The First Weekend of the Season and Heading to Sugar Mountain

[UPDATE] The First Weekend of the Season and Heading to Sugar Mountain

UPDATE (From the parking lot at Sugar Mountain)

AWESOME conditions and day of skiing at Sugar Mountain today!  Sugar has a great base down and the snow is nice and soft.  Just a perject day to spend on the slopes with some great early season conditions.

Great conditions at Sugar Mountain!

First Skier of the Southeast 2013 ski season.We missed Sugar's opening day this past Wednesday, but you will never guess who I ran into while at Sugar today.  This is Tim, he was the first scan and on the first chair up at Sugar on Wednesday around 8:40 AM.  So, even though we were not able to catch him coming off the chair like I wanted, here is the first skier of the 2013-14 Southeast ski season

Check out those poles – Tim makes them from bamboo.  This is his first year making the poles and we'll have more on them in an upcoming post.  In the meantime – congrats Tim on opening the season for us.


It looks like the rain that was originally in the forecast for today is going to hold off until tonight.  So, should be a pretty good day to slide down the slopes.  They are currently calling for temps in the 50’s today with partly sunny skies at the open resorts – Sugar Mountain and Cataloochee Ski Area.

If you didn’t catch it yesterday, I loaded up the video of riding in the snowcat with Cataloochee’s mountain manager Chris on opening day.  I also found and shared a pretty interesting video on the science of snowmaking.  You can check out the videos by clicking on the images below.

Riding in the cat at Cataloochee

Riding in the cat at Cataloochee

The Science of Snowmaking

The Science of Snowmaking

You can see all of our other videos here.  Riding in the cat was a real treat for me and I hope you enjoy that perspective as well.  I guess I’m a bit of a geek – I am very interested in the, sometimes, background efforts that make the resorts tick as well as the business of skiing in general.

I’m heading up to Sugar today to meet with the folks up there and hopefully get a few turns in.  I would love to hear from anyone who will also be on the mountain today.  Let’s get some runs in together.

On with the snow report for today…

Cataloochee Ski Area

Not much has changed since yesterday.  They are operating with 6 slopes, 2 lifts, and 1 moving carpet.  The open slopes are Lower Omigosh, Easy Way, Rabbit Hill, Upper Over Easy, Lower Over Easy, and Beginner’s Luck.  The 2 lifts are Omigosh and Easy Way.  Their base is 18-36 inches – down 2 inches from yesterday. 

Sugar Mountain

Sugar is operating with 2 slopes today, Upper Flying Mile and Lower Flying Mile, being serviced by the yellow lift going 3/4 of the way up the mountain.  Sugar has a base of 8-32 inches – down 2 inches from yesterday at sugar as well.

That’s it for today, short post as I’m about to head up the mountain myself.  I hope to see a few of you at Sugar today.  Drop me an email and let me know if you’re planning on being around.

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!