Great Early Season Conditions Continue as Light Snow Falls on Some Resorts this Morning and Snowmaking Continues!

Don’t forget that today, Sunday, is the 7th Annual Can – U – Ski Food and Coat Drive at Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina. In conjunction with Haywood Christian Ministries, Cataloochee Ski Area seeks to help with this year’s increased need for food and warm winter coats for special families throughout their region. They ask all Cataloochee skiers and snowboarders to bring at least 10 cans of food or a winter jacket of any size that is in good condition to the ski area on Sunday and you will receive your lift ticket for FREE for the day! Skiing on Sunday will be from 8:30am – until 4:30pm and rentals and lessons are not included.

Cataloochee has 9 trails open for Sunday with Groomed conditions for day skiing only.

Ski Beech is reporting no new snow (there were reports of flurries) and 13° this morning. They will operate for day and night skiing sessions for Sunday, then go to day skiing only from Monday through Thursday of this week and then back on night skiing for next weekend. They are making snow today and look for more terrain to open soon! Ice skating is open today. The SSAA is reporting that Beech is not open for night skiing tonight but they are…so go enjoy!

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort is at 11° this morning atop their highest peak, and they will have 10 trails open for Sunday with day and night skiing sessions and their ice rink as well. They are making snow as well.

Has anyone else noticed that morning temps at Sugar are always 2° colder than those reported each morning on top of Beech Mountain? We’ve monitored it all season long and even though Beech is a few feet higher in elevation, their station shows a degree or two off every morning. We’ve been asked about this from visitors to the site. Although we have not confirmed it, it is our guess that Beech’s weather station is located down at the ADMIN office, whereas Sugar’s reports from the top of the mountain. See! No marketing conspiracies there! You guys are a hoot! We must have received 20 emails in the last couple of weeks from some of you thinking that Sugar’s marketing department was reporting the temps lower on purpose. Sheesh!

Wolf Ridge looks to have added another trail opening as they are now reporting 4 trails open for Sunday DAY SKIING ONLY. They do have their tubing hill running for Sunday as well. Looks like they will be closed for the coming week and reopen for next weekend.

Hawksnest Tubing will not be open for Sunday. They report, "Due to the very cold and windy conditions on Sunday, December 7th we will not be open. The temperature on Sunday is forecast to be a high of 19 degrees with wind gust to 40 mph. These conditions increase the chance of frost bite for our customers and staff. The snow tubing lanes will reopen on Monday, December 8th at 10am. Sorry for any problems this may have caused."

Just wondering, but isn’t there a chance for frostbite for skiers and snowboarders as well? Just wondering. It appears that Hawksnest has adopted that policy to close when it’s windy as heck, as this is the second time they have done so. Just bear that in mind if you are thinking of heading up there. If the forecast calls for cold and windy conditions they may not be open.

A lot more snow fell across the region’s other ski areas. For more ski news for ALL of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic ski resorts and to see where 8" of snow fell on saturday, click over to www.SkiSoutheast.com  

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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.