The #1 Ski Destination in the Eastern United States

First Trax :: Daily News

Another Great Day to be on the Slopes

02.15.11 08:24 AM

Good morning to everyone! It’s shaping up to be another beautiful day out there. I’ve been scanning through the cameras a little bit, and every resort looks like it’ll have awesome skiing and riding conditions today. Temperatures will be a little cooler than yesterday, but without the winds it won’t feel like it. The winds were pretty strong yesterday and helped to contribute to a pretty serious brush fire on the outskirts of Boone. With the low humidity, lack of recent precipitation, and windy conditions the NWS was already (and still is) warning of the possibility of fires. Apparently, a tree was blown over and fell on a power line, sparking the inferno. The fire spread pretty rapidly and ended up burning over 100 acres. Thanks to the quick response of firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service and Boone Fire Department, several houses in the vicinity were spared. I was driving through Boone yesterday after work and the smoke was easily visible from town. You could tell from the large plume that something serious was going on and I’m glad to hear that nobody was hurt and that no homes were lost. Kudos to the firefighters!

<<A photo showing the fire burn into the early nighttime hours.



Getting back to snow stuff,I just wanted to remind you guys about the trip report contest going on again this week. The winner receives 4 free passes to either Cataloochee, Wolf Ridge, or Massanutten. I’ve already seen an increase in both the quality and number of trip reports from the local resorts lately, so I’m glad to see you guys are taking your camera out there with you. Messageboard member want2go2dasno posted some sweet looking pictures from Sugar yesterday, showing off the amazing grooming job that they do out there. I haven’t been to Sugar in a while, but after seeing the pictures I’m definitely going to have to get out there soon. If you haven’t seen the report yet head over to the messageboard and check it out. And keep the reports coming!

Well that’s about all I have for this morning. Here’s the rundown.

Ober Gatlinburg - 32° - I forgot to mention Ober yesterday in the morning rundown as it completely slipped my mind. Sorry about that guys! I’m still new at this! Ober is looking really good on the cam this morning and they are 100% open today. They don’t open until noon so it’s perfect for those who want to sleep in but still make first chair. Tubing is also open today beginning at 11 am.

Wisp Resort - 23°- Open on 100% of the mountain and they are claiming an inch of new snow. Today is student day, so remember to take your 2010-2011 valid student ID as they have several discounted ticket, rental, tubing, and ice skating options.

Snowshoe Mountain - 17°- They are open on 100% of the mountain today and have received a half inch of new snowfall. I always like to post their daily comments so here’s what they have to say today - "After a wild weather day on Monday, it looks like things are going to calm down for the next several days on the mountain. We start off the morning with some fresh snow on the ground after a dramatic afternoon cool-down yesterday. Beginning today we'll see plenty of sunshine and slightly milder than normal temperatures. But while temps will be slightly higher than the norm for February on the mountain, they will remain significantly lower than elsewhere in the region. Daytime temperatures will flirt with 50 degrees, but won't go much further than that, and overnight lows will continue to hover near the freezing mark. That will mean that our grooming team is able to get out each night and work their magic on the majority of our open terrain. Remember, Snowshoe has base depths that in some areas EXCEED 10 FEET OF SNOW! That's a base that has been strategically built up to sustain normal freeze/thaw cycles throughout the season. We may see some soft snow, and certainly snow being pushed around from skier traffic, but there really won't be any kind of significant melting on the slopes.

So if you've already planned to head for the mountain this week, or you're looking to plan a trip, KEEP THOSE PLANS! There will still be plenty of snow and great spring-like conditions to enjoy. Sure, powder days are great, but days carving up soft snow and fighting a goggle tan are also great! That's why so many people love March skiing! So just because the forecast looks a little bit more like April than mid-winter, Snowshoe Mountain will continue to offer the region's most open terrain and best on-snow conditions! One final anecdote to prove just how much snow we have hanging around here; Sawmill Glades relies primarily on natural snowfall for coverage in the trees--and it's still open! So our remaining 243+ acres, which have much more direct snowmaking capabilities fired toward them, are all looking better than good this morning and should remain that way through the week.

Last night our grooming team was able to get out and give some TLC to everything but Lower Shay's and Sawmill Glades. That means we'll have a beautifully groomed surface for your carving pleasure this morning, as well as some fun bumps on Lower Shay's. Once again last night we had our cool new winch cat machine out and about, working on the steeps of Ballhooter, Widowmaker and Sawmill. We know we're being repetitive for those of you that read the report daily, but we want to make sure everyone hears about this amazing machine that allows our groomers to push snow UP slope! So all of the snow that's naturally pushed down to the base of the mountain by skier traffic is able to be returned to the slope and groomed back into the base. Even just a few days of working with this machine will help us ensure our steepest sections don't start showing thin spots anytime soon! We'll continue to use it across the mountain over the next few nights, concentrating on our highest traffic areas and steepest slopes. And the timing couldn't be better; as we mentioned above, for the most part the biggest change on the slope due to this mild weather will be softer snow that's more dramatically pushed to the base of the mountain. With the winch cat we'll be able to return that snow to where it's needed most!”

