COLD and SNOW are the Big News at Southeast Ski Resorts for Sunday, February 19, 2006

Natural Snow Fell in a rather fickle way on Saturday as areas in the North Carolina Mountains got a bit more than MOST of the resorts further north.  Only Wintergreen Resort in Virginia reported ANY snow and they had just one inch of new snowfall…and yet Snowshoe received 3”, Timberline and Canaan got 2” and then WISP Resort in Maryland was blessed with 4”.

Here’s what each of the resorts reported in with and we also included their season’s snowfall total as well:

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 2” – 29”
Cataloochee Ski Area – 2” – 55”
Hawksnest Ski Resort – 4” – 52”
Ski Beech Resort – 4” – 59”
Sugar Mountain – 4” – 53”
Wolf Laurel Slopes – 2” – 33”
Wintergreen Resort – 1” – 31”
Canaan Valley – 2” – 105”
Snowshoe Mountain – 3” – 132”
Timberline Resort – 2” – 105”
Winterplace Resort – 3” – 72”
Wisp Resort – 4” – 99”
Ober Gatlinburg – 1” – 27”

COLD is the word for today! All ski areas across the Southeast are reporting in with temps in the single digits and teens this morning.  The coldest reading this morning was up at Snowshoe where at 6am the temps was MINUS 6°!!!  Wisp Resort in Maryland is showing MINUS 4°! Wintergreen and Winterplace Resorts are reporting in with 2°.

Hawksnest Resort in North Carolina is reporting 10°, Ski Beech 11°, Wolf Laurel – Appalachian – Cataloochee are all showing 16°.  It will be COLD out today even with the sun shining so dress appropriately!

Here’s some notes of interest for today:

WISP RESORT IN MARYLAND – received 4” of new snow from Saturday and that takes them to 99” of snow on the season.  Today will offer sweet, packed powder conditions on 33 trails.  Conditions couldn’t get much better up there!

Canaan Valley still has their Rail Jam / Triple Air Comp ongoing today and after receiving 2” of new natural snow on Saturday conditions will be great for today on the 24 trails that are open!  Canaan Valley has received 117” on the season.

Snowshoe Mountain received another 3" of snow on Saturday taking their season to date snowfall total up to 132"! Needless to say, the conditions are great! The big news for today is the cold – with temperatures this morning below zero. Be sure to dress warmly and cover all exposed skin. Grooming took place last night on all trails except for Lower Shays. All 57 trails are open!

Timberline Resort reported 2-3”” of snow on Saturday and that takes them to 117” on the season, which is the same as neighboring Canaan Resort…and just under the natural snow touring center of White Grass.  Timberline will be in phenomenal shape today!

Winterplace Resort got in on the snowfall on Saturday as the more south you went, the more moisture there was for snowfall on this system.  They received 3’ of snow and that takes them to 72” of snow on the season.  They have packed powder conditions on 27 trails!


Only Wintergreen Resort of the four Virginia Ski Areas picked up natural snow but all are in great shape today!

Bryce Resort in Virginia is hosting the Locher Dual Open Championship today and the Bryce Resort Open GS Championship on Monday. If the Winter Olympics has got you pumped for more competition, why not go see some LIVE!  Bryce is having some great conditions for today on all seven trails.

Massanutten Resort is making tons of snow and conditions will be great on 13 trails with 6 lifts servicing them.  Expect groomed conditions and a strong base of 30-55”

Wintergreen Resort received an inch of natural snow on Saturday and they blasted their trails as well. Tiffany Keith, who is holding down some of the reporting tasks until new PR gal Sara Lovejoy starts her new duties Monday says, “It was 2 degrees at 6am, so yes, the cold air has arrived. Snowmaking efforts overnight have been fantastic. Imagine the quantity of snow that can be made when it is 2 degrees. On second thought, don’t try and imagine it, come see for yourselves. We are making piles and piles because we plan to ski and ride all the way into April and finish out the season with our April 1st and 2nd Wicked Huge Park Party and more. All of our trails are open; they have been groomed overnight and are in great condition for some mid-winter fun. The bumps on Upper Wild Turkey keep getting better and better so come check them out! The Plunge and the Slide are open today with 2 hour sessions starting at 10am for some thrilling tubing. Don’t forget about Freestyle’s Demo day today. Come check out the latest ski and snowboard equipment for free at the top of the Big Acorn Lift.

OBER GATLINBURG in Tennessee received another 1” of snow on Saturday and that makes the season’s total rise to 27” of natural snowfall on the season.  Ober is looking good from the top today with seven trails and Loose Snow conditions.


Appalachian Ski Mountain picked up about 2” of natural snow yesterday and that takes them to 29” of snow on the season.  They also made snow and conditions will be phenomenal on Sunday.

Cataloochee Ski Area got their phone problems repaired early Saturday morning so their communication nightmare was resolved quickly.  Cat made snow and they also received 2” of new natural snow and they have now received 55” of snow on the season!  They are 100% open today and since this is a holiday weekend, they WILL be open for night skiing tonight as well.

Hawksnest Resort did not make snow and allowed their visitors to enjoy the hill unabated by snowguns.  Hawksnest received right at 4” of new snow and that takes them to 52” on the season.  11 of 12 trails are open plus their popular tubing park.  The only trail not open as yet is Old Blue.  Expect perfect conditions at Hawksnest today.

Sapphire has not updated with any reporting service since Friday.  You can bet the conditions are very nice however.  Two trails will be operating today and the Frozen Falls Tubing Area.

Ski Beech received 4” of natural snow on Saturday and conditions will be packed powder and frozen granular in all 15 trails.  They will have 8 lifts operating and one of those is their high speed quad which will help to move those huge President’s Day weekend crowds!  Ski Beech has received a state-leading 59” of natural snowfall on the season thus far.

Wolf Laurel Ski Resort is in beautiful shape today after 2” fell on Saturday.  That takes them to 33” of snow on the season and they are in great shape for today with all 12 trails operating.  The great little family resort is enjoying a phenomenal season and conditions will be super sweet today!

Go get ‘em!  If you get out early you can make a few turns without much of a lift line!  By mid morning expect lift lines!

Until Next Time!

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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.