Last Day to get Runs in for 2013

Last Day to get Runs in for 2013

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Today is your last chance to get in runs for 2013 as the end of the year is upon us.  The weather has cooperated, for the most part, and the skiing and riding is great.  The resorts have a bunch of terrain open and thanks to the cold temps in the past 24 hours they have fresh snow (natural or manmade).  The temps this morning are an average 10 degrees lower than when I updated the ski reports yesterday morning.  The weather is skier friendly today with generally partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 30s at Snowshoe, WV to the mid-40s at Cataloochee, NC.  Definitely a good day to finish the year off with.

If you have not decided on what to do to ring in the New Year yet, be sure to check out our events for the happenings at the resorts.  Chances are your local mountain is throwing a party tonight!

Updating the snow reports this morning largely just required updating the morning temps, but most of our member resorts made snow last night and a few added to their already quit substantial bases. 

Cataloochee Making Snow
Cataloochee all lite up last night for snow making

In the North Caroline High Country, both Appalachian and Beech added 2+” inches, while Sugar Mountain added about 1”.  Our neighbor to the west, Ober Gatlinburg also added 2” of manmade and has a 20-22” base.

Snowshoe opened up more terrain and is now skiing on 176 acres thanks to the addition of the blue J-Hook off of the Soaring Eagle Express at the far end of the mountain.  Winterplace added about 4” to the low end of their base bringing it up to 24-40”.  Our final West Virginia mover is Timberline who also added one run and is reporting about half an inch of natural.

Snowshoe Mountain
Is that a rainbow starting to develop at Snowshoe?

Check out the 24 hour time-lapse at Snowshoe.  A rather foggy (and busy) yesterday fades to snowmaking last night to finally what looks to be a blue bird day shaping up.

Back down here in North Carolina, looks like Sugar Mountain is seeing quit a temperature inversion as they are reporting a base temperature of 21.9 and a summit temp of 40.4.  Crazy, huh?  Not sure how accurate that is however because they are making snow on top right now (well, the top of Big Red anyway).

Snowmaking at Sugar Mountain
Making snow at the top of Big Red at Sugar

Before I take off, I updated our calendar of events this morning.  Massanutten is having their first Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) Rail Jam on January 2nd.  Snowshoe is bring back the 24 Hours at Snowshoe with over $50,000 is prizes.  The coolest is the winning College team will receive the “hero prize” which entitles their entire campus to half priced 2014-15 season passes!!

While we’re on the contest wagon, Winterplace is having a weekly drawing for free lift tickets, equipment rentals, and group lessons, for the whole famn damily (limited to family of 6).  The drawing occurs every Monday and you can enter here.

You guys take care out on the slopes today and have a festive and safe New Year’s.  Talk to you guys again next year.

Tim Bahlke
Drop me an email at tim@skisoutheast.com to let me know what you think or with suggestions on what we could be doing better.

 

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!