Making Snow, Adding Base and Opening New Trails!

I’m traveling this morning, making my way up to hang out with Bill Rock, Craig Low, Laura Parquette and my friends at Snowshoe Mountain for a little Holiday skiing and fun! If any of you are at The Shoe, feel free to email me and we’ll make a few turns and do some Kodak moments and shoot some video.

With my early departure this morning I’ll just be posting a short update and the snow report and hit the road.

It’s going to be a beautiful Sunday with sunny skies for the most part today and temps that have allowed almost all of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic’s ski resorts to make snow overnight.  We’ve seen that most resorts added anywhere from 1-6" of new base and that means sweet conditions for your Sunday turns at your favorite mountain.  More base and more snowmaking equates to even more slopes and trail openings in the days ahead!

Some PRIMO cold temps and even some snow is in the forecast around the region so snowmaking should be happening a lot over the next several days to add to what is already some great conditions out there.  Look for ski areas to dedicate snowmaking to unopen terrain to get the remaining trails open for us!

As I said, I’m hitting the road so here are just a few notes that I felt needed to be mentioned:

Wolf Ridge closed up a lot of slopes that had been open due to the natural snowfall. They are now open with 8 trails as of the late Saturday update. We’ll get you some news from there asap.

Bryce may have 7 of 8 trails open today…maybe 8. Call ahead,

Canaan Valley’s David Vance wrote, "28 Trails open, 10 man made/groomed and 18 trails Natural snow coverage with thin cover in spots. So enjoy what mother nature has provided us."

Snowshoe’s Laura Parquette always gives me a lot to update you guys with.  Here’s the latest, "It’s a few days after Christmas, but Mother Nature is bringing Snowshoe its gift tonight in the form of some new snow. Up to 5 inches is expected by Monday night, which will be a great compliment to our already amazing conditions. With the milder temperatures the last few days, the snow had softened a bit, but colder temperatures overnight last night have it firmed up and our grooming team has done a great job. Everything was groomed overnight, and with temperatures below freezing expected throughout the day we will be snowmaking on some closed terrain—including Upper Shay’s Revenge and Upper Ballhooter. Today is going to be a great day, with sunshine expected until late afternoon, when the snow clouds will move in. The snow isn’t expected to start falling until the early morning hours, so all of our friends traveling to the mountain today should have clear, dry roads. The next week or so looks extremely favorable, with cold overnight temperatures, some natural snow and sun in the forecast. That will be perfect weather for enjoying almost 200 acres of skiable terrain. Snowshoe does plan to open additional terrain in the very near future, with a goal of being 100% open by early January. But even with our few unopened slopes, Snowshoe is still offering by FAR the most open terrain in the region. And this weeks forecast means that if you haven’t already made plans, you need to get in your car and get up here, because the skiing and riding as we head into 2010 is going to be GREAT! "

That’s it for today! See you later from West Virginia…

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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.