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THE COLDEST WEEK OF THE SEASON? COLDEST IN YEARS?
01.21.13 08:49 AM
The answer to our own question is "YES" and "NO". Last week many forecasters were already pointing to tonight's low as being bitterly cold and some were talking coldest temps in years. The low tonight is forecasted to be the following:
Beech - 8°
A few days ago we were seeing MINUS ZERO temps for many of the resorts into North Carolina with HIGHS around 10°. Now those temps are reserved only for the most northern resorts within our coverage area - Snowshoe, Canaan, Timberline and Wisp.
We should see some "ambience snow" (dusting) around the NC and VA mountains this evening while Davis, WV (home to Canaan Valley) should see 3-6" of snow today through Tuesday night and really there is MORE SNOW happening through Friday!
2-3" are forecasted for Snowshoe. A dusting of snow is in the forecast for the NC Mountains.
The great news is that it is possible that when this season is over and in the books that THIS week may go down as the coldest stretch of the season with forecasted HIGHS in the teens and 20s all week and LOWS near zero to teens. That should make for around the clock snowmaking for nearly ALL of the ski resorts all week long. You guys have already SEEN what our resorts can do with limited snowmaking opportunities so you can sit back and watch more terrain opening daily this week. Some ski resorts have already written us that they will be 100% open by next weekend.
We'll leave it to Herb Stevens and Brad Panovich to foretell NEXT WEEKEND'S weather and snow chances. A few days ago that was looking pretty promising, but again we'll leave that to them to chat about.
For now it should be bitterly cold tonight and Tuesday night, then a bit more NORMAL for this time of year for a day or so (with continued snowmaking) and then COLD as ice again this weekend.
From what we're seeing as a long range, things should be pretty good, but the early season forecast of this being a "back-loaded" cold and snowy season may or may not hold. Mid-range forecasts are hinting that NEXT WEEK'S forecast is already looking "considerably milder".
So get out and enjoy the best conditions of the season - RIGHT NOW and through the next week. If I were to provide our most sincere recommendation right now, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you head to the mountain during this next 14-20 days if you want a guarantee of nice conditions. The way things have gone the past two seasons, there is NO GUARANTEE of optimal conditions after that. We can HOPE, but I'd ski or ride these next two weeks for sure. So pack up the SUV and head to your favorite ski area!
...but JUST BECAUSE THESE GUYS ARE DOING MAGIC WITH THE TEMPS THIS SEASON...I bring you OBER first.
...How are they EVEN keeping these kinds of conditions with so few snowmaking days? It's MAGIC I tell you!
NOW BY COLDEST TO MILDEST MORNING TEMPS...
WISP: 13° - Wisp Resort is open today from 9am - 5pm with midweek peak season rates of $29 Adult and juniors lift tickets. Snowmaking took place on 18 trails overnight.
Winterplace's Travis Roberts sent us another GREAT Winterplace video. Check that out at: http://www.skisoutheast.com/videos.php
The low tonight will is forecasted at 3 degrees with a high of 12 tomorrow at The Homestead! Day sessions only today.
Gotta give the original LIVE STREAMING CAM some props although BOTH cams at Mass are pretty awesome. See: http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-massanutten.php
I watched a lot of activity this morning from the groomers and snow maintenance peeps making Mass all pretty. It should be GREAT at Mass today.
...Photo compliments of Wintergreen Resort from this morning!
With their "SNOW POWER SYSTEM" they can get it done. Wintergreen Resort is home to one of the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems. First installed during the 2002-2003 winter season and continuously upgraded, this state-of-the-art York® computerized snowmaking system gives Wintergreen the SnowPower to consistently offer the Mid-Atlantic’s best skiing and snowboarding surfaces.
Wintergreen is the only ski area on the East Coast to have 100 percent of its terrain covered by automated snowmaking. This complex system involves approximately 40,000 linear feet of pipeline, more than 400 snowguns and 45 weather stations. The result is gold-standard snowsports surfaces, with a uniformity of depth and consistency of snow quality from the top of the slopes to the bottom.
BEECH MTN: 29° - Made snow Sunday, Sunday night and still are this morning. The mountain really looks nice this morning via THE BASE CAM.
WOLF RIDGE: 34° - Hasn't made snow in 48 hours or more. Hasn't dropped base either. Does anyone else get ANYTHING out of this webcam? Ever? http://www.skiwolfridgenc.com/web_cams.php?camera=lower_lodge Nothing new here. Let's move on.
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