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Old 11-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Disclaimer: P&S cameras and washing machines do not get along well so all photos had to be taken on my phone.

As opening day drew nearer, the decision to go skiing looked like it woild not happen for me but at the last minuteon Friday morning, I called BFeller who was only 30 minutes away from passing through Winston Salem. I begged him to stop and pick me up so we set out for a really fun day.

Arrived around midmorning, and set out to the top of Upper Shawneehaw. The snow was actually very good and the grooming was good too. Of course we did not get there for first chair like some other SkiSE peeps. The snow remained good throughout the day and held up much better than I anticipated given the temps in the 50s. The coverage was great and the few bare spots came from being ridden over and will easily be groomed out. It never got very soft and as the shadows came out around 3, it really started firming back up.

On the way home, we were surpised to see a familiar red truck parked outside AppNet so we stopped in and had a nice little visit. Thanks Mike!

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Ran into a couple of SkiSE folks who were already having a good time.

Mellow





Enton



White Lightning looks the same as last year, let's hope that changes.



Robbins has a lot of big whales all the way down one side.





BFeller surveying Shawneehaw. If you look really hard, you can see a couple of rails set up at the merge of Upper and Lower Shawneehaw.



There was a little corduroy left for the Captain.



My first Beech day of the season! I had a blast!

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Old 11-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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looks quite nice.I'm so rdy to get back out there.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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Wish I could have been there. Looks like fun.
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Sux the temp gonna be warm over the weekend, on top of me being sick ATM. If it weren't both of these factors combined, I would be planning a day trip.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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Nice report and pics. I was there as well, no need to make another thread. I got about 3rd chair this morning. It was really firm starting out, but it softened up nicely around 10am. Crowds were light and I never waited for a chair. I left around 11:45. I forgot my jacket, but temps were warm, so it didn't matter. I think Beech has enough snow to move around to survive the warm up. I wish more could have been opened, but it was a nice opening day.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #6
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Nicely done Pinkie. I will try to make it up some other time, as I still owe you a beer and some lunch. Would've been there but I've got a Benefit ride (Holiday Ride in the Hampton) tomorrow, and with driving to go to Can-U-Ski, it was just too much driving to handle. Glad to see you guys get some.
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Love it! Wish I could've been there with ya...
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:35 PM   #8
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Wow Beech looked great for opening day! Glad everyone seemed to have a good time! You guys will have to keep me updated on all the Beech happenings! Nice pics Pink!
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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It was a fine opening day. The slopes that they opened were in fine shape. There were no lift lines and the 35 bucks for lift ticket was perfect. SkiPink did not have to beg to me to pick her up. I was exceptionally happy to have someone along for the drive. I guess that was Griz with Mellow.

Tmiller - was that you with the GoPro on a stick?
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Tmiller - was that you with the GoPro on a stick?
Oh of course! Did you see the 2 I had mounted on my fanny pack??
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things are looking up for beech it seems!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:46 PM   #12
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Beech Day 2. The snow was pretty soft today as the temps just didn't drop as much last night as we would all like but the snow held up much better than I thought. There were almost no lines except for a couple of times. Easy to lap all day, unless you had jelly legs like I did! Got to see more friends including Davidski, The Skiwryter family (including all the cousins too!) and Winter and his family. This weekend was the start of a great season.

These two are my favorite pictures of the day. Winter and his daughter. "Fishy" just started skiing last year and there were many frustrating days for her but today ws her first trip up the quad and down Upper Shawneehaw! Congrats to her, she had great form and all smiles. What a great father-daughter experience!











And a few courtesy of Skiwryter









Another fun day with friends!
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Say hi to Kelly for me!
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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Oh of course! Did you see the 2 I had mounted on my fanny pack??

"Did you see the 2 I had mounted on my fanny pack??" Um - No - Not a place that I would have been looking.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:38 AM   #15
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I'll just tag along on Pink's report --

Nothing like a imbibing a big Beech Snocone, I was going to say Slushie but the truth is even at 1:30 when I left it was still skiing firm to mash potatoes. Lapping 100 % vert on a 55 degree bluebird day always feels like a small miracle. Beech has taken their snowmaking to a new level.

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Upper and lower Mt. SnoCone






Skipink looking confident



Bultaco mashing potatoes (by the way I did make it back on time for my 6 o'clock dinner in Durham)



This whale was a temptation that at least one guy couldn't resist



There were 35 to 40 Ski patrol on the mountain and he got an instant welcome committee



Here he's actually saying "Oh, Is this ok?" to the group in red, we're yelling at him "Sure it is, Go Huge! ....Do it!" but he ignominiously slid down the side to meet the crowd of patrol




A nice day, but it still just feels like a preview to the actual season



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