Meteorologist Brad Panovich of WCNC NBC 6 in Charlotte has posted his skier’s forecast for the President’s Day Weekend and it looks like we’re in for some President’s Day snow! The weekend will be a great one, with only a small "blip" of potentially under-developed snow on Sunday. Today will offer fabulous conditions, Saturday will be wonderful with snny skies. No snow guns for Friday or Saturday. Sunday will provide a mix of rain and snow…with more snow further north and west. Then Monday looks cold and snowy with the potential for some accumulating snow right into Tuesday.
If you’re a fan of great conditions (who isn’t), and skiing or riding with no snowmaking going on then you’ll love this weekend, because it looks like there will be no snowmaking until sometime Monday when the arctic blast hits and brings in the snow that is expected.
CHECK THE SLOPE CONDITIONS PAGE FOR DETAILS ON CONDITIONS AND TRAIL NUMBERS.
We’ve had a few emails asking about what’s happening down at Sapphire Valley and the word is that they made snow – but only on the tubing hill. We spoke with Jesse in the recreation department and he said that they were not even trying to make snow on their two slopes. He stated, "It’s been such a losing battle for us this season that we’re not even trying to make snow on the trails."
He did state that the Frozen Falls Tubing Park will be open Friday 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 9pm and Sunday Noon – 9 pm. He said that he really did not anticipate that Sapphire Valley would reopen this season for skiing. If that indeed comes to fruition, I believe that they only skied a couple of handful of days this season. (That could be a record…)
<Two groomers are better than one at Hawksnest this morning!
We watched as several resorts were making snow and conditions should be close to a 10 today. (Maybe a sporadic 8 or 9 of 10 at a couple of locations…but VERY NICE today.)
If you’re up at Sugar this weekend, be sure to check out Boss Hawg Saturday, February 16th from 4pm-6pm in the base lodge.
We spoke with Wolf Ridge this morning and they are open to the top and their connector trails are open today. (We’re getting that question a lot this season as it seems that a lot of people are frustrated about the "missing link" that often keeps skiers and snowboards from being able to ski both sides of their mountain. They tell us it’s open today.
Snowshoe Mountain’s Laura Parquette is proud of the corduroy that Snowshoe’s groomers lay down. Check out the photo of the day from Thursday on the front page. Laura posted thier surface conditions as "Packed Powder / Corduroy" and why not? It looks p-r-e-t-t-y sweet! She writes, "Today is shaping up to be another beautiful day on the mountain. Some flurries are expected, adding to the 3" of snow we’ve seen this week. Snowmaking did occur overnight, continuing to maintain our great base of 3-4 feet across most of our open terrain. Because of this great base, snowmaking will not occur during the day this weekend, but will occur overnight as temperatures allow. Our snowmaking and grooming team have our 58 slopes in amazing shape, so not only do we have the most open terrain, we have the best open terrain in the region! We will be experiencing some gusty winds and windchills overnight should once again dip below zero, so please bundle up. Tomorrow should be another picture perfect day, with clouds giving way to sunshine and blue skies.Today will be a great day to ditch the office and get a head start on the long weekend, so make your plans today!!"
(I have to talk with that young lady about promoting all of this "skipping out" stuff. Is that why my staff is gone this morning!?!?!)
Jessica Scowcroft with Timberline Resort just updated us as well and they want to let you guys know that they have a lot of fun planned for this weekend. They have Live Entertainment in the form of a Willie Nelson Tribute Weekend and Roy Scott will be performing Friday, Saturday, Sunday evening In Timber’s Pub. They also have a Nitro Snowboard GS Race Saturday, Feb. 16th 10:00am.
It will be a busy weekend as great conditions, meet good-to-great weather and some snow in the forecast for the second half of the weekend…so get out and enjoy your favorite ski hill
Until Next time…
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