Happy New Year to all! I and the Board hope you had a great holiday season. Sadly, Steamboat had only a few runs open with mostly machine-made snow for the Race Camp trip in early December. Crescent is considering moving the dates of this trip a week later in the future. But now things are looking up, and Steamboat has nearly 60" total snowfall and 127 out of 169 trails open! For our other trips, Sun Valley has 74" at the top with 74 of 120 runs open, Winter Park got 19" last week with 85 out of 161 runs open, and Big Sky has over 2900 acres open with 11" snowfall the last week. There are still a few spaces left for Steamboat and Winter Park, but Big Sky has a wait list. Some of the local areas are open with machine-made snow. At this writing, Ober Gatlinburg and Beech are still closed, Cataloochee has 4 of 18 trails open, and Sugar has 10 of 22 runs open. When Ober Gatlinburg is able to open, they will again offer their learn-to-ski/snowboard Winter Sports Discovery Program, as well as offering KSOC members discounts on season passes and day tickets. See the Fall Line for details and links to their website. Local Trips Chairman Kevin Staton proposes to use the Meetup app to organize local ski trips on short notice. See his article in the Fall Line. Kevin will be monitoring local ski and road conditions and will post local trip announcements on Meetup and the KSOC website. The January Happy Hours are scheduled for January 14 at Walk On's and January 28 at Finn's Irish Restaurant & Tavern, details are in the Fall Line. See also signup details on the Crescent Ski Council Spring Convention, which will be held in-person April 21-24, and will again be at Kingston Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. It's not too early to begin thinking about this!