GREAT conditions in the Southeast for Friday and Saturday!

I’d like to take a moment and thank all of you who have emailed us of late about our new, in-depth weather data posted both here and on www.SkiSoutheast.com.  We are working to add more weather content shortly and pretty soon we will have an amazing partnership with all of the ski areas.  All of them don’t even know that just yet…but they will!

Where else can you get the skier’s forecast providing you with what to expect weather-wise, whether you’re heading to Cataloochee, Snowshoe, Wisp or anywhere in between?  We post the weather for the NC Mountains under the HighCountryWeather banner on the front page of SkiNorthCarolina.com each and every morning and if you skip over to www.SkiSoutheast.com you can see what to expect for the rest of the ski areas of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic!

We have some very exciting plans to bring you the weather right from every single ski area in the Southeast before long and we’ve already put that plan in motion.  As soon as work out the kinks we’ll be implementing those plans across the region.  Stay tuned.

All of the ski areas have made snow like crazy and they will as long as temps allow.

Here’s a walk around the Southeast this morning:

We’ll begin where the big snows fell.  That, of course, is Snowshoe Mountain.  Always the HOG when it comes to grabbing snow, Snowshoe has received a total of 15" of snow fell from the recent storm – that brings their season to date snowfall total up to 95."  Around the clock snowmaking also took place most of the week.  Looks like it is going to be a great weekend of skiing and riding at Snowshoe Mountain!

Wisp is in great shape with 8” of snow in the last couple of days.  They’ve also made tons of snow and conditions at Wisp are near perfect.  Wisp has LOTS of events going on this weekend.  Check this out!

January 28 – 29, 2006
Wisp Winter Weekend

This weekend is going to be off the hook!

January 28:
NextSnow Search 2006

We’re looking for the best extreme skiers and snowboarders ages 9 – 13. The winner of each competition competes in the NextSnow Search Finals at Killington Resort in Vermont. Last competition in the two-part series featuring Slopestyle (11 am), Half Pipe (1 pm), Mogul / Big Air Events (2 pm). Registration beginsr in the Lodge at 8 am. $15 fee.

Wisp Freestyle Festival
Go Big or Go Home! The 2nd annual competition featuring the Asylum Rail Jam and Slopestyle & Half Pipe elements. 10am

Asylum Rail Jam
The 3rd jam in a 5-part series. Hit it, Jib it, Jump it, Grind it! $15 entry fee, 3pm start time. Click here to learn about the leading snowboard soft & hard good provider in the DC area.

Red Bull Mobile Energy Team
The team will be here in full force pumping up our competitions with free samples, while supplies last. Grab one fast, they’re sure to go quick!

Wisp Collegiate Snowboard Championships & Rail Jam
It’s the first Wisp Collegiate Snowboard Championships featuring the showing of the Community Project Video in the Half Pipe at 7 pm and the Collegiate Rail Jam at 8 pm.

Oakley Community Project Video
Video shown in the halfpipe at 7pm.

Stage Wisp Concert
After a day on the slopes, relax and enjoy the sounds of Stage Wisp! Our free Saturday evening concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Lodge. Tonight features the alternative music of Army of Me. Click here for a full line-up & artist bios.

Bear Claw Snow Tubing Party
Open session tubing from 6 to 10 PM, food, DJ Jonny Rock, games and bonfire for only $30 per person. Season Pass and Wisp Card holders receive a 10% discount. Reservations recommended call 301.387.4911.

January 29:
Collegiate Snowboard Event
Come One, Come All! 10 College Snowboard Teams compete in the 10am Boarder X on Whip Saw Terrain Trail, 1:45pm Slopestyle Event in Ford Built Tough Terrain Park, 2:30pm Halfpipe Event in Savage Half Pipe. $25 per person fee for all three events; single event fees available.

Red Bull Sledneck Shows
Get ready for a great show as these professional snowmobilers ‘huck’ themselves off man-made kickers. The SCS Racing crew, who just performed the 1st freestyle snowmobile demo ever in Russia’s Red Square, is holding a Freestyle Snowmobile Demo at 1 pm and 4 pm. Don’t miss their only show in the Mid Atlantic! Stick around for a post-show autograph session. Visit www.scsracing.com for a taste of what’s to come…

Red Bull Mobile Energy Team
The team will be here in full force pumping up our competitions with free samples, while supplies last. Grab one fast, they’re sure to go quick!

Timberline hasn’t posted a report in a couple of days, but they did received several inches of snow and conditions are sweet this morning.

Winterplace got in on the act with 5” of snow and conditions at the Ghent, WV resort are very nice today!

The Virginia resorts are kind of quiet when it comes to reporting…other than Wintergreen.  The Homestead says they made 6-8” of snow in the last couple of days, but they haven’t budged their base depth in weeks.

Speaking of the best ski resort in the state of Virginia, Wintergreen Resort has made tons of snow and is skiing and riding on 20-40 inches of packed, manmade conditions with 21 trails – the most in Virginia.

Ober Gatlinburg has made snow like crazy over the last couple of days and they are in mucho, better shape than just three days ago.  Expect groomed conditions at Ober.

The guns are already off at Appalachian Ski Mountain this morning, but they put down a nice coat of new snow last night and the groomers have made it all nice and pretty for you guys to tear up today!

Cataloochee jumped their base up several inches in the last two days with tons of snowmaking.  It looks like they’ve turned the guns off now and The Cat is looking pretty nice this morning.

Hawksnest is looking very nice this morning after making snow yesterday and in the last 24 hours.  They have turned the guns off already this morning.  Today should be sweet.  Don’t forget to be at Hawksnest on Sunday at 10am for their NEST GAMES.  Click here for more information or visit www.SkiHawk.com

We have an all point bulletin out for a ski area called Sapphire Valley.  Anyone heard of them before?  We have no clue what’s happening down their but so far this winter I think we are correct to say that Sapphire has only updated the ski report to ANY reporting service may four times.  We’ve seen NO report for eight days after being assured that they were going to begin getting us more photos, reports etc.  If you’re looking at ANY reporting service for their forecast do  not trust it – call them direct to see what’s open, etc.

Back to the real ski areas – Ski Beech is still making snow this morning and vow to continue as long as temps allow.  They’ve added a couple of inches to their base in the last two days.  They should be offering some VERY NICE conditions to play on today.  With all of this sunshine…don’t forget your sunscreen.  Beech is skiing on 13 of 15 trails today.

Sugar Mountain is also still making snow as of this report and they also have four lanes of their tubing area open today.  Sugar has 16 trails open and is in beautiful shape this morning.  One look at the webcam will have you ready to jump in your car!

Wolf Laurel looks AMAZING on the base webcam this morning!  Tons of snowmaking ongoing and it looks like Old Man Winter draped his cloak on the mountain today!  We can tell you that The Wolf should be in great shape today, although they have not posted a snow report for two days.

Get out an enjoy some great conditions today and Saturday.  We do have some rain moving in on Sunday and then maybe some snow on Monday night and Tuesday.  Mild again mid-week.  February is almost here…hopefully Winter will come back and STICK AROUND for a couple of months!

Until Next Time!

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