Kim Jochl paused to chat for a few minutes while sledding on a golf course at [R434R, Sugar Mountain] in North Carolina.

Jochl, who helps her husband, Gunther Jochl, run the resort, said people are out doing things they can't always do in winter in the South.

"We've been sledding on the golf course, and cross-country skiing, along with all the regular winter activities like skiing and snowboarding," she said.

Jochl actually didn't pause to chat, as she continued to pull her sled uphill and ride down while talking on her cell phone, but she did multi-task to give OnTheSnow an update on local conditions.

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Jochl, her daughter Olivia, 10, and a friend were enjoying 17 inches of snow that fell in the Nor'Easter that hit the East Coast Dec. 26.

"It's been real cold, 8 degrees or so," she said. "It's warming up today, probably to 12 degrees."

The longer term forecast calls for milder temps the week after New Year's.

"We've had two days of snow, and today blue skies. It's beautiful, a winter wonderland," she said.

"Growing up up North, you always appreciate winter. When you're young you go outside and play in the snow, with a sled, or you go skiing, so it's just nostalgic when you get a big storm and lots of snow.

"Everyone in New England grows up with the experience of a huge snowstorm, they think it's the biggest snowstorm ever, so when it snows later in life you remember when you were little, and it's very nostalgic.

"Here in the South, we don't get snow all the time, so I want to share this experience with everyone, young and old, so they feel how awesome winter is, how refreshing it is to breathe cold air.

"It's refreshing, and rejuvenating, and invigorating," Jochl said.

"I went cross-country skiing yesterday for the first time this year, and it was really invigorating. It was snowing steadily but not hard, I was making my own tracks through a blanket of virgin snow, light and fluffy, wisping behind me as I skied. It was 10 degrees and I was sweating. Just like now, sledding, which is almost as hard because I'm walking up the hill pulling my sled," she said.

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