Last night put a little spell (temperature inversion) on just about every resort in the region. No worries though, because the base depths are nearly bombproof . . . for now.

The extended forecast looks wet, in most places, so get some while you can!

VA . . . 

Massanutten: has skiing and riding on 4 slopes served by 4 lifts, today.

If you are planning a weekend trip to Mass. be sure to check their website as advised. Here is what they mentioned, “Due to the high probability of liquid precipitation tomorrow night we will not open for night skiing/riding on Friday night as planned. We do plan to open for night skiing on Saturday night. Check this page for the most up to date conditions and operating hours.”

Bryce: is off to a great start this year. They have 7 slopes (out of 8) served by 3 lifts open today.

Wintergreen: A 42″+ base, and holding nicely. They are operating on 9 slopes accessed by 3 lifts.

NC . . .

Wolf Ridge: Added one slope to the count (from yesterday). They are skiing on 9 slopes accessed by 3 lifts today.

One of the real perks about Wolf Ridge is their early season night skiing. You really have to hand it to Wolf for being open day and night. At this time of the year, resorts are still reaching out for staff . . . props to them for going the extra distance.

Appalachian Ski Mountain: 100% open.

Some of the terrain park features for the park hounds

Cataloochee: 100% open. The Meadow is still open . . . Day 5! It really goes to show how well the natural snow is holding up at Cataloochee. Get a memorable meadow run before the melting begins. They are skiing on 19 slopes accessed by 4 lifts today.

Beech: Is skiing and riding on 14 of 17 runs today. They are accessed by 4 lifts.

WV . . .

Snowshoe: is up to 122 Acres open. It’s amazing how well and fast they are at getting more terrain opened up. Have to hand it to the snowmaking and grooming crew who charge the mountain at night to get all the new (and existing) terrain prepped.

Today they open up Grabhammer (black) , Moonshine (blue), and Singletree (blue).

Grabhammer . . . peeking through the fog this morning.

TN . . .

Ober: mentioned they hit a temperature inversion the last day or two. They look to be really cranking up early next week when snow making temps look more favorable. Today, they are operating on 3 runs and 2 lifts.

Wisp will open tomorrow . . . let’s take a look at just some of their awesome coverage. 

Wisp Coverage. Click to Enlarge
Wisp Coverage. Click to Enlarge
Wisp Coverage. Click to Enlarge

Those guys over at Wisp have a really thorough Mountain Message Blog. Here is a slice of what they have in store for you guys . . . “Thank you snowmaking team!  With Squirrel Cage, Face, Central Park (terrain park), and the Tubing Park nearing a desired base, the team has moved on to cover other areas of the mountain and will continue to make its way around throughout the week: Sunset, Wisp Trail, Grouse, Beaver, Muskrat, Boulder, Happy Camper, Backbone, Aces, Big Dipper and Ridge are starting to pile up . . . The snowmaking team has projected the resort will open with a base depth average of 18 to 36 inches of fluffy snow. Let the countdown begin!”

Tomorrow will feature Canaan, Winterplace, and Sapphire as they get ready for their big day on Saturday.

Here is a nice prelude from Justin Harris:

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.