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The First Resort to Open in the East is Located in [/drum roll]..North Carolina..wow?

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If you call 6-14 inches of base on 2 slopes opening, then there you have it.

http://www.cataloochee.com/
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wow

by those standards killington could open tommorrow this could be an interesting battle
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Originally Posted by WVSkier15 View Post
If you call 6-14 inches of base on 2 slopes opening, then there you have it.

http://www.cataloochee.com/
Looked as good as any opening day around here. I hear they have very high elevation (for the EC). Good for them!
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they were totally green yesterday. I bet the fact that thier base elevation is higher than any New englands resort peak elevation has something to do with it.
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Good for them.
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HA! That's cool. That dinky place is where I learned to ski back in high school. Good for them, getting a little exposure this year.

BTW, I got to ski The Meadows once... which is the big open area marked out of bounds on their map. It's natural snow only and they rarely get the chance to open it. lol
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what makes me mad I know seven springs could do the same thing but they wont.
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Any Sugar Mountain updates? They're usually one of the 1st east coast resorts to open.
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Woodbury(Ct) Ski area opened today!
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
Woodbury(Ct) Ski area opened today!
yep first on the east coast to open http://www.woodburyskiarea.com/winter/conditions.html
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Ahhh, you guys took the wind right out of our sails. lol
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
yep first on the east coast to open http://www.woodburyskiarea.com/winter/conditions.html
How do you like those M-F operating hours:

Weekends 10:00am to 10:00pm | Mon-Fri 4:00 am to 10:00pm

Opens at 4:00am? That'd be a new one...night skiing in the morning...

I'm sure that's a typo on their part.
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
what makes me mad I know seven springs could do the same thing but they wont.
We have a pretty good anti-WRD policy. We don't open with one or two runs, we open when we can provide the entire front face at minimum. Blowing now to open a run or two is financially pointless for a resort our size. Not to mention the forecast is for 50's early next week.

We'll be a few days behind Snowshoe, but with more terrain. Actually, their idea of opening Thanksgiving week seems odd to me. Lots of empty chairs will be running on those lifts until the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is when we'll likely open...as long as the temperature cooperates.
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
How do you like those M-F operating hours:

Weekends 10:00am to 10:00pm | Mon-Fri 4:00 am to 10:00pm

Opens at 4:00am? That'd be a new one...night skiing in the morning...

I'm sure that's a typo on their part.
I'd hate to have to make their morning line up :
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post
I'd hate to have to make their morning line up :
Naw...you'd have an advantage. They probably don't have a Foggy Goggle to crawl out of...
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True, true.
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
How do you like those M-F operating hours:

Weekends 10:00am to 10:00pm | Mon-Fri 4:00 am to 10:00pm

Opens at 4:00am? That'd be a new one...night skiing in the morning...

I'm sure that's a typo on their part.

and at 11:04am the webcam shot shows the slope in solitude, not a soul to be found!!
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Woodbury opens at 3:30pm today, called their snowline. Im about 40min away was thinking about heading down there, get a couple turns in and hit some rails. Still not sure what to expect. That cam image didnt seem too promising.
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Originally Posted by madmike View Post
HA! That's cool. That dinky place is where I learned to ski back in high school. Good for them, getting a little exposure this year.

BTW, I got to ski The Meadows once... which is the big open area marked out of bounds on their map. It's natural snow only and they rarely get the chance to open it. lol
The one and only time I skied there I got to try it out, too. I think it was maybe my fifth time on skis, pretty much got my sss handed back to me.
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
Looked as good as any opening day around here. I hear they have very high elevation (for the EC). Good for them!
The NC mountains are way higher than any place in New England. They have something like 59 mountains over 5000'. How many in Vermont and New Hampshire are that high???

I was in Boone, NC 2 weeks ago and we drove up to Sugar and Beech mtns. No even slight sign of snow making- back that was back in mid-Oct.

I'll have to go check Cataloochee out soon- went there over MLK day 4 years ago and they actually had some natural snow over the weekend and it was very cold- way colder than when I ski out west in March!
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Um, Mt. Washington in NH is the only mountain in the Appalachians not in NC that is over 6,000 ft. So, yes, there is a place in New England just as (nearly) high as Mt. Mitchell.
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Yup...the Blacks in NC are pretty impressive, would like to check them out someday. There are several 5,000ft'ers in NH and don't forget the Daks in NY.
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the highest moutain on the east isnt even mt. washington...........anyone guess what is?
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Mt. Mitchell (near Boone NC)
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well done, and thats at 6684'
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
The NC mountains are way higher than any place in New England. They have something like 59 mountains over 5000'. How many in Vermont and New Hampshire are that high???
I was bored enough to look this up. The New Hampshire 4,000+ foot list is at http://home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/nh-4000-footers.html. If I counted correctly, seven of those cross the 5,000 foot mark. Most of those are in the Presidential Range, withthe exception of Lincoln and Lafayette which are in Franconia Notch.

Vermont doesn't have any; Maine has one (Katahdin). See their list at: http://home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/ne-4000-footers.html
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
Any Sugar Mountain updates? They're usually one of the 1st east coast resorts to open.
Sugar and Beech still are closed. It's been warm.
post #28 of 29
Awesome to hear about Cataloochee this early! They apparently had a pretty good season last year having opened The Meadows for the first time in a while (never skied it myself but have heard from people who have and said it was as close to out west as you can get in NC). Has the weather down there allowed for any more earlier than expected opennings?
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It has been warm there. I actually paddled north of Asheville, NC on Saturday. It is supposed to cool down this week. Cataloocheee is still open but not much snow left.
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