Kick-start your Holiday weekend EARLY

Kenny Hess sent in this awesome shot from Massanutten Resort this morning!

Ok, so I have a confession to make . . . I am not a meterologist, but Brad Panovich is! I might have been a little too amped/overzealous about yesterday’s forecasted snowfall amounts. I guess, sometimes, we all get it a little wrong. Hey, even a broken clock though is right twice a day!

Here’s what really happened . . .

WV saw 1-2″ yesterday . . . light snowfall amounts today. 

  • Canaan: 1.4″ of new natural snow . . . up to 31 trails open (from 26 yesterday) on a Packed Powder Base
    • If you are there this weekend . . . “Our tube park and ice skating rink are also operating back on a normal schedule, with extended weekend hours.”
    • XC Ski report . . . “Our cross country skiing center is open with full trail access and golf course skiing.”
    • Less than 1″ of new natural snow in the forecast today.
  • Snowshoe: “We received 2″ of fresh flakes in the past 24 hours so the skiing and riding conditions are sure to be enjoyable with some powder and groomed powder on every trail.”
    • LIGHT snow is in the forecast today . . . less than half an inch
    • Cubb Run (beginner trail) @ Silvercreek is closed today.
  • Timberline: 1.4″ of new natural snow . . . open until 9pm tonight.
    • Less than 1″ of new natural snow in the forecast today.
  • Winterplace: 1″ of new natural snow . . . open until 10pm tonight.
    • NON-Holiday rates today
  • Oglebay: 2″ of new natural snow . . . open 4-9pm today.
    • 10″ Machine Made Groomed base

Wisp adds more terrain day-by-day

  • Wisp: no new natural snow . . . but, new trails
    • Mind-boggling numbers . . . “The snowmaking team has pumped 121 million gallons of water since the beginning of the season.  Crews have worked for 4,697 hours, systems have run 640 hours.  To say we have put our time into snowmaking this season is an understatement.”
    • Those new trails . . . “By Saturday we are anticipating having every main trail open aside from Sliders, Loggers, and Oden’s Den.  We will continue to work on those throughout the weekend.  The snow is awesome!”

VA saw on average 1-2″ yesterday . . . 

  • Massanutten: “We picked up 2″-3″ snow last night and the skiing and riding will be soft and buttery today.”
    • For today . . . Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 40s. College Days Special today, $40 Slope-Use with valid ID.
    • This weekend . . . “The snowmaking team will turn its attention to Paradice over the weekend.”
  • Wintergreen: “The MLK holiday weekend has started with a little snowfall bonus overnight!”
    • 18 runs open (up from 17 yesterday) . . . “Fantastic slope conditions await you on the mountain today including one more open trail – Upper Diamond.”
  • Omni Homestead: 26″ Groomed / Packed Powder base
    • This weekend . . . “Tubing opens tomorrow! We’ll also have night skiing on Sat., Jan. 19 from 6-9pm.”
  • Bryce: Government shutdown deal

Ober saw 1″ of new natural snow . . . 

  • Ober: 

    Good morning!  Today Mogul, Upper Bear, Cub Way, Castle Run and Ski School will open at 9am with a 29”-40” base. Temps stayed tight at the freezing mark last night, so we were unable to make snow with our traditional snowmaking system.  Today’s looks like a great day!  Remember we have entered the MLK Holiday weekend, so (holiday hours & rates).  The terrain park is completely refreshed with a few different rails and a nice jump!

Beech saw 2″ last night . . . trace at others

  • Beech: 11 runs open (up from 10 yesterday)
    • NON-Holiday rates today
    • Packed Powder / Groomed Conditions
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 100% open!
  • Wolf: .1″ new natural snow . . . Holiday rates until 4:30pm
  • Sapphire Valley: Opens today @ noon
    • Lets take a look . . .
Fresh tracks begin at Noon
  • Cataloochee: Open 8:30am – 10pm (Holiday rates in effect)

    All clear on Upper O

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.