Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain Resort Open Today

The Sun Rises Revealing Whales of Snowmaking atop Snowshoe Mountain this morning.

Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain Resort reopen today. Sugar is open with 4 slopes and trails and Cataloochee Ski Areas will operate with 5 slopes and trails. Appalachian Ski Mountain will have their ice rink open (as does Sugar) but App looks to be holding their reopening off for another day. We noticed that they did make snow overnight although they’re not reporting that on their website. It looks like they put down a lot of snow making but not as much as they’d like to reopen the slopes.

It looks like they are waiting to reopen Saturday when they will also be celebrating their 54th season of skiing as they roll back ticket prices to their 1962 prices of $5 lift tickets for day sessions both Saturday and Sunday.

So Cataloochee and Sugar are the only two ski areas open for Friday turns.


Baby It’s Cold Outside…

Temperatures are about as consistent as I think that I’ve ever seen them from Wisp Resort in Garrett County, Maryland where it is 27° this morning, to 26° at Massanutten in Virginia, to 27° at Ober Gatlinburg in the Smokies, to 27° at Sugar Mountain in Western North Carolina.

The “warmest” temp we saw this morning was being reported by Cataloochee’s website at 31° and the coldest spot was atop Beech Mountain Resort’s 5506′ elevation at 24.8°.

Massanutten had the guns on for a short time this morning.
Massanutten had the guns on for a short time this morning.

Interestingly those 26°-27° readings at all of the Virginia resorts must have just happened early this morning as ONLY Wintergreen Resort was making or made snow. Wintergreen was making snow as of 8am.

We watched as Massanutten Resort turned their snowmaking equipment on for their tubing hill, but after just a short round of snowmaking, the guns were turned back off.

2015-Dec-04-SaphWe also witnessed an arsenal of snowmaking guns at Sapphire Valley, but no snowmaking despite the temps.

It looked like Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County, West Virginia had the most optimal overnight temps as they put down some whales of snow overnight. (See photo at the top of this story!) They continue to pump out mountains of snow as of this post.

In fact it was cool to see some of the views from over on the Silvercreek side of the mountain and the snowstorm that they were creating at the base of the mountain as well.

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Here’s the Tour for today…going generally from North to South:

Wisp Resort – 28° – making snow and opening as soon as possible. We are installing a NEW, HD Streaming Camera at Wisp next week and we will be giving away a couple of winter getaway ski vacations to Wisp Resort this winter. Stay tuned.

Snowshoe Mountain – 27° – A Trace of natural snow and they are making tons of snow and will be opening soon. Snowshoe isn’t reporting it but they’ve seen 1″ of snowfall on the season.

Canaan Valley and Timberline Resort – 23° and they’ve seen a TRACE of snow in the last 24 hours and 2.2″ on the season. They are making tons of snow and will be opening within the next week, weather permitting.

Winterplace Resort – 22° and making snow! We saw the lift running this morning and got excited. They look to open soon.

Bryce Resort – 27° – No Snowmaking
Omni Homestead – 27° – No Snowmaking
Massanutten – 26° – Tried to make snow on tubing.
Wintergreen Resort – 26° – making snow at their base and tubing

Ober Gatlinburg – 27° – made a little snow and their tubing hill is open. They hope to open mid-December

Wolf Ridge – 30° – making snow

Sugar Mountain – 27° – As mentioned, they made snow and will as long as temps allow today and they are open to the top of their mountain with 4 slopes serviced by their new Summit Express lift. Ice skating is open as well.

Beech Mountain – 24.8° and making snow. Will reopen asap.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 27° and made snow. Reopens tomorrow.

Cataloochee Ski Area – 31° – making snow and open for day sessions today with 5 slopes.

Sugar is the only ski area open for night skiing tonight.

Until next time…

Enjoy your day and THINK SNOW! THINK COLD! …and Start a Prayer effort! Email me anytime and about anything at: [email protected]


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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.