee Ski Area partners with Elan Skis this season to offer a new multi-day beginner’s package, “Slide in 5” for the 2014-15 season. The “Slide in 5” package includes lift tickets, ski rentals and lessons for any five day, twilight or night ski sessions during the season, and participants who complete all five lessons will receive a FREE set of Elan skis branded with the Cataloochee logo. Lessons last 1 3/4 hours for each day of the package. You must be twelve years of age or older to participate in the program. In order to insure the best possible lesson experience and instructor availability, this package not recommended for use during holiday periods from 12/26/2014 - 1/2/2015 or 1/18 - 1/19/2015, or 2/14-2/15/2015.

The “Slide in 5” package is available for purchase now by clicking here! Cost for this 5 day session is $299. Only 400 packages will be sold this season
 

post #40 of 273

Here is the marketing video that Snowshoe has on their website about the new beginner terrain features.  It was put together as part of the package deal being offered by a consulting company called Snow Operations.  Snow Operations has trademarked the term "Terrain Based Learning" aka TPL.

 

 

post #41 of 273

Snow weather webpage for CV/Timberline.  Looks like it's updated daily at 7am.  Cold in WV this morning!

 

http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com

 

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Looks like Sugar has opened their new trail, Gunther's Way.  They have 2 paths available from the Summit as of today ... Northridge to Upper and Lower Flying Mile, and Northridge to Gunther's Way.  Appalachian opened to day as well.  Big Appal trail was open along with most of the beginner/intermediate rated trails.  Considering it is pre-Thanksgiving, that's not bad at all.

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Looking forward to hearing about/seeing video of Gunthers
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Looking forward to hearing about/seeing video of Gunthers

me too

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Looks like Sugar has opened their new trail, Gunther's Way.  They have 2 paths available from the Summit as of today ... Northridge to Upper and Lower Flying Mile, and Northridge to Gunther's Way.  Appalachian opened to day as well.  Big Appal trail was open along with most of the beginner/intermediate rated trails.  Considering it is pre-Thanksgiving, that's not bad at all.


That new blue trail is big . . . nine acres (Sugar was 115 acres before), 150 feet wide, 2,900 feet long with 700 foot vertical drop.  For comparison Beech has 830' vertical overall and Winterplace only 580'.  Except for the Western Territory, most Snowshoe top-to-bottom trails are 700-800' vertical.

post #46 of 273
Well, Gunthers was reclassified as Blue/Black today....wonder what happened?
post #47 of 273

heres a pic from across the highway. Looks fun to me...could make some big radius turns..might have to take my Bonafides to Sugar for a break in.

 

This run will surely alleviate some weekend crowding...too bad the lifts are so painfully slow. Anyone here have any idea the last time they actually ran the double? Does it even work? I havent skied Sugar many times, but ive never seen it turning.

post #48 of 273

Summary of options for skiing Thanksgiving weekend.  I assume Cat, Sugar, and App will try to stay open daily this week although perhaps not on Thanksgiving Day.  Bryce is open this weekend, Nov. 22-23.  Mnut is making snow again this afternoon.  Looks they will have the entire tubing hill open this weekend, not just a couple of lanes.

NC: Cataloochee, Sugar, App, Beech (11/28)

 

VA: Massanutten (11/28), Wintergreen (11/29), Bryce (guessing 11/29, if not 11/28)


WV: Snowshoe (11/26), Canaan Valley (11/29)

post #49 of 273
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Chance of Snow and I will head up Black Friday or Saturday depending on what mom has planned.  Will probably make the call at the last minute after looking at the sale papers..i.e. ski vehicle may be needed for shopping Friday but we'd prefer to ski Friday if not.  Will be a quick trip probably only skiing a couple hours then might grab a tree on the way back out of Boone.

 

Ski hill destination probably depends on if Sled Dog comes along.  If she comes Appalachian is more likely with the smaller logistics for me to up keep them both, each skiing separate trails.  If it's just the boys than we'll probably shoot for Beech but defer to Sugar if a late start or trail reports favor Sugar that day.

 

Stoked regardless!

 

:ski

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Lil sis is skipping the first outing this weekend so no restrictions on where we can go. Will check Black Friday sales, webcams and snow reports Wednesday night and Thursday then set sail for whatever looks best to us Friday or Saturday morning, hopefully Friday.

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Lil sis is skipping the first outing this weekend so no restrictions on where we can go. Will check Black Friday sales, webcams and snow reports Wednesday night and Thursday then set sail for whatever looks best to us Friday or Saturday morning, hopefully Friday.


Did you see the weather forecast by the weatherman in Charlotte who contributes to SkiSE?  Shows the second storm Thanksgiving week that could bring snow to NC and WV.

