*chuckles* Thank you! Actually Nashville is located four hours west of the Smokies, and the biggest mountains you'll find around here are glorified hills. They're good for sledding down during ice storms and that's about it.
The Smokies are pretty nice, but I admit I am dreadfully spoiled. Being from the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, etc - and not terribly far from the Rockies and the Grand Tetons (love that range ), I'm sort of hard to please now. So you skiiers who are taking notes, DON'T make a special trip to the Smokies for the skiing experience unless you live somewhere like Florida and are quite desperate. Stick with the Catskills and the Adirondacks in the NE.
I had lessons when I was little (because my parents used to be avid skiiers when we lived out that way - they still wistfully reminisce about Tahoe and places like that), but I've never had the opportunity to get serious and perfect my ski-lift techniques. I'm a bona fide tenderfoot who hopes to be a snowshoefoot someday. Yeah, someday...
I'll definitely let you know when we get some white flakes that suspiciously resemble snow falling from the sky, but it's not much to write home about except on rare occasions once every decade or so. Our first snowfall this whole winter 2005-2006 was, seriously, Tuesday - the 3/4 inch I was so greedily wanting to hoard and steal from the neighbors. We did go out in the late night/early morning hours and make snowmen. What can I say? We're a desperate crew.
Enjoy YOUR snow, and as soon as we can, our whole family will join the crowd on the good slopes!