Cat and Sugar OPEN FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

Cat and Sugar OPEN FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

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Sugar and Wisp also have ICE SKATING OPEN TODAY!!!

Happy Birthday to my sister! Sorry for the shameless plug but it’s early in the season and not much is going on in terms of skiing and snowboarding this morning – with the exception of Catalcoochee Ski Area (OPEN WITH TWO TRAILS), Sugar Mountain (OPEN WITH TWO TRAILS and ICE SKATING) and Wisp Resort open with Ice Skating only.)

Cataloochee is always pretty cool about offering only the best of on slope experiences for their guests. They posted this this morning:

"On Saturday, November 17 we will be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm, skiing from midstation down on Lower Omigosh, Over Easy and Rabbit Hill, lift tickets are $35 and yes, once again…guests unhappy with conditions will be given a FULL refund after making one run. After one run, no refunds will be given. Keep THINKING COLD…see you Saturday!!"

Cat has a veritable cloud of snowmaking happening as of 7:24am so we’re thinking that guests will keep making turns til they close this afternoon at 4:30pm.

Appalachian Ski Mountain didn’t make their hoped for November 16th opening day and posted:

"Appalachian Ski Mtn. will not be open for skiing or snowboarding on our scheduled Opening Day of November 16. Although the weather has been somewhat seasonal for early November, sustained temperatures have not yet dropped in the range needed for productive snowmaking. All ASM employees are watching the forecast constantly, and plan to take full advantage of the next opportunity to make snow in the coming days & weeks as temperatures permit. Information regarding snowmaking, ice skating, and opening day will be posted online as soon as it becomes available."

We’ve had some decent, early season temps so far and that bodes well for snowmaking and snow for the upcoming season. I know a lot of people are emailing us about whether or not ski resorts will be open for Thanksgiving Weekend skiing and snowboarding and I’ll say that from what we are seeing in the forecast, Cataloochee and Sugar will be open in North Carolina and Snowshoe will be open in West Virginia and I think that will be it.

We are just not seeing consistently cold enough temps around the region to make snow for those who have not already BEEN making snow. Cat, Sugar and Snowshoe got the jump on everyone and with bare slopes for the rest, there just won’t be ops to make snow to get open for anyone else.

That’s it for today.

I’ll have some fun at the expense of someone tomorrow…so if you guys like it when I get a little testy, be sure to check in on Sunday morning.

Til then drop me an email at mike@skisoutheast.com

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!