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02.23.11 08:13 AM

Happy Hump Day! I feel like I just said that yesterday but I guess it has been a week. Time is flying by and I can’t believe it’s almost March! We only have about a month or so of skiing and riding here in the Southeast so definitely take advantage of it while you can. I was hoping that several of the resorts in the region were going to be able to make snow last night. It doesn’t look like that was the case. Temperatures did get cold enough at a lot of the ski areas, but only Wintergreen and Bryce in Virginia chose to make any last night. I know Cataloochee was planning on it, but temperatures did not get cold enough there it appears. As for the others, I guess they are happy with their current base depths and didn’t feel the need to add to them. I’m sure the underdeveloped snow in the forecast for Thursday and Friday had something to do with that decision. Either way, everywhere is still looking good for the time being. 

The Cat looking good this morning>>>>

There’s not too much to talk about today so I’m just going to get into some announcements. Visitors to the High Country Web Cams site will now notice that the camera on the BB&T Building and the one in Pack Square are now working again. Both of these are located in Asheville and offer some pretty cool views of the area around there. We’re in the process of improving the site and adding some new content to it so make sure to keep checking it out.

Don’t forget about the Ski Southeast Snowshoe Summit coming up next weekend! I know I mentioned this yesterday, but I will probably continue to do so everyday until it gets here. Conditions up at the Shoe are still great right now and that should not change between now and next weekend. The Cuervo Games of Winter will be going on that weekend as well so that will just add to the fun. Right now, it looks like we are going to try and do a get together on Saturday night since a lot of people will still be just arriving on Friday night. Make sure to join us!

<< We don't see too many pics like this from Massanutten!!

Finally, it’s time to announce the winners of the trip report competition from last week. I delayed it a day since the board was down on Monday and I’m glad I did as member marzski posted a very nice looking trip report from Massanutten on there yesterday. I don’t see trip reports from there too often so he is our first winner. NCSUsKING is our second winner. He posted not one, not two, but three awesome reports from West Virginia last week. Like Massanuten, I don’t see too many reports from the resorts up there (especially Timberline and Canaan) so I decided to make him a winner as well. Great job guys! You can email me or PM me on the messageboard to let me know which tickets you want and how you want me to send them to you.

So that’s it for today. Here are the resorts…

Ober Gatlinburg - 34° - Open on 8 of 9 trails today with a groomed surface. The day session begins today at noon and they will be skiing and riding until 10 pm tonight. Tubing and skating are also open today.

Wisp Resort - 25°- Open on 31 of 32 trails today with Bobcat Bowl being the only one not open. The did make snow last night which is awesome! As Mike mentioned the other day, they do have snowmobile tours now so that’s pretty cool. Today is Locals Day where everyone is considered a local. An extended day lift ticket is only $21 and there are other discounts on rentals, tubing, and ice skating as well.

Snowshoe Mountain - 23°- They are open on 56 of 60 trails today and the did receive a trace of new snow in the past 24 hours. The terrain parks are being revamped today so that’s why they are only reporting 56 trails. Here’s what they have to say - "Yesterday afternoon's light snowfall left a coating of white across the resort this morning and everything is once again sparkling. After a couple grey days, it's nice to see the white and a clearing sky. But while the new snow definitely adds some atmosphere to the resort, it didn't do much to change snow conditions, because they were already in GREAT shape! We're sure some of you have been reading this report and checking out the forecast and you just won't believe that. But if you don't believe us, head over to our Facebook fan page and check out the testimonials on our wall. We have lots of people currently at the resort, or who have been the last few days, expressing their pleasure at the fantastic conditions they've experienced!

Another colder overnight period allowed us to get out and groom everything across the mountain. That means we should have a nice corduroy surface for your cruising pleasure this morning. With the freeze-thaw cycles we've seen there may be some loose granular, almost sandy snow out there today, but that makes for some fun skiing and riding. Today we have closed 3 of our terrain parks; Spruce Glades, Timberjack and Robertson's Run for a revamp. We'll give those areas some extra grooming attention, push up lips and landing and have them looking sweet for the weekend. Please stay off of closed terrain as there will be grooming machines on snow! Other than our terrain parks we have just 1 closed slope, Sawmill Glades. So there is LOTS of room to play out there and great snow to enjoy.

