Southern Snow Scene - 4 - 2011-2012
Sam Calhoun / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sugar Mountain Resort
As of presstime, Sugar Mountain Resort features a 12- to 40-inch base of manmade powder, with 10-of-20 slopes open and five-of-11 lifts in use.
Snow-tubing is open, ice skating is open and night skiing is available.
Sugar received five inches of natural snow from the early week storm.
Why not get eclectic with your snowsports and give snowshoeing a try this Saturday, Jan. 7, when National Winter Trails Day returns to Sugar Mountain Resort. For the 17th year, Sugar offers children and adults new to snowsports the chance to try snowshoeing for free during National Winter Trails Day, with sessions offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday’s program features a one-hour tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for age 12 or older, and children’s tours are for 8 to 11 year olds. Interested parties can signup at Sugar’s Ski/Snowboard School this Saturday.
And this has to make you smile: At noon, next Tuesday, Jan. 10, Sugar will honor our sport’s forefathers and fore-mothers with its annual Septuagenarian Party – an exclusive soiree for those age 70 and older that lionizes their contributions to the sport of skiing. And if you were born prior to 1942, remember that you qualify for free skiing at Sugar Mountain Resort – for life.
Hawksnest rang in the New Year in style, sporting big crowds and quality snow-tubing conditions, but Monday and Tuesday’s bold cold front brought wind and wind chills unfit for guests. Luckily, while closed, the resort was able to blow snow for more than two straight days. Three inches of natural snow and bitter cold conditions, though, complicated the situation by Wednesday morning.
According to Hawksnest Resort on Tuesday night, “We are thankful for the cold weather and natural snow, but now we need to dig out and repair our snow-tubing park lanes. Our expectation is to be on Thursday, Jan. 5, for snow-tubing at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.”
Beech Mountain Resort
As of presstime, Beech Mountain Resort features an 18- to 34-inch base of packed powder, with seven-of-15 trails open and four-of-seven lifts available.
Night skiing is currently available, and ice skating is open.
Beech received four inches of natural snow from the early week storm.
This Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8, Beech Mountain Resort celebrates Winterfest 2012, a salute to all things winter. While the Town of Beech’s Emerald Outback is alive with the N.C. State Snowshoe Championships, Beech Mountain Resort will be oozing arctic fun with the Bathing Beauty competition, the Village Rail Jam, live music, a slopestyle competition, the Roots Ride Shop Fashion Show and – everyone’s favorite – the Great Cardboard Box Derby Race and Visual Competition. Considerable sales on apparel and equipment will be held throughout the weekend, and the latest ski and snowboard equipment demos will also be featured. Other attractions, including a live ice-sculpting demonstration and figure skating demonstrations, are also part of Winterfest 2012.
“It really is a fun-filled weekend,” said Beech Mountain Resort Director of Marketing Talia Freeman. “You don’t have to ski or snowboard to come and celebrate the winter season with Beech Mountain.”
Appalachian Ski Mountain
As of presstime, Appalachian Ski Mountain and Appalachian Terrain Park feature 26- to 36-inch groomed bases, with seven-of-12 slopes open and five-of-six lifts available.
Night skiing is available, and ice skating is open.
Appalachian received more than two inches of natural snow from the early week storm.
The second installment in App’s terrifically popular Fresh Fridays Jam Session Series is this Friday, Jan. 6, offering a ‘fresh’ approach to terrain park competition with awards for “standout” performances. This week, participants will have to share their shredding between two Friday night events: Fresh Friday and K2 Snowboards’ Pop This! High Ollie event. Both events offer copious prizes, one of which is a Slayblade snowboard.
The following night, on Saturday, Jan. 7, App Terrain Park will host its first Ladies Park Night of the season, which offers a customized park setup designed specifically for progression with ladies in mind. LPNs are free-to-enter, open format sessions in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Thanks to some admirable snowmaking, App is reporting that Midnight Blast sessions – when skiing and boarding are offered until midnight – are now on a regular schedule, every Friday and Saturday night in January and February.
As always, check each resort’s website for daily updates.
Go play in the snow.
Other helpful links …
Jonas Ridge Snow-Tubing
N.C. Ski Areas Association
High Country Host Ski Website
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