Good morning to everyone! It’s shaping up to be another beautiful day out there. I’ve been scanning through the cameras a little bit, and every resort looks like it’ll have awesome skiing and riding conditions today. Temperatures will be a little cooler than yesterday, but without the winds it won’t feel like it. The winds were pretty strong yesterday and helped to contribute to a pretty serious brush fire on the outskirts of Boone. With the low humidity, lack of recent precipitation, and windy conditions the NWS was already (and still is) warning of the possibility of fires. Apparently, a tree was blown over and fell on a power line, sparking the inferno. The fire spread pretty rapidly and ended up burning over 100 acres. Thanks to the quick response of firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service and Boone Fire Department, several houses in the vicinity were spared. I was driving through Boone yesterday after work and the smoke was easily visible from town. You could tell from the large plume that something serious was going on and I’m glad to hear that nobody was hurt and that no homes were lost. Kudos to the firefighters!
<<A photo showing the fire burn into the early nighttime hours.
Getting back to snow stuff,I just wanted to remind you guys about the trip report contest going on again this week. The winner receives 4 free passes to either Cataloochee, Wolf Ridge, or Massanutten. I’ve already seen an increase in both the quality and number of trip reports from the local resorts lately, so I’m glad to see you guys are taking your camera out there with you. Messageboard member want2go2dasno posted some sweet looking pictures from Sugar yesterday, showing off the amazing grooming job that they do out there. I haven’t been to Sugar in a while but after seeing the pictures I’m definitely going to have to get out there soon. If you haven’t seen the report yet head over to the messageboard and check it out. And keep the reports coming!
Well that’s about all I have for this morning. Here’s the rundown.
Appalachian Ski Mountain – 32°- Open today on all 12 slopes with a groomed surface. They have a new page on their website that will keep you up to date on the current terrain park features set up on the mountain. As always, conditions at App will be great. Ice skating is also open.
Beech Mountain Resort – 21°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface. The terrain park is open with a multitude of fun features. Ice skating is also open today.
Cataloochee – 27.1°- They are open on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface today. Tubing will reopen on Thursday at 4pm. Just a reminder that it’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Season at Cataloochee and with the purchase of rentals you get a free 1.5 hour beginner lesson!
Sapphire Valley – 29°- Open today on 100% of the mountain. Tubing is also open and they will have night skiing tonight. Don’t forget that Sapphire Valley will be hosting their Annual Outhouse Races this weekend!
Sugar Mountain – 26.3°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a perfectly groomed surface. It should be great skiing and riding as always up there. Skating and tubing are also open.
Wolf Ridge – 27° – Open on 13 of 23 slopes today with a groomed surface. Here’s what they have to say: “It’s Tuesday, 27 degrees on the mountain and the weather man is calling for partly cloudy skies today. We will have 13 runs and 2 lifts open along with just our bottom Lodge for all ticket and rental purchases. The Upper Lodge will be closed this week and will reopen Friday at 9.00AM. Today is our Home Schooler Day :$29.00 Lift/Ski/lesson package as well as our Buy One Get One Lift Ticket Free, Night Ski. Get here early and be the first to Shred the snow. See you at the Wolf!!!”
That’s about it for today. Send me stuff at [email protected] and enjoy your Tuesday!