Merry Christmas Everyone…and Happy Birthday Jesus!
At 8am this morning, as I am updating a bit later than normal, it is raining. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Take the opportunity to spend this important time with your family, rest up on this chill Sunday and enjoy the rest of the week. Into every life, a little rain must fall. We DO have a White Christmas…sort of. We still have lots of snow in my yard from last week’s snowfall and white IS white! This light-to-moderate rain is forecasted to change over to snow later in the day today, so a portion of Christmas Day should be snowy falling from the sky as well. Merry Christmas to everyone.
I hope everyone got all that they wanted for Christmas!
Today, to expedite the reports, I am combining the SkiNC and SkiSoutheast data. Here’s some notes from around the region:
Appalachian Ski Mountain is CLOSED for skiing today, contrary to what some other sources are reporting. They are open for three two-hour sessions of ice skating today.
Cataloochee is open today from 1pm until 10pm for skiing and from 2pm-10pm for tubing. Even though Cataloochee doesn’t have the Cat Cage Terrain Park open, they DO have a terrain park operating with some exciting rails, the box and other snow hits.
Hawksnest Ski Resort is open today from 12:30pm to 10pm for skiing/boarding. Snow tubing will be open 1pm to 9pm. The Hawksnest staff wishes you and your family a great holiday season. The 20 foot C-box and 20 foot Rainbow box will be added to their Terrain Park soon.
Sapphire Valley – Call ahead as they have not updated a report in four days.
Ski Beech will open at NOON Christmas day until 10pm. Expect the rain to changeover to SNOW early this afternoon up top at Beech’s 5100′ elevations!
Sugar Mountain will open it’s ticket windows at 11:30am this morning and run afternoon sessions and night skiing tonight. They also have their terrain park and tubing going.
Wolf Laurel will also be open Christmas Day from 1-10 p.m. with 12 trails and tubing operating.
Massanutten Resort will be open Christmas Day 12:30pm-8pm, and for Tubing 1pm-7pm. Mass has 13 trails operating and ten tubing lanes.
Wintergreen Resort will be open today from 9am until 10pm skiing and riding on all 24 trails. Snowmaking will continue this coming week on all open trails as temps permit in an effort to provide the best surface possible and continue to increase our base amounts. The Plunge and Slide will be open today operating with special hours, please call ahead for these session times.
In West Virginia:
Canaan Valley MAY be open for night skiing now although they are not reporting that. We know that they USUALLY ARE open for night skiing once the Holiday and FULL season kicks in on the weekends. Call ahead to make sure. Canaan Valley opened several more trails since yesterday and they now offer 33 trails for all skier levels!
Snowshoe is reporting 56 trails open on their report, but show all 57 open on the trail map, so we’re guessing 100% and 57 slopes open. The halfpipe is now open; making Snowshoe Mountain 100% open with all trails and activities available. Widowmaker, Knot Bumper, Choker, Ball Hooter and Shays are the only trails that were not groomed overnight.
Timberline opened more terrain and now has 33 of 37 trails going with a 28-78" base and nice conditions. Twister is open and they tell us that Lower Thunder Draft is possibly opening on 12/26/05. Don’t forget that Winterfest Activities Begin tomorrow …a most exciting time on the mountain.
Winterplace Resort is in great shape with 25 of 27 trails operating and The TERRAIN PARK IS OPEN!!! A great time of year to Learn To Ski or Snowboard!! Where Winter Is Fun For Everyone!
Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee is open from NOON to 7pm.
Wisp Resort in Maryland is in great shape for Holiday skiing with 35 trails and a deep base of manmade and natural snow.
Cloudmont is closed Christmas Day!
Here’s hoping we get some some tonight and Monday. May God Bless you and yours with safe travel and wonderful skiing!
Until Next Time!
Be sure to check out www.SkiSoutheast.com for more news and stories for all of the Southeast’s ski areas.
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