Less surface…less terrain –

This morning’s slope conditions report went much quicker than usual for this time of year. I wish that was a sign that resorts had their information to us quicker (some did) but that’s not why it went quicker. The reason was that there was one less resort to report on.

As we mentioned last night, Hawksnest has temporarily closed due to the mild weather. They will certainly reopen as soon as weather permits. Other resorts remain open today, but with less slopes. Ski Beech closed two, and Sugar closed three. Base depths continue to drop except at Appalachian which is still reporting an AVERAGE maximum depth of 51". On On-Snow Reporters are saying that’s definately off, but whatever it IS, they DO have the BEST snow in North Carolina at this time.

We are getting a lot of emails about this weekend, as to "where the best conditions are in NC" and we’d have to say that right now, from all of the reports that we have received, Appalachian, Cataloochee and Wolf Laurel (in that order) have the most consistent snow (across the slopes they have open)in the state. Sugar seems to be holding okay. Beech is hanging in there.

With the forecast still holding for more mild temperatures and even some rain, we’ll have to see who closes up next.

The Weather Forecast – Here’s the latest forecast for the High Country area for the next seven days.

Thurs – Hi 56 Lo 35 Windy late
Fri – Hi 47 Lo 42 Rain Late
Sat – Hi 53 Lo 37 Variably Cloudy
Sun – Hi 58 Lo 37 Partly Cloudy
Mon – Hi 61 Lo 40 Partly Cloudy
Tues – Hi 61 Lo 42 Partly Cloudy
Wed – Hi 61 Lo 42 Partly Cloudy

Cold may be coming in around the 16th-18th…stay tuned.

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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.