What a year it has been, so far. Just over the weekend, D.C. hit a milestone as 2018 is the wettest year on record . . . 61.34 inches of yearly rain fall (as recorded at Reagan National Airport). This isn’t just isolated as Asheville, NC is close to cracking the record as well with still 2 weeks left in the calendar year.

As for TODAY, it looks like the clouds are moving out as High Pressure, with cold air moves in. In fact, it looks like nearly the entire swath of resorts are going to be able to make snow (periodically) over the next couple of days!

This is a real treat as schools get released for the holidays, and the emphasis on “that yearly ski trip” is front-and-center.

NC . . . cold air arrives today/tonight:

Beech Mountain: open on 11 runs and 4 lifts today. The temps are dropping at 5506′ as we speak, and “Snowmaking will resume when temperatures allow”! Beech also open their ice skating and tubing.

Temps already dropping at Beech

Appalachian Ski Mountain: open on 10 runs and 4 lifts today, during regular hours. This Friday night there is an ice skating session supporting the Carolina Snowbelles. From 5-6:30pm, skating (including skate rental) is only $10 (1/2 off). Might be a great day to hit the slopes, then get on the ice.

Cataloochee: open on 16 runs and 4 lifts today. They are going until 10pm now, so start penciling it into your schedule. In addition, Tubing World is open for some “knock your socks off” speed.

Wolf Ridge:  “Monday at the Wolf….skiing from Mid-station down on 4 slopes and 3 lifts.  We are in our Holiday time period BUT offering Week Day rates today!  Fingers crossed temperatures drop tonight and we are able to crank the snow guns back up and start building that base back up . . . Much thanks to all who showed up yesterday for our Canned Food Drive!  More than 2000+ cans were donated to help benefit those in need here in Madison County.”

Sapphire Valley: Still looking good for our southern most ski resort . . . 3 runs and 2 lifts today, from 9am to 8pm. Tubing runs from 10am to 6pm.

WV . . . cold air arrives today:

Snowshoe: “Some good, cold air will move in this afternoon and allow our snowmakers to get back to work resurfacing the trails. Our snow held up wonderfully over the weekend”.

With 39 runs (totaling 167 acres) and 11 lifts open . . . not a bad place to be on a Monday.

Canaan Valley: up and running with 13 runs, 2 aerial lifts, and 1 surface lift. Temps are going to get real good there as, “the weather is turn to be more favorable today. We will be making snow on Valley Vista and Timber Trail, as soon as conditions allow”.

In addition, they have . . . “$25 lift tix for college students during the week, $35 with ski rental, and $45 with board rental”. (Thanks Justin)

Snowmaking will resume this afternoon . . .

Winterplace: open with 14 runs and 6 lifts today. Over the weekend, Winterplace opened with over 50% of their terrain, and spinning 6 (of 9) lifts on the first day. That is pretty darn good for any resort to accomplish on their opening weekend . . . bravo!

VA . . . cold air arrives tonight: 

Bryce: open with 7 runs and 3 lifts today.

Massanutten: open with 6 runs and 5 lifts today . . . I think they are getting excited about the cold air because their fingers type faster than their processor, “Temperatures should be favorable for the snowmaking team to get back to wortk tonight.” 😉

Wintergreen: open with 9 runs and 3 lifts today, from 9am to 5pm. Wintergreen is still running their Learn to Ski for Free program until December 21st. Check their webpage for more details.

 

MD . . . cold air arrives this afternoon: 

Wisp: open on 9 runs and 4 lifts today. This afternoon/evening they open the tubing and mountain coaster between 4pm and 8pm. Looks like the high temp tomorrow doesn’t even get above freezing. This should allow for a nice run of snowmaking!

Wisp whales about to get bigger

TN . . . cold air arrives sporadically throughout the week: 

Ober: open on 3 runs and 2 lifts today . . . “This week we have two events:  Ladies Night on Tuesday and College Night on Thursday!  Both events are fundraisers for the Smoky Mountain Food Ministries.  To participate, please bring $10 cash or 10 canned foods/non-perishable food items and exchange them for a night session lift ticket good for that evening 6-10 pm.”

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.