The fog is upon us this morning . . . for some, literally, for others figuratively. Most groggy students are back in school, or groggy adults . . . back to work. For those lucky few that venture out to the slopes, it won’t be too different than the last couple of days.

This is really the time to highlight how more northern locales can generally ‘age’ a little better. Snowshoe, Wisp, and the Canaan Valley are holding pretty steady. In fact, Snowshoe was able to make (a little) snow last night. The fog is basically an equalizer and the more northern climates hold up a touch better.

That being said, there is good skiing/riding south of WV/MD when you take into account the traditional light lift lines, post new years day.

Three resorts open in WV . . . Timberline temporarily closed until weather allows. 

  • Canaan Valley: “Come out and #RideTheMeadows!  The ski slopes will be open until 4:30pm today.” Looks like there is a ‘slight chance’ of snow in the Canaan Valley late tonight into tomorrow morning. In addition, the temps get back into the snowmaking range Thursday night.
  • Snowshoe Mountain: The only resort last night to make (a little) snow! . . . “Temperatures dipped down just low enough last night for our snowmakers to do a little patching here and there.” Looks like they MIGHT have a chance tonight and tomorrow night as well.
  • Winterplace: Good news . . . adds 2 slopes and 1 lift back to the docket! Bad news . . . Snow Tubing Operations “has been suspended and will reopen as soon as possible weather permitting.”
  • Timberline: Base shrinks a bit over the last day or so (from 10-60″ to 6-30″)

 

Big Day at Ballhooter

Most Virginia resorts still alive and bright

  • Bryce: Open until 8:30pm tonight. Not much noticeable change . . . 7 runs and 3 lifts.
  • Massanutten: Open until 9pm tonight on 5 runs. Snow Tubing is Sold Out Today. “College Special today, $40 slope use and $20 equipment rental with valid ID.”
  • Wintergreen: Open until 8PM tonight. Base shrinks just a bit to 24+”. Highlands STILL open, during the day.
  • Omni: not reporting this morning. But lifts look stopped on resortcams.com . . . *Edit 10:17am: “Closed January 2nd and will reopen when snowmaking conditions return”.

Cataloochee, Beech, and App Open . . . Wolf temporarily closed until weather allows, Sapphire begins new schedule. 

  • Cataloochee: Open until 10pm on 10 runs and 5 lifts. “Today is also Family Day at Cataloochee and a child 17 and under will receive a free lift ticket when accompanied by a parent purchasing a full price adult day, twilight or night ticket.”
  • Beech Mountain: from yesterday, trimmed out 2 runs (from 9 to 7). “Tubing is closed, we will resume snowmaking as temperatures allow”
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: Trims down to 9 slopes (cut out the Appal Top Terrain Park). 5 lifts still running.
  • Wolf Ridge: “anxiously awaiting the return of winter”
  • Sapphire Valley: Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the remainder of Winter 2019.

Other than a fantastic New Years Eve, not much change at Wisp

Wisp: The northern location of Wisp really helps keep things consistent. Today, they are open until 9pm on 13 runs and 5 lifts.

Ober remains open despite warm weather

  • Ober Gatlinburg: Beginning today, tickets are back down to $36 for Full Day, $29 for Twilight, and $20 for Night. The update yesterday still holds true today . . .

    Lower Castle & Ski School will be open from 9a-10pm today.  Due to the climbing temps, we had to close our Red Lift yesterday and it will be temporarily closed until we can resume snowmaking operations.  The Ski School Slope will be serviced by the Mighty Carpet and Lower Castle will be accessible to walk up traffic only.   Although this is not ideal, we are still able to teach lessons to beginners and allow others to try the OGFT Terrain Park features located on Castle Run!

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.