Do a Few More Reps on the Exercise Bike as THE REAL SKI SEASON NEARS!

Let’s get to what IS open today first and then update you guys on what to expect weather-wise and when. First, Cataloochee is skiing and riding on three slopes, Intermediate Lower Omigosh, serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift, and Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill serviced by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift on a base of 8-32" on Easy Way and Rabbit Hill and a machine worked surface. Please note that Lower Omigosh has enough snow to ski on right now but there are thin spots, encroaching edges and some bare spots. We will continue to ski on it as long as conditions will allow.

On Thursday Cataloochee offers two sessions of skiing only, twilight skiing from 1pm – 10:00pm and night skiing from 6pm until 10pm with an afternoon half day rate also available. Weekday and student rates will be in effect.

Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia reports, “No grooming took place overnight, however our mountain ops team worked to smooth spots and keep the snow as nice possible for skiers and riders. Conditions vary with mostly wet granular, but get ready as the cold temps and snow look to be here soon! Be aware of thinning areas on the slopes. The Skidder and Grabhammer Lifts will be running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The terrain garden on Whistlepunk is open with 1 box and 1 rail!”

The Weather Outside IS Frightful – When’s it Going to be DELIGHTFUL?

La cuestión hecha del número uno de ayer era… Oops… I slipped into Spanish mode because the weather question was posed most often yesterday by numerous Spanish speaking friends, mainly from the great state of Florida. Deje tan esto ser una recepción oficial a todos nuestros amigos de habla hispana a SkiNC y a SkiSoutheast.com

Loosely translated, the first reference is that “the number one most asked question of yesterday was…” and the last bit of Spanish stated, “So let this be an official welcome to all of our Spanish speaking friends to SkiNC and SkiSoutheast.com.”

Okay, okay – so I’m stalling a little bit. Here’s the latest on the weather. We’ll post the basic summary here and you can check out the details on the weather column (middle column on the front page of both SkiNC and SkiSoutheast.com).

The Southeastearn Ski Areas comprises an area that covers basically 17 ski areas. SkiNC and SkiSoutheast covers (19) snow sports areas, since we include Scaly Mountain’s tubing hill and little Cloudmont in Alabama. So that’s a diverse area to cover with one large summary of weather for the region.

O-K-A-Y, you caught me again. YES I am stalling a little, because the bad news is we’re still a going to have to suffer through another day or so of gloomy, wet, snow killing days before we’ll see things really turn around.

Here’s the summary (be sure to check out the details):

Most of Virginia, Tennessee and Western North Carolina will have to wait until at LEAST Saturday night to begin making snow again. There IS an outside chance at snowmaking temps for late Friday night. Temps should fall drastically throughout the day on Friday as the high temp on Friday will be around the mid 50s and then nose dive to around freezing late in the day. If the conditions are right, look for some resorts to fire up Friday night. The good news thereafter is that Saturday through Wednesday, December 6th looks pretty good for snowmaking. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be around the clock snowmaking temps.

The ski resorts a bit further north, such as Timberline, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and WISP could experience a slightly different forecast and here’s the summary. (Again check the details in the middle Weather Column).

Look for periods of rain early on Friday and then maybe some thunder showers throughout the day. Things will be VERY windy atop Snowshoe’s 4848’ as they are looking at 42-45mph winds with gusts to 70 mph! There’s a 90% chance of rain on Friday. Highs will be around 51° dropping to 20° overnight. Look for the snowguns to ramp up full bore at all of these ski areas…wind or no wind. Saturday offers a slight 20% chance of snow but more importantly AROUND THE CLOCK snowmaking temps with highs in 30-32° range and lows around 25°. Sunday should be a great day to ski with partly cloudy skies and highs near 35° and lows Sunday night around 19° with a chance of snow showers. Monday will be snowy and cold with highs near 23°! Look for lows around 19°. Tuesday should be sunny and a high near 32° and a low of about 20°.

Enfríese tan hacia fuera, temple para arriba a esos esquís y tableros; ¡haga algunos más reps en la rueda de ardilla y la bici inmóvil y consiga listo, porque la estación VERDADERA del esquí está comenzando la primera de la semana próxima!

For you English speaking people…that said something like – “So chill out, tune up those skis and boards; do a few more reps on the treadmill and stationary bike and get ready, because the REAL ski season is beginning the first of next week!”

Note to my mom and dad: Nope I haven’t lost it. Yes, I DO think that our Spanish speaking amigos SHOULD learn our language if they’re going to live and work here. Yes, I’m still the same guy you raised.

Just having a little fun!

That’s IT for today snow fans.

Until Next Time…

THINK COLD – THINK SNOW!

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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 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.