Good Conditions for today – Cold and Sunny!

The morning after a good time at The SkiNC Summit 2006 and ski conditions should be simply marvelous for those that are planning on making it TWO DAYS of Summit fun as several are taking the Summit fun to Cataloochee today.  Most ski areas made snow last night and that and the frigid temps that hit last night allowed for snowmaking and that will make for awesome surface conditions for today. After a Saturday in long sleeved tees or SkiNC hoodies, Sunday will seem arctic-like as highs today will struggle to reach 30° in some places around the Western North Carolina Mountains .  Resorts may opt to make snow all day and tonight as there will be perfect snowmaking ops through that period and then we are in for some mild days ahead with no snowmaking temperatures until late next weekend as it appears right now.

I had a GREAT time skiing with you guys yesterday and thanks again for all of the very nice comments you guys made.  You guys and gals were b-o-m-m-b-e-r-r-r-r!

Here’s some notes around the area for Sunday.  We haven’t taken a detailed tour in a few days so let’s do it:

APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN – They made snow and conditions should be sweet. We got a few emails after our base depth notes the other day and several of you guys agreed with us that App has kept it more real than in previous years regarding particularly the maximum base depths. You guys ARE paying attention! App is reporting a base of 24-60 on all nine trails and looking quite great for Sunday. This time last season App was reporting more than 100” of max, with less snowmaking ops.

A few of you also emailed me about the fact that Appalachian’s front page of their website has been announcing “Ski Season Only Days Away” all year and we wrote about that on OPENING DAY. We have notified App of that three times this season and have left messages as well, but Brad has been busy as usual running a great on-site operation there but he has never really put a lot into their website. They’ll figure out this internet thing one of these days! Hats off to Mr. Stanley, Jim Cottrell and App’s support crew for having probably the best overall ran resort in the Southeast year in and year out though. They’ll probably catch that mistake in time to post, “The END of Ski Season is only Days Away!”

CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA – They made snow and should be in GREAT shape for the Cat Crew and second day SKINC Summit attendees.  Cataloochee will only be open for DAY SKIING only today. Cataloochee has 100% of the mountain open and the weather should be perfect for today. Cat has a Spring Fling scheduled for next weekend (Sunday) and we will write more about that tomorrow.

HAWKSNEST SKI RESORT – The Hawk crew made snow last night and as of this report are still blasting the slopes with manmade powder!  Hawksnest will be in primo shape today on 11 slopes and trails including TOP GUN and they also have their popular tubing hill running! They also want you guys to know about the Extreme Ski & Snowboard Competition on Saturday, March 4th. Skier & Boardercross and Slopestyle events are scheduled.  More about that tomorrow!

SKI BEECH – Beech made snow and they are open today with all but the Oz Run available.  Conditions were really good yesterday, particularly on White Lightning.  With the quick freeze and snowmaking last night expect even better condition today.  Beech has been playing peek-a-boo with The Oz Run and it was closed all week, open yesterday although the SSAA website said it was closed and now they have it closed again today. They had plenty of snow on it so it must be a lift or manpower issue. While Oz is a gentle glide trail, it serves to disperse crowds well and hold lift lines to a minimal.

WOLF LAUREL – Wolf made snow last night and they appear to have them off already so expect really nice conditions on all 12 trails.

SAPPHIRE VALLEY – hasn’t updated much this season and haven’t since Friday when they said “weather permitting” they would be.  We tried to get up with RJ Grady but were not able to so we called the rec department and Anna says that they ARE open today.  They are closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then PLAN to be open – again weather permitting – next weekend.  One look at the forecast ahead and there’s a chance that they won’t be open next weekend so if you’re going to ski at Sapphire this season you MIGHT want to do it today!  Sapphire Valley closed on this day last season and did not reopen until December.

The weather should be great for today and conditions even better than yesterday no matter where you go. It should be a good two or three days of skiing and then look for more Spring Skiing Conditions as temps mild-up Tuesday through Friday.

Until Next Time!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and 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.