The forecast for the next couple days is up and down, and it looks like almost every day we'll be on the cusp of either some rain or snow. So everyone out there do whatever it is that you do to bring on the snow; do your snow dance, sleep with your pjs inside out, whatever it takes! We'll keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we continue to see some light snow daily, adding to the resort atmosphere and keeping our slopes in great shape!

Don't forget, now through the end of the season KIDS SKI FREE! That's right; the smallest members of your family are FREE with any 4 night stay for the remainder of the year! Plus we've got some great lodging deals starting at just $49 per person per night. We have six weeks of great skiing and riding remaining, including some great events like the Jose Cuervo Games of Winter, Burton Women's Snowboard Camp and more! Visit for our complete events calendar, and then call 877-441-4386 to plan your next escape to Snow Country!”

Canaan Resort - 23°- Open today on 37 of 39 slopes with a frozen granular surface. Cross country and snowshoeing are closed today, but tubing and ice skating are open. Also, today is Bogo Wednesday. Buy one lift ticket and receive one of equal or lesser value for free!

Timberline - 23°- Open today on 37 of 39 trails with a groomed surface for the most part. I think it’s cool how they are reporting that they groomed about 76% of the trails. The backcountry is still open as well. They took down the Celtic Music Festival event on their webpage so I’m not sure if that means it’s cancelled or not. I’ll have to look into that for you guys. They do have a Telemark Festival Workshop on Saturday though if that’s your thing.

Winterplace - 28°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed and granular surface. Both of their terrain parks remain open and tubing is also open today.

Bryce Resort - 31°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface and they are reporting that they did make snow. Tubing is also open today.

Massanutten - 23°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface. Both terrain parks are still open with a number of features set up. Tubing is also open today from 9am to 9pm. Today is College Day where a college student that presents a valid ID will receive an 8-hour lift ticket for just $30.

Wintergreen - 23° - Open today on 25 of 26 trails with a groomed surface. They will have night skiing tonight, and tubing will open at 2pm today. They have been and will continue to make snow as temperatures allow which is great news!

Appalachian Ski Mountain - 29°- Open today on all 12 slopes with a wet granular surface. I’m kind of surprised that they did not make any snow last night but I guess when you have a huge base like they do it is not necessary. Ice skating is also open today.

Beech Mountain Resort - 25°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface. The terrain park is open with a multitude of fun features and was rebuilt over the weekend. Ice skating is also open today.

Cataloochee – 38.4°- They are open on 100% of the mountain with a groomed surface today. Tubing is open as well. I don’t think it got quite cold enough there last night to make any snow, but they are still in great shape and it looks really good up there on the cam this morning. Today is Family Day at Cat where a child 17 and under will receive a free lift ticket when accompanied by a parent purchasing a full price adult day, twilight, or night lift ticket. This weekend is also Fire and Rescue Appreciation Days, offering discount lift tickets to fire and rescue personnel and family. Very cool! Also, 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 - 28°- They are closed today and will reopen on Friday at noon.

Sugar Mountain – 30°- Open today on 100% of the mountain with a perfectly groomed surface. Sugar did not make any snow last night either, which is kind of surprising. However, like App they have a huge base and are in great shape. Skating and tubing are also open today. This Thursday they will be having their Spyder Sample Sale where there will be huge savings on select Spyder winter items.

Wolf Ridge - 31° - Open on 13 of 23 slopes today with a groomed surface. Here’s what they have to say – “Its Wednesday, 31 degrees on the mountain and the weather man is calling for cloudy skies today. We will have 13 runs and 2 lifts open today with the following Specials: Home School: $29.00 lift/ski/lesson: College Night: 15.00 Lift ticket: Ladies night: $17.00 lift ticket: The Slopes will be open today from 9.00am to 10.00pm so get here early and be the first to Shred the snow. See you at the Wolf!!!”

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