The Thaw After the Storm

The Thaw After the Storm

We’re in a bit of a warming trend, as you’ll notice while you peruse the snow reports this morning.  It is considerably warmer than this time yesterday and the 24/48/72 hour snowfalls are starting to rotate out to 0”.  We’re also seeing the bases at a few of the resorts fall a bit.  The natural snow is great and all, but it does not have the staying power of its manmade counterpart.  The word “powder” is also starting to disappear from the snow reports and is being replaced by "Groomed", "Loose Granular", and the dreaded "Wet Granular".  It was a good run, right?! 

Not all is lost – after all, Southeast skiing can oftentimes be a case of good news, bad news.  [GOOD] There are a few advisories still out this morning, [BAD] but they are all scheduled to expire in the next couple of hours.  [GOOD] Snowshoe is reporting an additional 2” of snow this morning, [BAD] but you might want to put on some extra bright colors and a beacon light this morning if you’re heading up there.

Current Conditions at Snowshoe Mountain
Snowshoe is somewhere in there.

As many of you already know, as we’ve been promoting it pretty heavily in this post, Snowshoe has started up their Ridiculous Pass again this year.  You can check out all the details here.

Appalachian Ski Mountain has also started to sell passes for next year.  You can buy next year’s App Pass and ski the remaining 5 weeks of this season for free.  Details are here

I, personally, and not ready to talk about the end of the season yet, so we’ll leave it there.  BUT, I will mention this – Snowshoe announced yesterday that they are extending this season to the weekend of April 5 & 6th.  That’s going to be some party, for sure!

This next story has been around for a couple of days, but I didn’t want to share it while we were getting all of our glorious snow.  Porter Fox, an editor for Powder Magazine, recently released a book titled, “Deep: The Story of Skiing at the Future of Snow.”  I have not read the book yet, but I have ordered it, but apparently Porter Fox paints a not so grand picture for us.  The New York Times picked up the story and wrote an opinion piece called, “The End of Snow?”  You can read the New York Times story here.

Don’t forget about the a happenings at Beech Mountain this weekend.  First, it is the Totally 80’s RETRO Weekend and on top of that they are having a banked slalom race on Saturday.  Check out our announcements for more information.  I am very much looking forward to hitting Beech this weekend and hope to get the chance to meet and make some turns with as many of you as possible.  Please email me if you are planning on being at the festivities.

You might want to pack your wet weather gear for today – I’m just saying.

Take Care!

Tim Bahlke
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Mike is the Editor and founder of and Since September of 1996 he has written more than 3200 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 900 clients in 40+ 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 family, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!