MLK Weekend Has Come and Gone and It Was a Good One

Yewwww what a weekend!  If you made it onto the slopes you were treated to some great conditions.  There was a mix of sunshine and even a little bit of natural snow for the northern portion of the region.  I made it out to Beech on both Saturday and Monday and man was it fun!  Both days were bluebird and it was warm enough so that I only had to wear Under Armour and a flannel shirt.  It was awesome.  You can check out my trip report from Saturday by CLICKING HERE.

This was my first time riding on MLK or President’s Weekend in several years and I forgot just how many people flock to the mountains for this holiday weekend.  Check out the timelapse from the Beech base cam below and you can see the crowds of people over the weekend.

I put one together from Cataloochee as well.

I really need to set up a timelapse on some of the other ski cams.  I didn’t really scan the webcams too much this weekend since I was riding Saturday and Monday and watching football on Sunday (What the heck happened to the Packers?!), but I’m guessing the other resorts had some great turnouts just like Cat and Beech did in those videos.  I’m really happy for all the vacationers who hit it good this weekend.  I know the stoke was high all weekend long at Beech due to the great conditions.

Looking Ahead

Now that MLK has come and gone, it’s time to look ahead and see what Mother Nature has in store for us in the upcoming week.  Brad Panovich sent me his latest video forecast and here it is.

Looks like some cold and snow is slated for later this week and into next week.  Sweet!  Brad talks about the January thaw over the next few days, but I’m not sure I would classify it as that.  I’m looking around at the forecasts for all the resorts and while it will be milder over the next few days, highs are only going to get into 40’s before the temps drop off again.  If that is our edition of the January thaw for this year, I will take it.  There have been years past where it’s been in the 50’s for almost a week straight, so a couple days of temps in the 40’s is nothing!

Where’s The Natty Snow At?

Hopefully we see some of this natural snow that Brad is talking about in his forecast, because up to this point in the season it’s been a lean year in terms of snowfall amounts at the ski areas.  Mike went into some great detail about this the other day, and the numbers he showed were not good.  However, I’m still optimistic about snowfall during the second half of the season, and my optimism is on the rise even more so after reading the snow report from Canaan Valley this morning.

Total snowfall to date this winter is only a meager 56 inches so far, but still more than in three other winters on this date since 2001. See table 6 below.

Table 6 shows that the seasons of 2006-2007 and 2004-2005 had 44″ and 43″ inches of snow on the same date, January 20th.  Those two years saw an even slower start than this year, but then they saw a two month span of heavy snowfall.  By March 20th of the 2006-2007 season, the season total was up to 166″.  That’s 122″ in two months!  The 2004-2005 season saw a total of 143″ by March 20th.  That’s almost 100″.  While those numbers are still less than the average of 180″ for Canaan and Timberline, that’s a heck of a two month span in both years.

What I’m trying to get at is that winter isn’t over yet.  We’ve still got a long way to go.

Back to the grind now.  Talk to ya’ll tomorrow.

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]