How warm is it? Cataloochee Ski, our neighbor, has just announced that they will be closing this coming Sunday, March 6. Last year, they closed April 11. (And congratulations to them on completing their 50th season. What an awesome accomplishment!)
After a very snowy and cold January, we have had one of the warmest and driest Februarys we can remember. For a Siberian, nothing is worse than a warm winter month. Well, except maybe those humans smiling about it.
Our revenge is very predictable, however. Since the ski resort maintains the road off of our mountain, they stop clearing snow as soon as they close. Every year, there is snow that falls after they close and our humans are stuck figuring out how to drive the 15% grade on a snow slick road. We are counting on a wonderfully miserable March and April.
In the meantime, pictures of our suffering:
P.S. – The good news is that the Blue Ridge Parkway in our area should reopen soon which will allow us access to some of our favorite trails. A week ago, we were still finding snow covered roads (the Parkway has very little snow removal budget, so they just close the road when it snows which means that our section is closed for several months each year). This past Sunday, our hiking found very little snow even above 5000′ (1500 meters).