A Saint Patrick’s Day Miracle

Winter Storm Wiley has settled into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic and brought us the best gift we could ask for on St. Patrick’s Day – much better than tomorrow’s hangover that’s for sure!  In addition to the snowfall totals below, many of the mountains are still seeing the snow coming down this morning and could get another 2-3” before all is said and done.

Our member resorts up in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia received a dose of Mother Nature’s bounty.

Bryce Resort: 5.8”
Fresh Snow at Bryce Resort
Massanautten: 8”
Wintergreen: 6-8” (I split the different and called it 7” in the morning report.)

West Virginia
Canaan Valley: 11.8”
Snowshoe: 10”
Fresh snow at Snowshoe
Timberline: 11.8”
Winterplace: 1”
Fresh snow at Winterplace Ski Resort

Wisp: 6”

Down here in North Carolina we are not so lucky.  Appalachian, Beech, Cataloochee, and Sugar are all covered in a thick layer of fog this morning.  But as Tammy over at Cataloochee put it this morning, “ a foggy day at Cataloochee is still better than a sunny day at WORK!!!!”  HOW TRUE.

Fog at Sugar Mountain
The view from the top of Sugar Mountain

Today and tomorrow are likely to be the last powder days of the season.  It is pretty crazy that I’m making this statement in mid-March, with spring a mere 3 days away!  The Vernal Equinox is on March 20th at 12:57pm E.D.T.  The season of rebirth is just going to have to wait until the season of skiing and riding decides to be done.  This is just what we needed to let everyone know that the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic ski season is still going strong.

Aside from the snow, we have lost 2 members this morning.  Silver Creek up at Snowshoe is done for the season.  This means that Snowshoe is down to 40 trails and 172 acres – still the most in the area.  With the closing of Silver Creek, also goes night skiing and tubing up there.  The other resort to close down, if only temporary, is Ober Gatlinburg.  Ober does plan to open back up on Friday and go through to Sunday, which will probably be the final final for them.  Their original final was yesterday, so it’s all gravy from here on.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, as we’ll provide updates throughout the day as we get them.  Yesterday, I mentioned that today and tomorrow are prime hooky days given the snow.  The local school systems have made it easy on you – all you need to do now it convince your boss/clients/self…

Many of the West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland resorts are still under Winter Weather Advisories or Warnings.  Even down here in North Carolina, a few of the High Country resorts are under the threat of freezing rain and ice.  The ride up to the slopes today is guaranteed to be just about as much fun as the runs you’ll take down.

Take Care out there today. 

Tim Bahlke
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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.