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“Life on LeConte” blog…

I’ve found a new Smoky Mountains website to add to my list of “favorite sites.” It’s at www.lifeonleconte.com

Doug McFall is the winter caretaker of LeConte Lodge.  He runs the blog from the lodge. 

I’ve always said that if I ever get the time/money to be able to spend extended time in the Smokies creating stories for the GoSmoky blog, I’d like to make small documentaries about various aspects of those mountains.  Spending some time up at LeConte Lodge during the snowy off-season would be one of the things I’d love to do a story on. 

Doug’s blog is basically his updates on life on the mountain.  The photos he has there are incredible.  I don’t know how much is due to his photograghic ability, or how much is simply due to the fact that the Smokies are extremely photogenic… especially when dusted with snow.  Just take a look at the photo below… it looks like a piece of artwork. Then again, it is.  God knew what he was doing…

I’d recommend you bookmark his site.  I’ve invited him to be on my online GoSmoky radio show, but right now management of LeConte Lodge doesn’t want him doing interviews.  That’s too bad for us and them.  I’ll bet Doug could tell us some great stories from the mountain, and more people could find out about what the lodge has to offer.

Enjoy his blog!!

Raymond

***When you stay in the Smoky Mountains, stay where we stay, at www.smokymountaintower.com.  They support the gosmoky.com blog. Check out the photos of the view from the tower now!***

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Snow is in the area, skiing is great on the slopes!

View From Purchase Knob, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There’s a photo from the webcam at Purchase Knob in the National Park.  I love snow in the mountains.  You can see the live view by clicking on my live webcams link above, or just click here… https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/smokies-webcams/ . 
The snow means skiing is great right now on the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg and Cataloochee in Maggie Valley.  Both resorts are reporting close to 30+ incheas of snow.  Above is  a look at the ski mountain at Cataloochee this morning.  Looks like a blast on the slopes… www.cataloochee.com is the direct link to see a live look at this webcam.   Click the following link for a look at live webcams at a number of southeast ski resorts.. http://www.skisoutheast.com/webcams.htm
Then, you can see snow in Gatlinburg at the Gatlinburg live webcam above the Space Needle.   Check it out.. control it yourself:)  http://www.cabinfevervacations.com/gatlinburg-web-cam.html
This is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains.  Not only is it beautiful, but there are fewer crowds, and places to stay are much cheaper. 
Raymond
**You can also see some great snow photos from the website of our favorite place to stay in the smokies, the Smoky Mountain Tower… they have some great snow photos at the blog, http://smokiesrentdirect.blogspot.com/2009/12/greetings-from-snowy-gatlinburg.html **

Check out snow on the live webcams…

I’ve been focused on Christmas lately, and haven’t had the chance to blog much recently.  Hopefully, the posts I’ve already collected here give you enough info to get your Smokies fix anyhow.  I just checked the stats, and just yesterday, more than 150 of you stopped by the blog.  I appreciate that.  I’ll be blogging more and more in the near future.  I also have a number of shows planned for the next month or so on the GoSmoky.com radio show.  I plan to talk to the Haywood County, North Carolina officials about how the rock slide is impacting the area.  That’s the area including Maggie Valley.  I’m also going to be scheduling another show based on a book on the Smoky Mountains.  This one will be lots of fun.  I just finished reading the book a few weeks ago, and it will be a show you’ll love.  Then, probably near the end of Jan, or early Feb, I’m planning on doing another show on skiing in the Smokies. The first shows on skiing in the Smokies that I did last year are some of the most popular episodes I’ve done.  And right now, that is a great thing to do in the Smokies.  You can check out the snow in the Smokies on our live webcams.  You can see it on most of the cams during the day, but feel free to check out the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cams where you can even see the snow at night.  Enjoy!

Raymond

Also, I saw that Dave on his blog over at www.SmokyMountainTower.com says he still has this Christmas week available.  If you are planning a last minute Christmas trip to the Smokies, touch base with Dave, you’ll love The Smoky Mountain Tower as much as we do:) Here’s a link to his blog post… http://smokiesrentdirect.blogspot.com/2009/12/decorated-for-christmas.html

UPDATED: Snow update: Cataloochee Ski Area opens today…

UPDATE: I’ve had a guy asking me to update this page.  Cataloochee.com is where this story came from.  They had the breaking news below on their website.  Now it says they ended up NOT opening due to warm temperatures.  You can see that from the link provided below, but I wanted to update here as well so it wouldn’t be so confusing.

cataloocheesnow

Check out the webcam at Cataloochee ski area in Maggie Valley.  Snow cannon is blasting the snow right now.  They plan to open for the season today.   A copy of their “breaking news” on the opening is below…

Breaking News!!!
Well…the weather is here and we know you’re all beautiful and we hope to see each of you on Monday! You heard it right, we began making snow for the 2009/2010 snowsports season on Sunday, October 18 at 6:45am and with a weather forecast for lows in the 20’s for tonight, Cataloochee plans on making snow as long as temperatures permit on Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill and plans to kick off the 2009/2010 season at 1pm on Monday, October 19.

www.cataloochee.com to find out the latest on skiing at Cataloochee.

***We skied at Cataloochee last winter, and stayed at www.smokymountaintower.com while we were there.  It was a blast, and we hope to do it again this year.***

Today is the last day of skiing at Ober Gatlinburg for the year…

Ober Gatlinburg

It looks like the last day of the season is here for skiing at Ober Gatlinburg.  It has been a great season with a good covering of snow.  I had the pleasure of skiing for a day back at the end of January.  I plan on returning next year as well.  There are lots of other things to do at Ober year-round.  I’d recommend the tram-ride up to Ober to anyone anytime.  Take the kids ice skating and then spend some time enjoying the other outdoor hot weather activites.  You can find more info at www.obergatlinburg.com
Raymond