Cold Temps, Light Snow (in some places) and Snowmaking Make for a Great Day at NC Ski Resorts!

We have a lot to share today and another story will be posting later this morning so you’ll want to check back in a bit. However, first…

Resort Notes Always Come First

Check the slope conditions page for slope numbers and base depths. These notes are for added information.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – Snowguns are blasting away and App may make snow as long as temps allow. The temp this morning was 23°

Cataloochee Ski Area – They are reporting 26° and we’re watching snowmaking ops going down at the popular Maggie Valley resort.

Hawksnest Ski Resort – For those of you who emailed this morning asking "why isn’t Hawksnest making snow?" just know that THEY ARE…you just can’t see it on the webcam.  We spoke with Rowe just now (9am) and he said, "We are focusing snowmaking this morning on Upper Sock Em Dog and Sock Em Dog. We’re putting snow where the money is right now, because a lot more people ski and ride that than they do Top Gun. We’ll get to Top Gun next."  (As shown, Hawksnest is doing some nice grooming as of this report this morning!)

Sapphire Valley – Their normal schedule has them closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They should reopen Wednesday at 5pm.

Ski Beech – They are reporting 23° this morning and Beech’s 5506’ elevations “wrung out” ½” of snow from the little bit of moisture that was in the air up there! They too are making snow to open more terrain soon! Highs will only get into the mid 20s or so at Beech today so bundle up and wear your goggles! Today is TWO FOR TUESDAY at Ski Beech. During DAY SKIING SESSIONS two of you can ski for the price of one! Go pair up!

Sugar Mountain –Sugar is reporting 21° and a “heavy dusting” of snow. (We’re so proud!) Sugar is making snow and will be as long as temps allow (and that should be all day). Sugar will be making snow this week on Whoopdedoo, the Terrain Park area, Sugar Slalom and the Tubing Park. (Tubing is closed right now.) Sugar expects to open more terrain by the end of the week.

Wolf Ridge Resort – The Wolf is showing 29° this morning and snowmaking is ongoing at this time. They will have nine trails open today and five tonight. Wolf wanted us to make sure that you guys know that The “Breakaway” side of the mountain will be open on Friday and Saturday nights. We also mentioned this yesterday but it bears repeating.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort Will Be Hosting a Slope Style Competition this Weekend!

The competition will heat up on January 27th at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort as the slopes host a slope style competition at Park Place, the resort’s new Terrain Park. The new park is located just off Upper Boardwalk on the Breakaway side of Wolf Ridge. The competition begins at 1 PM and will include skiers and snowboarders.

Each competitor will be given 2 runs judged by a panel of 3 judges. The score will be based on style, amplitude and technicality. The top 5 competitors will move on to a final 3rd run. Prizes will be given to top 3 competitors. (possible prizes could be cash, gear, passes, trophy)

Registration for the competition will begin at 9 AM at the Upper Wolf Ridge Lodge. There will be a $15 registration fee and a 25% discount on lift tickets for competitors. Prizes will be given to top 3 competitors.

The event is co-sponsored by Breakaway Village, Zero Gravity Skate Park of Brevard, Red Bull and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. For more information call 828-689-4111.

Rest assured that no matter where you ski today…conditions will be just short of awesome. Continued snowmaking weather and some natural snow is in the forecast as well! Look for highs in the 20s and 30s and lows in the TEENS and 20s all the way through AT LEAST next Monday! That means more terrain and slope opening! If you have a trip planned for this week or weekend, it will be near perfect timing.

It’s PAINFUL Telling a Loved One That They Are Fat!

After Dave Snow’s story on Sunday afternoon, we received 37 emails and a couple of message board comments. I spent about an hour putting together a long follow-up to the story because I personally feel (as did all of the emails that we received) that Dave made very good points. In conversations with some employees at Ski Beech, it is obvious that even they agree with Dave’s comments…at least most of them. When you’re that close to something…it’s sometimes HARD to accept the facts. We love Beech and will tell anyone that you NEED to visit them because they are GREAT! However, I will stand by Dave’s story and if I had to do it over again, I would post it, because I think he had the right attitude in saying that he wanted HIS favorite resort to step things up a bit. In summary, why not shoot for better than the rest?

We’ll move on…

Photos of the Day Are Looking Good!

Have you guys been noticing how phenomenal some of the Photos of the Day are this season??? To get the most of your daily visit to us, be sure to check out the Photos of the Day on both SkiNC and as they each feature separate photos. Also, to see ALL of the photos submitted each day, you can choose the resort that you want to look at, by clicking on that link from the front page, then once you are on that page, click the Photos of the Day link. That will take you to ALL of the most recent photo submissions for each resort! It’s worth a few minutes each day to look at several resorts. We’ve been getting some awesome shots from many resorts and some of the more recent ones from Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline are particularly awesome due to all of the snow they’ve gotten over the last few days. Be sure to check them out!

Also we posted a different video on the front of so you’ll want to skip over than and check it out as well.

Are You Ready For Some Football!

Sapphire Valley is! They will be hosting a Super Bowl Sunday Party on February 4th at 5:30pm. Watch the Super Bowl on the Super Screen in the Sapphire Room! BYOB and Bring a Covered Dish to Share! For more information call 828-743-7663. Tell them that SkiNC sent you!

Until Next Time…


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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.