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WE'RE BAAACCCCKKK PART DEUX...
12.23.12 09:52 AM
Story by Mike Doble - firstname.lastname@example.org
So we all made it through the cosmic black hole of the Mayan Calendar version of Fear Factor. Then this morning I go to start posting my snow reporting and BLOG and there's no internet here at my home. Technology is amazing though because I was able to create my OWN hot spot via my phone and away I went. Thankfully my home internet came back on quickly.
This was up at Beech Mountain on Saturday!
There are now THIRTEEN (counting Liberty's Snowflex Ctr) of our seventeen resorts open today which is the most we've had this season to date.
36 trails open in North Carolina
Base depths SKY-ROCKETED in some but not all cases in the last 24 hours. Hopefully those numbers are close to real and not marketing battles to keep up with what XYZ Resort is reporting. I'm afraid there's some of that going on. A few resorts upped their bases more than 20" in the last 24 hours. Either that's some major corrections or they've found a way to make nearly two feet of snow on numerous slopes at once. In the case of the latter, I hope they turn those snow dumps on several additional trails to get closer to fully open rather than on just 3-4 trails.
Wolf Ridge went from ZERO base on this past Wednesday except for some small piles here and there to reporting a base of 20-30" this morning. That's 20-30" in 60 hours on 4 trails - plus snow tubing.
We'll have to see if some of the bases drop as quickly when the days of rain come this week for some areas.
I can tell you personally that Beech was making a veritable CLOUD of snow on Saturday across their mountain. The winds were howling and they were BLASTING that hill and everything around it.
Wisp and Snowshoe are the only ski areas that reported additional snowfall on Saturday with Wisp reporting 3" and Snowshoe with 1" of additional snowfall. That took Wisp to 15" from the storm and Snowshoe the same. Beech Mountain receive the most snowfall of the NC resorts with 6.5" from the two-day storm.
That is the question most asked this morning. I'm going to leave the technical stuff to Herb Stevens and Brad Panovich, however I'm a little concerned with the forecast for the next few days for MOST of the ski region of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. However there's ALSO some great news within the forecast. Let's look at it by region.
As we drop down into Virginia things look a little milder. Some showers will probably hit on Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day will be sunny with highs around 46° and overnight lows just above snowmaking temps until Thursday, December 27th when SNOW is in the forecast! From then til the end of the year look for some patchy snow and lows overnight that should allow for snowmaking.
As we look over towards Maggie Valley and Cataloochee things look like lows won't allow for snow or snowmaking until December 26th now as the colder air exits out. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day look a little wet as well with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 30s. Temps turn cold again at NIGHT on the 26th and then we're looking at snowmaking cold temps each night. No natural snow is in the forecast until perhaps December 29th when temps are forecasted to nosedive into the teens with some snow and wintry mix.
OBER GATLINBURG actually may see some showers on Christmas Day and then snow or mix on Wednesday and Thursday after Christmas. Lows in the mid 20s from Wednesday to Thursday should allow for additional snowmaking. Snow is in the offing around December 30th.
BEECH MOUNTAIN looks surprisingly not as cold as we'd have thought. After the snowguns shut down later today (they are still running as of this writing at 10am Sunday) they will remain off until perhaps Wednesday night. Showers are liking Christmas Eve. Christmas Day looks cloudy but little chance of any precip. Wednesday looks rainy again :-( However Thursday and Friday look snowy with lows in the mid 20s! Ditto the snow next weekend with perhaps a mix in that system.
We'll start with VIRGINIA...
YES - Virginia - THERE IS skiing and snowboarding - IN VIRGINIA!
It is so good to see the VA resort able to make enough snow to get open. The temperatures have simply been less than accommodating across the "Lovers" state. Temps north and south of Virginia have just been colder but they HAVE made snow and here's what's happening today.
BRYCE RESORT - 20° - I LOVE the fact that they are reporting a SINGLE DIGIT base depth. (I think all resorts should. Snowshoe used to!) Anyway Ryan and their crew are reporting a base of 20" on 3 of 8 trails that will open at 11am. Call ahead about night sessions. They are still BLASTING the trails this AM.
This great shot was sent by Marketing & Lynn Swann! Click HERE to see larger image!
After some prodding from us, we are excited to see a SNOW REPORT on their front page now! They were doing $12.22 lift passes on Saturday. Get it? Dec 22nd.
THE HOMESTEAD'S popularity can be easily shown through their 17000+ facebook followers.
OBER GATLINBURG is now OPEN albeit with 3 of 9 trails and snow tubing. When you look at what they've had to work with - which would arguably be the least amount of cold and snow - they have done the most with the least. Ice skating is also open today.
This awesome shot was captured right from the LIVE CAM!
Click HERE to see snow groomer doing his thing!
We watched the groomer's doing their thing this morning via: http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-winterplace.php
Beech via the LIVE CAM this Morning!
Talia Freeman writes, "Santa will be visiting today. From 3pm to 530pm,Santa will be in the View Haus Cafeteria making sure to hear everyone's holiday wishes! On December 24, at 430pm a Christmas Eve Service will be held at the ice rink. Participants can enjoy a free hot chocolate to celebrate the holiday."
SNOWSHOE is up from 21 to 23 trails open today. That's 84 acres of available skiing and snowboarding. It's also 8° there this AM. The Shoe has had 18" of snow this past week with MORE on the way.
Wintergreen this AM after some natural snow fell and snowmaking ops!
We are doing everything we can to open before 12/26. Check this message for the most up to date information.
That's it for today folks. Merry Christmas EVE, EVE. See you on the slopes!
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