appalachian ski mountain plans to open

You have to know that it is a GOOD THING when you can’t get an awesome photo at many of the ski areas this morning (via their webcams) … because of the snowmaking efforts!

Something close to a BLIZZARD is happening at MANY of the ski mountains this morning and that has everyone excited – both BECAUSE of the snow-covered slopes and because that means that more ski areas will be opening VERY SOON.

Since Thankgiving is this Thursday, we’ve thought that we answered the many emails that we’re getting about WHICH resorts might be open for Thursday. Let’s FIRST report that TWO ski areas ARE open today (Sugar and Cataloochee) and Appalachian Ski Mountain plans to open tomorrow.

We COULD see Beech Mountain Resort open as well.

That’s IT for those that ARE open or that we KNOW of that will be open for the next few days. To further complicate things, the forecast is looking like the “mild up” that was talked about last week IS going to happen. There IS snowmaking happening this morning at the West Virginia and North Carolina ski areas and there has been a good bit of snowmaking at most ski areas over the last 48 hours but that MIGHT be all of the snowmaking that we’ll see this week with an outside shot at some snowmaking Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

That SHOULD keep Cataloochee, Sugar and Appalachian open AND make for Turkey Day skiing and snowboarding at THOSE resorts. Snowshoe will be open Thanksgiving Day for everything EXCEPT skiing and snowboarding – but that’s probably the only ski areas to ski or ride THIS week.

As the forecast below reflects – there may some light rain Friday through the weekend. So, stay tuned and we’ll update you as we get further into this week ahead.

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skiers forecast for NC ski resorts for Thanksgiving


Cataloochee Ski Area – IS BACK OPEN for DAY skiing and snowboarding on 4 trails serviced by 2 lifts. They are skiing from midstation down on 4 slopes with 2 aerial lifts operating on a base of 10-20” and a machine worked surface. Snowmaking will continue as temperatures allow throughout the day and they are also making snow at Tube World, 4 miles from the ski area in Maggie Valley.

Sugar Mountain Resort – 15.6° and they are OPEN with 4 trails and their new Summit Express Lift. Does anyone else wish that they’d replace that webcam at the base?

appalachian ski mountain plans to openAppalachian Ski Mountain – is closely monitoring the weather and is planning to open for the 2015-16 Season ON TUESDAY. Remember – the first 100 guests to the ticket cashier on our opening day will ski or ride FREE! They are showing 24° and they are creating a BLIZZARD of snowmaking this morning.  Watch the Appalachian WebCam

Beech Mountain Resort – 12° at making tons of snow in anticipation that they will open ANY DAY now.

Wolf Ridge Resort – Snowmaking has begun! The crew is hard at work gearing up for the 2015/2016 ski season. With a little luck, the weather will hold and we may be looking at an opening day by the end of the week. Think Snow!


Canaan Valley Resort – 17° and MAKING SNOW! They plan to open December 18th.

Snowshoe Mountain – 19° and MAKING WHALES of SNOW! Check it out at: Snowshoe Live SkiCam

Snowshoe will open for skiing and snowboarding SOON. They posted this message:

“While our Opening Day for skiing and riding has been delayed due to the weather, colder temperatures are on the way and the forecasts are still calling for a fantastic, snow-filled winter. The resort will open on November 25th with dining, shopping, offroad RZR tours, a Thanksgiving celebration and plenty of great family activities.”

Timberline Resort – 19° and is making snow to open December 11th.

Winterplace Resort – 29° – They HAVE made snow and unfortunately this morning it is slightly too warm to continue. Their current anticipated opening date is December 12, 2015.


Bryce Resort – 32° and they HAVE made snow but not this morning.

Massanutten Resort – 30° andf making snow although they’ve been limited to making snow on the upper portion of their mountain. They plan to open early to mid-December.

Omni Homestead – NO REPORT.

Wintergreen Resort – they HAVE made some snow but it has been very limited as yet. They plan to open December 12th.

Sapphire Valley Resort – nothing happening just yet.

Enjoy your day and THINK SNOW! THINK COLD!

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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.