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01.15.14 08:10 AM

There’s a fairly interesting and rare occurrence happening today.  The North Carolina resorts are under a Winter Weather Advisory through tomorrow.  What is relatively strange about this is that our more snow prone neighbors up in West Virginia do not have a warning.  Time for North Carolina’s moment in the spotlight!  Now, this is not to say that West Virginia is not expecting some of the natural white stuff of their own.  Snowshoe is showing a 60% chance of snow today, starting around 1:00 or so.  But nothing from the National Weather Service – I’m just saying.

The flip side of this is that we didn’t get the snow last night we were hoping for.  There was a dusting at Appalachian and Sugar, with a heavy dusting at Beech, but nothing to write home about.  In fact, it didn’t even get cold enough for Appalachian to bother firing their guns last night.  Beech and Sugar were able to however, and are still making snow this morning.  Fog is also rolling in this morning and has pretty much blanketed the tops of the hills in the past 15 minutes.

Fog at Sugar Mountain

I bet if we wait another 15 minutes or so it will be a completely different story.

Speaking of stories, Ober Gatlingburg is another story all together.  They are under a Winter Storm Warning, and according to the alert, rain should switch over to snow this morning with accumulation of 1-4 inches expected (about the same for the North Carolina Mountains).  Ober is going to have a rather interesting day.  Looking at the hourly forecast from weather.com, it is cloudy at 10am, snowing at 11am, raining at 12pm, and snowing again by 3pm.  If you break it down to 15 minute intervals, snow at 10:15, cloudy at 10:30, and snow again at 10:45 (looks like someone forgot to take their meds this morning).  I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again, whoever said you can’t have it all has clearly not skied the Southeast.

Conditions at Ober Gatlingburg
There is certainly something going on over at Ober

Now I don’t mean to poke at Ober.  If I am poking it is just because I care.    

Ok, on to what has happened at the resorts since we last spoke.  Not much really.  Beech has closed Powder Bowl for the day to give the crew a chance to do some rebuilding.  Snowshoe closed down a few more runs over at Silver Creek and is down 1 acre to 215.  That’s about it.  The resorts are holding pretty steady at the moment, and most are anticipating snow this afternoon.

Did anyone take me up on the bet about the fog at Sugar?  If you did, I owe you a beer.

Fog at Sugar Mountain

Pay attention to the resort cams today, especially Ober.  It’s sounding like it is going to be one of those days where you can clear your schedule of meetings, gather up some friends, make some popcorn, and stare at the cameras.

Take Care!

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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