Merry Christmas Eve, Now GO SKI!

Appalalachian – It’s 24° and App is BLASTING a cloud of snowmaking this morning and made snow overnight. They have 5 trails open today and this evening for what should be some great conditions.

<App this morning.

Cataloochee – It was 21° this morning. Cat made snow all night last night and will as long as temps allow. They are open for day skiing only today with 7 trails and the tubing hill.

Hawksnest – They show 23°. They are making snow this morning and have 3 trails open and their tubing hill. Justin Grimes writes, "Did you know that Santa Claus is a skier? He was seen sledding and skiing all over the Hawksnest slopes yesterday. He promised to visit us all tomorrow night." 


Ski Beech – Reported 20° this morning and they made snow all night and will as long as temps allow. Ski Beech will be open for DAY SKIING ONLY today til 4:30pm with 4 trails and they have a nice tradition that they do each Christmas Eve and if you are up there, check it out. Gil Adams writes, "There will be a Christmas Eve service at 4:30 beside our outdoor ice rink in the Beech tree Village. Merry Christmas!"

Beech will reopen on Christmas Day at Noon…so be aware that they will not be open Christmas morning.

Beech will still have a few thin coverage areas today, but the snowmaking that is going on now, combined with some grooming will make for nice ski conditions.

Sugar Mountain – The low was 16° up there this morning and they have been making snow from the moment the temps allowed. Our old buddy Patrick Kidda was riding up there yesterday and said that there was a lot of bare areas particularly at unloading areas. Expect a few thin coverage areas there today, but as with Beech, the snowmaking and snow grooming will remedy that. Expect good conditions at Sugar today with the most open terrain in the region today and for night skiing tonight as well. 8 trails today.

Wolf Ridge made snow last night and still is as of this report. They will have 5 trails open today and they are reporting some thin coverage…but again, that will go away with snowmaking and grooming later today.

<Wolf Laurel / Wolf Ridge

Sapphire Valley – We have no report available from Sapphire.

COLD WEEK AHEAD…then what?

Meteorologist Matthew East of carolina News 14 sent us his latest skier’s forecast for the week ahead and it takes us into the weekend as well. You can check that video by clicking here > Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Resort Forecast < however in summary it looks like a great Monday through Thursday of skiing with the resorts able to make snow each night.

Thursday could bring a little "under developed snow" into the forecast and as things look right now we may see some rain on Friday and Saturday…and into Sunday. So ski often and long for the week and do your partying and shopping later in the week.

THINK COLD, pack your gear and get your rear – UP HERE – and Enjoy your day…

Until Next time…

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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.