The Coldest Morning of the Season…and Brother it is Cold!

Beech's 5506' Elevation Looks pretty and pretty frigid this morning!

Sunday was a “snow globe” kind of day with snow swirling around and falling light-to-moderate most all day but not amounting to a lot anywhere in the region – with the exception of the WV resorts where 4″ fell at Canaan Valley and Timberline resorts. Snowshoe Mountain reported in with 5″ of new snow.

I mentioned this on Sunday, however it HAS been a snowy January thus far – even with the wild swings in temperatures. 22.7″ of snow has fallen at Davis, WV according to David Lesher’s Canaan Weather data website.

In fact, we’re seeing 6 of the the 16 member ski resorts with at least 40″ of natural snowfall on the season to date.

Check the SNOW REPORT for all the deets on trails open, snowfall per resort, etc.

Per that snowfall, the winds have made this another snowfall day where there is not much to show for the accumulations that fell.

I mentioned WV’s 4-5″ of snow, and snow did fall across much of the area with 1″ accumulating at Winterplace, 1-2″ at Beech Mountain, etc. (Again, you can get all the numbers for the last 24 hours AND for the season on our SNOW REPORT. You can count on those numbers being accurate for every resort in the region.)

Anyone Catch the Blood Wolf Moon?

It was pretty cloudy here last night as I was attempting to check it out. So I tuned in to Slooh and watched it. Kind of cool.

Caroline Martin of Caroline Martin Photography posted this nice shot from Massanutten Resort

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I pulled this one from Space.com

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The Biggest Story of today…is the FRIGID temps’

If you are fortunate enough to be enjoying the slopes today…be sure to cover all exposed areas. The windchills are going to be pretty cold!

As I toured the area this morning I found these reported temps. It is as much as 34° colder in most locations this morning than it was 24 hours ago.

-12.8°
-5.6°

7.4°
14°
-4°

-6.2°
-5.3°

-3°

-2°


-4°
Snowshoe Mountain
Beech Mountain
Appalachian Ski Mountain
Cataloochee Ski Area
Sapphire Valley Resort
Sugar Ski & Country Club
Wolf Ridge Resort
Canaan Valley Resort
Winterplace Resort
Bryce Resort
Omni Homestead Resort
Massanutten Resort
Wintergreen Resort
Oglebay Resort
Ober Gatlinburg
Wisp Resort

We provide LIVE webcams at these two locations which I thought would make for interesting comparisons:

Spirit Mountain Minnesota -14.4°
Mount Washington, British Columbia Canada 18°

Notables:

Massanutten
The guns are hammering on Paradice top to bottom. We plan to have Paradice and Mak Attack open soon. Monday Night Madness tonight, $20 Slope-Use, $20 equipment rental, tickets go on sale at 3:45pm

Wintergreen Lift Update
Acorn Lift Update
Acorn lift will not be operating today so A-side trails will be closed. We will provide an update on the lift repair later today. We are exploring all of our options and looking for creative solutions. Again, we thank you for your patience.

Nice grooming shot at Wintergreen

Timberline Resort lift update
The parts to fix the lift are on their way to Timberline. We will keep you posted on the progress. Today the beginner area is open and LIFT TICKETS are $25. Ski School, Cafeteria and Bunkhouse are open. THANK YOU for your support and understanding. Keep positive thoughts going!

Wisp Resort
Activities Alert: for the safety of our guests, the Mountain Coaster will be closed today due to inclimate weather that has effected it over the last 24 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Deep Creek Lake is beginning to freeze over. Click to Enlarge!

More Imagery

The shot below showed the crowds at the bottom of Ballhooter at Snowshoe mid-day Sunday.

Pretty shot of the Village at Snowshoe this morning. Click to Enlarge!

 

That will do it for today.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted close to 14,000 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.