Day 3 and We’re Cruisin’

Day #3 of the ski and snowboard season is upon us.  Not much has changed since yesterday.  Cat and Sugar are still the only resorts open and they seem to be humming along.  Both of their base cams this morning are showing good coverage still and no bare ground to be seen!

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I didn’t have a chance to keep an eye on the webcams yesterday, so I’m not sure how busy both resorts were but it did look like an awesome day out there.  The image at the top of this article was taken by Sugar in the morning yesterday.  Blue skies and good snow on November 3rd.  I love it.

With all of the snow here in North Carolina over the weekend, I missed out on mentioning what was happening at Snowshoe up in West Virginia.  They received several inches of snow over the weekend as well and began snowmaking operations in preparation for their opening day, which is scheduled for November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving.  Check out the Instagram video they posted from yesterday which shows them blasting the slopes.

The snow guns in action yesterday!

A video posted by Snowshoe Mountain (@snowshoemtn) on

It looks fantastic up there! I bet you could already get some turns in on the main runs by Ballhooter. And yup, the Shaver’s Centre cam confirms that thinking.

shavers-centre-11-4-14Man, it looks awesome up there.  They are already looking good for opening in a few weeks.

Winter Outlook

For you all that don’t follow Brad Panovich on Twitter, he released his annual winter outlook last night.  I was passed out by the 11 o’clock news, but he did share a photo from it on his Facebook feed.  Check it out.

Now, while he focused mainly on the Charlotte region you can see the other areas of the region on his map. It looks like he is predicting above average snow & ice for the North Carolina and Virginia resorts and he’s thinking West Virginia is going to be well above average. Woooo! This is pretty much in line with most other winter forecasts I’ve seen including Weatherbell and Ray’s Weather. All signs are pointing to a great winter for us!

In the short term, the next few days don’t look particularly great.  It’s going to be mild and there might even be some underdeveloped snow mixed in.  Today looks like a spring skiing kind of day.  The good news is that there is also some snow in the forecast for Cat and Sugar on Friday. It won’t be anything like this past weekend, but snow is snow! It also looks like they should be able to get in a little bit of snowmaking this weekend as well. I won’t lie, I thought both would have to close sometime this week but I think they might be able to eek things out to Friday when cold returns.

Announcements, announcements.  Mike went through yesterday and posted a bunch of things on the announcements page, so be sure to check it out and read about some of the happenings at the resorts.  There’s some info about opening day dates and lodging/liftie specials,

That’s it for today, enjoy your Tuesday.

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]