Canaan Resort - 18°- Open today on 38 of 39 slopes. They have received 1.5” of new snow! For an up to date detailed report on Canaan, click here. Thanks to NCSUsKING for that great report.

Timberline - 18°- Timberline hasn’t updated their site so I’m going to assume they are 100% open (the same as yesterday) and that they have also received 1.5” of new snow, like Canaan.

Winterplace - 25°- Open today on 100% of the mountain. They are reporting no new snow this morning but I’m almost positive that they did have about half an inch of new snow to fall yesterday. Both of their terrain parks are open and they will have tubing sessions today.

Bryce Resort - 31°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface. They will have night skiing as well as tubing today.

Massanutten - 33°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with loose granular conditions. Both terrain parks are open with a number of features set up. Tubing is also open today with 8 lanes of fun!

Wintergreen - 24° - Open today on 100% of the mountain and they did make snow overnight! Here is what they have to say:


SKIING AND RIDING: Today we have 26 slopes and trails open and 4 lifts. We will be open for DAY AND NIGHT SESSIONS skiing and riding from 9AM-9PM. The average snow base depth throughout the resort is 60”-70”. REGULAR SEASON RATES ARE IN EFFECT.

TUBING: The Plunge Tubing Park will be OPEN today with sessions from 2pm – 9pm. Buy tickets on the web ahead of time if you want to take advantage of this great winter activity. Tickets for The Plunge or Ridgely’s Fun Park can be purchased over the web right now Click here. Ridgely’s Fun Park will be open Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays from 10am – 6pm. Bring your little ones up here for some great family fun.

TERRAIN PARK: The Progression Park is open with: 2 small propane tanks, 10 ft progression box, 10ft flat box, small battleship rail, small fun box, small flat down rail, 2 small jumps, 2 medium jumps, 2 progression tables. The Advanced Park is open with: 2 medium tables, 1 large table, 20ft flat box, small propane tank, flat down rail, large propane tank, spine propane tank bonk and smart style tank spine rail. Keep checking this report for updates.

Appalachian Ski Mountain - 32°- Open today on all 12 slopes with a groomed surface. They have a new page on their website that will keep you up to date on the current terrain park features set up on the mountain. As always, conditions at App will be great. Ice skating is also open.

Beech Mountain Resort - 21°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface. The terrain park is open with a multitude of fun features. Ice skating is also open today.

Cataloochee – 27.1°- They are open on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface today. Tubing will reopen on Thursday at 4pm. Just a reminder that it's Learn to Ski and Snowboard Season at Cataloochee and with the purchase of rentals you get a free 1.5 hour beginner lesson!

Sapphire Valley - 29°- Open today on 100% of the mountain. Tubing is also open and they will have night skiing tonight. Don’t forget that Sapphire Valley will be hosting their Annual Outhouse Races this weekend!

Sugar Mountain – 26.3°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a perfectly groomed surface. It should be great skiing and riding as always up there. Skating and tubing are also open.

Wolf Ridge - 27° - Open on 13 of 23 slopes today with a groomed surface. Here’s what they have to say: “It’s Tuesday, 27 degrees on the mountain and the weather man is calling for partly cloudy skies today. We will have 13 runs and 2 lifts open along with just our bottom Lodge for all ticket and rental purchases. The Upper Lodge will be closed this week and will reopen Friday at 9.00AM. Today is our Home Schooler Day :$29.00 Lift/Ski/lesson package as well as our Buy One Get One Lift Ticket Free, Night Ski. Get here early and be the first to Shred the snow. See you at the Wolf!!!”

That’s about it for today. Send me stuff at and enjoy your Tuesday!

Advertising Contact For SkiSoutheast :

The phone number listed here is for ADVERTISING CONTACT ONLY. If you are interested in advertising, call our offices at 828-963-7286 and ask for Mike.

If you are inquiring about ANYTHING OTHER THAN ADVERTISING, please feel free to use the form above or you can send us an e-mail to, and we will be happy to answer your inquiry usually the same day during the season.

Due to the volume of inquiries that we receive per day, we are simply NOT able to assist those kinds of questions via our phone lines.