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Southeastern Blue Bird

12.27.13 07:35 AM

Today is going to be an awesome end to the Holiday week.  Lots of snow, blue skies, and mild temperatures await you on the slopes today.

I’m getting a little excited and ahead of myself.  Let’s go around the horn to see what has happened in the past 24 hours and the conditions you can expect today.  It was another night of snow making for most of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic resorts.  There was a bit of natural snow thrown into the mix as well with Wisp in Maryland receiving 2” of the good stuff.  This enabled Wisp to bump up their base a bit to 12-24”.


I love this view of the Canaan Valley

While Wisp is the only area resort reporting natural snow last night, just about all the resorts got in on the action.  In West Virginia, Winterplace is skiing on a 24-40” base and opened up 2 additional runs for us, plus, Winterplace is looking to open the blue Wood’s Run this weekend,  Timberline is skiing on a 20-40” base with 1 additional run for us today and is making snow on Upper Dew Drop and Lower Almost Heaven.   The other big mover in WV today is Canaan Valley who is skiing on a 12-24” base and has also opened up more terrain with 2 runs.

Over in Virginia, Massanutten is skiing on a 30” base this morning, which is up 2” from yesterday.  MNutten has 10 of their 14 runs open.  Wintergreen is up 6” from yesterday to 24-30” and has opened 1 additional run for us – the black diamond Logger’s Alley.

Wintergreen Ski Resort
Wintergreen is looking good

The North Carolina resorts have had a very productive 24 hours and are no doubt making the most good from the weather of late.  The biggest news, I think, is that Appalachian Ski Mountain is 100% open today!  App joins a short list of resorts (Bryce) to open up all of their terrain – GO APP!  Oh yeah, they also added 2” of manmade to their base bringing them up to 52”.  I’m telling you, they are a snowmaking operation over there.

Beech Mountain
Great day to be at Beech

Also in the North Carolina High Country, Beech opened up 1 more run while sugar added about an inch to their base bringing it to 28-54”.  To round out our great state of North Carolina, Cataloochee added 2” of manmade to bring their base up to 28-42” and opened up additional terrain to 16 of their 17 runs.

Our final resort to visit this morning is Ober Gatlinburg who has an 18-20” base and has been keeping busy.  In fact, they have been selling out of tubing, so make sure you call ahead if tubing is your adventure of choice.

This week has been just great on the slopes.  I’m hearing nothing but good things from our members who are reporting in from their days on the slopes.  Great conditions and great weather are the overriding themes.  Don’t forget your sunglasses, as you will see more of the same out there today – who could ask for more?

Take care out there today!

Tim Bahlke
Drop me an email at tim@skisoutheast.com to let me know what you think or with suggestions on what we could be doing better.





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