MIXED BAG of WEATHER THIS WEEK – App Ski Mtn to host BIG AIR!!

Monday, Monday, Monday. Another day, another start to the work week. All I have to say is that this week is looking to be a MIXED UP bag of weather. So far I’ve seen the following weather words in the forecast for the week ahead: rain (underdeveloped snow), freezing underdeveloped snow, blustery, cloudy, sunny, snow showers. If that doesn’t say enough to confuse you, I don’t know what will. This past weekend was b-e-a-u-tiful. It was sunny and warm and wonderful. It was a little springtime teaser. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE SNOW, but it was nice to see the sun for more than an afternoon, and it was even nicer not wearing a coat. I was quite comfortable in a t-shirt and my capilene pullover! I hope all of you enjoyed the weekend as well!

So, as I mentioned the weather is going to be all over the place this week, and in just two days we’ll find out how much winter we have left. Mike said this morning that the ground hog WILL see it’s shadow, as he has already paid off the little guy’s handlers. February 2nd is the big day, and I know you’ll all be on pins and needles just waiting to hear what happens.

ONE THING I will point out is that of all the ski areas in the southeast and mid-atlantic that we cover on SkiNC and on SkiSoutheast only 1 area has any new snow to report. WISP in Maryland is MAKING snow, and that’s it. Mild-ish weather has invaded and NO ski area has any new natural snow.

Let’s have a look around and I’ll cover weather by ski area as well so you can see what’s happening across NC…

APPALACHIAN – 33°- Open today on 100% of the mountain. BIG even this weekend – The Shred for the Cup BIG AIR goes off on Saturday, February 5th. This event is the first event in ATP’s Shred for the Cup Series. A variety of jumps and takeoffs will be constructed by ATP’s one of a kind crew. SPY Optics will be on hand giving out swag. Registration is from 4-6pm in the Snowcloud Room on the 3rd level of the lodge. Even if you’re not competing, this is an awesome event for spectators as well!! ICE SKATING is open, too!

SHRED FOR THE CUP is the premier event series in the region and this year marks its 5th season. This competition series is open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Tons of prizes are up for grabs as are points for series winners.

Weather: Today: A chance of drizzle, then a chance of rain or drizzle after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight: A chance of rain before 4am, then a chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A chance of freezing rain before noon, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 45. South wind between 3 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 43. South wind between 8 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. 

BEECH MOUNTAIN – 39°- Open today on 100% of the Mountain! Beech is gearing up to host an pretty cool event this weekend…Sunday marks the second installment of the Edge of the World BoarderCross Series – The series is open to skiers and boarders of all ages and is $15 to register. The race kicks off at 1:00pm. 

SUGAR MOUNTAIN – 38°- Open on 100% of the mountain! Ice skating and tubing are open, too!

Weather: Today: A chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Southeast wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of rain before 4am, then a chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 31. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A chance of freezing rain before 8am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind between 3 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 42. South wind between 9 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

CATALOOCHEE – 40°- Open today for DAY skiing and riding only on 100% of the mountain! Later this week, February 3rd and 4th, are Law Enforcement Appreciation Days at Cataloochee – Law Enforcement personnel and their families receive a special reduced rates with valid id.

Weather: Today: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 53. South wind between 3 and 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain, mainly after 2pm. High near 53. South wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 43. South wind between 14 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 

WOLF RIDGE RESORT – 33°- Open today on 15 of 23 trails with 2 lifts. The UPPER LODGE is closed today and will re-open on Friday at 4:30pm. TUBING is also open today!!

Weather: Today: A chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 49. South wind between 5 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 35. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 44. South wind between 13 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Conditions out there are AWESOME, thanks to the efforts of mountain crews and snowmaking ops all season long, so don’t let a little underdeveloped snow get you down!! Get out there and enjoy some of the season’s great skiing and riding!!

For more info on other southeast and mid-Atlantic ski areas be sure to check out www.skisoutheast.com. Also take a second or two and visit our sister websites www.highcountryweather.com and www.highcountrywebcams.com!!  

I’d love to hear from you! Questions? Comments? Photos? You can contact me directly at [email protected]!

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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.