Appalachian Ski Mountain Goes to Nine Open Trails December 7, 2009

Sugar Opens to the Top of the Mountain!

<Appalachian was grooming this AM. image from our new mid-station, tower cam

23° – Appalachian Ski Mountain has really kicked things up a huge notch today with everything on the mountain open for skiing and riding for day and night skiing with the exception of "Thin Slice" and "Hard Core".

That makes it NINE trails open with a reported base of 18-48" of snow.

You think App can crank out some snow?!?!

Despite an inversion Beech was making snow this morning>

37° – Beech Mountain Resort is experiencing an inversion in temps this morning as John Huffman of Fred’s General Store and Beech’s weather stations are reporting 36-37° but they are making snow this AM on portions of the mountain!

They are operating with Lower Shawneehaw and down this morning (3 slopes and 3 lifts). Beech is open for DAY SKIING ONLY today.

32° – Cataloochee Ski Area is making snow and open on Monday from 1pm-10pm with 50% of their terrain open (8 trails). Cat held their Can-U-Ski Day on Sunday and Tammy Brown wrote, "All of the staff here at Cataloochee wishes to send out a big THANK YOU to the record number of folks who participated in our Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive today! And what a wonderful sight to see the the thousands of cans of food and hundreds of coats that have been donated to the special families in Haywood County here today. All donations will be delivered to Haywood Christian ministries to help ensure a blessed holiday for all! Thank you, thank you from our family to yours this holiday season!"

…and THANK YOU Cataloochee for doing that!

26° – Sugar Mountain – They are OPEN TO THE TOP of the mountain today with 6 trails serviced by two lifts. Things looked a little rough at the bottom of the mountain on Saturday and several people emailed that they made one run and called it quits. Many others emailed that they simply stayed up top where things were just better. Sunday after more snowmaking ops, things looked darn nice and this morning Sugar’s looking very sweet.

28° – Wolf Laurel made snow and is trying to open on Friday, December 11th!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and 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.