Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock is hosting their annual “Meltdown Games” this weekend and that is apropos for this morning’s update. We’ve now seen highs in the 60s and 70s for four straight days as of this morning and according to the forecasters from across the region – it looks like we’re in for at least two more days of near 70° temps today and Wednesday. That has the five remaining open ski areas in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic scrambling to product enough “product” for skiers and snowboarders.
It should be noted that conditions are still pretty decent at Appalachian, Snowshoe and Timberline Resorts. Wisp is showing some decent coverage on Main Street and Squirrel Cage but pretty spotty (understandably so) elsewhere. Cataloochee Ski Area seems to be having the toughest time “weathering” these last few days – trying to make it to Sunday, April 1st.
We’ve been displaying App’s conditions as proof that there’s still pretty good snow coverage in North Carolina. We’ve seen a small number of emails coming in within the last couple of days asking whether or not the conditions at App would “warrant” a visit this weekend for their Meltdown Games festivities. You guys have depended on us to tell it like it is, so you HAVE to TRUST us when we answer that question with a resounding “YES”.
We have placed a capture from App’s LIVE CAM from this morning to show you that although there is some discoloration, there IS plenty of snow to enjoy for this weekend’s festivities. We’ve included the scheduled fun within this story, so check out the event times and make plans to be there!
The conditions at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia are pretty, doggone nice as well. Kent Jackson of Sugar Mountain was up at Snowshoe this weekend and sent us some nice shots. We’ve included one as the Photo of the Day over on www.SkiSoutheast.com Be sure to check it out. Snowshoe is fighting the fight as well, however, because they dropped ten slopes from their open terrain since Monday. They still have 26 trails available with what they are calling Spring Conditions. Yes, there are some thin coverage areas and bare spots, but there is also PLENTY of side-to-side coverage for skiing and ridiing. (Snowshoe Image by Kent Jackson)
Timberline Resort in West Virginia has not updated us as yet today, but if they have the same terrain open today as on Monday, they will be offering the most terrain in the region with 30 trails. Check www.timberlineresort.com for the updated report later today.
Wisp at Deep Creek Resort in Maryland would be next on our best of the five left open for today. They do have 19 trails open today although they are showing a lot of thin coverage and bare spots. However, as you can see with this capture from this morning, Main Street actually looks pretty good. So they too will be providing some good side-to-side coverage on ample trails to get in some last turns of the season. (Photo of Main Street at Wisp to the right)
Cataloochee has decent, side-to-side coverage on their main hill, but they are open with only two trails for today and they are Rabbit Hill and Easy Way (both greens). Cataloochee’s Tammy Brown is another one who tells it like it is as she writes, “We will continue to operate through April 1, but due to the temperatures in the 70’s over the last several days, we are experiencing severe snow melt. We plan to operate through our planned closing date of April 1 as we have promised, but customers planning on skiing or riding at Cataloochee this weekend should call ahead for an update. We will ski through the week as we can but be aware that it will be on limited terrain through the end of the season.”
That’s it people. Go get it while you can!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SKINC’s JAKE PARRISH!
We’ll get you some photos when we can, but SkiNC sponsored Jake Parrish just returned from Colorado last night, where he finished with a 2nd place showing in the male, 15-16 division. Congrats to you Jake. I told you to relax, have fun and just let the chips fall. Great job! We’ll look forward to your photos.
AS PROMISED – HERE’S THE APP MELTDOWN GAMES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Drew Stanley wrote, “ We have one last weekend of end-of-the-season silliness! The Meltdown Games offer a whole new take on what fun can be. Cardboard Box Derbies, Terrain Park Events, our Big Air Competition, and Pond Skimming and Costume Contest are just part of the fun at Appalachian Ski Mtn.!
Saturday, March 31
-9:30am – Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle Competition
-11:00am – Cardboard Box Derby
-1:00pm – Ski & Snowboard Big Air Competition
-4:00pm – Trash Bag Downhill Race
Sunday, April 1
-9:30am – Rail Jam
-1:00pm – Pond Skim & Costume Contest
-3:00pm – Tug of War
-4:00pm – Chinese Downhill
Until Next Time…
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