 

post #52 of 273
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^^^I've been looking at the three and five day forecasts that all confirm that.  OK so Sugar looks like they already have decent blue terrain open.  Beech is holding off and planning to open Friday.  There is zero info on their website as to base depth or what runs they plan to open Friday.  However, looking at the temps, forecasts, and webcams I have a hunch they will have plenty of terrain open when they crank up the lifts Friday.  Only reservation is that they used to be notorious for lift problems on day one.  That was awhile back though.  I'm actually leaning towards Beech just because it will likely be a lot less crowded than Sugar since they haven't been providing any details of what they plan to have running Friday and everyone knows Sugar will have quite a few trails open Friday.  If we get to Beech and they really suck with only Freestyle open I'll just work with Chance of Snow on his skiing to make the most of mediocre terrain choices.  But, I have a hunch that most of the blues will be open.  That would be just fine for our needs Friday.

post #53 of 273
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Beech is reporting 5" of fresh within the past 24 hours and it is still coming down there.  No doubt they will groom it down to secure the base on the main trails and too early in the season to be safe to ski off the trails.  But, it sure will be pretty up there in the morning.  Temps should be in the teens early morning hitting high 20s/low 30s mid afternoon.  Can't wait to hit the road in the morning..:yahoo:  Depending in when I wake up and get in the car, we'll probably ski from about 10am til about 2 then go get a tree.

post #54 of 273
It's surprisingly nice up here at Snowshoe. 12" in the last 24 hours. 11 trails are open including greens to black. They've been blowing snow, so I presume they're trying to open more trails. Conditions are really good. Apparently, the first day was so-so. The latest storm changed that. Looks like the middle of winter up here. Temps are due to rise through Sunday. Hopefully, it will be decent though the weekend.

This is our first time here, and it's been great. Still trying to get the lay of the land. Was able to take advantage of the kids ski free deal, so that's cool. Didn't think we'd be skiing this early in the season. It's been awesome!
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It's surprisingly nice up here at Snowshoe. 12" in the last 24 hours. 11 trails are open including greens to black. They've been blowing snow, so I presume they're trying to open more trails. Conditions are really good. Apparently, the first day was so-so. The latest storm changed that. Looks like the middle of winter up here. Temps are due to rise through Sunday. Hopefully, it will be decent though the weekend.

This is our first time here, and it's been great. Still trying to get the lay of the land. Was able to take advantage of the kids ski free deal, so that's cool. Didn't think we'd be skiing this early in the season. It's been awesome!


If it's getting crowded on the main mountain, consider taking the shuttle to Silver Creek at lunch time.  The cafeteria can be relatively empty.  The Silver Creek slopes range from green to black.  Lift lines do not get nearly as long.

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If it's getting crowded on the main mountain, consider taking the shuttle to Silver Creek at lunch time.  The cafeteria can be relatively empty.  The Silver Creek slopes range from green to black.  Lift lines do not get nearly as long.


Probably good advice in general for the season, but I do not believe any trails are open at Silver Creek yet.

post #57 of 273

Was up at Suagr last Saturday. Nice day. They opened the lift 30 minutes early (thank you Sugar!) Not much open but good to be out and conditions were not bad considering its pre TG and its all man made.

 

 I can tell you what happened with the blue/black on Gunther's. People started to ski the upper section and found out out real fast that the first 1/4 of it is steep. Single black for sure. I don't have video of it but after the first two runs it was boilerplate anyway.

 

I finished the day doing laps on Flying Mile from the Summit 1 load off. Just as well first day out this season getting the legs warmed up.

post #58 of 273
Not sure if they're open or not. Will have to check it out. Lines are starting it get long...
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My crowd analysis was on the money.  We rolled in to Beech lot one at 10:15 and  found a spot 9 cars from the front.  No lines, although true to form Beech lived up to her bad reputation with lift reliability.  We headed over to the quad at 12:15 to grab one run from the top before lunch.  Saw there was a line and noticed the lift wasn't moving.  5 minutes later still not moving so we took a lunch break.  came back 20 minutes later and it still wasn't running, but they had apparently gotten it up long enough to get everyone off of it before shutting it down again.  We skied lower Shawneehaw a couple more times after lunch then noticed the quad was running again, about 2 pm.  We took it up and it seems to be fixed.  All in all a pretty good first day, no major problems, but it would have sucked to be ON the quad when it got stuck for at least 15 minutes.  I'd have gone even if I had known the quad would be an issue.  The snow was REALLY good and they still gave regular weekday rates today.  My son and I got all day tickets for $67 total.  :yahoo: 

 

 


Edited by crgildart - 11/28/14 at 5:46pm
post #60 of 273

Video of Sugar last Saturday. Pretty nice for week before Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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