We have a lot going on today so I’m going to ramble a little and simply rapid-fire some notes of interest from around the region. We’re trying to make contact with every resort in the region today and we’ll fill you in with any news from those conversations on Tuesday.
THANKSGIVING WEEK WEATHER
Matthew East of News 14 Carolina shares this update on what to expect this week – in the way of weather.
This holiday week starts off in rather quiet fashion with mild temperatures moving into the eastern U.S. Many spots will see 50s for highs Monday with some 60s in spots by Tuesday.
In terms of precip, Monday is dry. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the chance for a few showers in the Virginias and Maryland while the North Carolina mountains remain dry.
A very sharp cold front will swing through the region Thanksgiving. An area or low pressure will ride along that front as it moves through the region, and the strength and location of that low will have significant implications on our weather.
As it stands now, I expect showers and thunderstorms to rumble through Thanksgiving Day. Temperatures will them plummet behind that cold front, and some snow showers will be possible Thursday night and Friday. The rest of the holiday weekend looks chilly.
So, while the weather for the first few days of the week is not great for the ski industry, the good news is that we will turn much chillier Friday into the rest of the holiday weekend, and that will help in the effort to get more ski resorts open.
News 14 Carolina
SUGAR MOUNTAIN IS OPEN, CAT CLOSED MONDAY (Re-opens Tuesday) and THERE WAS SOME SKIING IN WV LAST WEEK.
Joe Stevens, spokesperson for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, wrote, "Just thought you would like to know that the first Nordic tracks of the season in West Virginia occurred this past Friday in Tucker County. There was five inches of natural snow in the Potomac Highlands late last week allowing cross-country skiers and snowshoers to enjoy some of the trails at the White Grass Touring Center. The first alpine tracks of the season (in WV) will occur this Wednesday, November 21 at Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County."
Speaking of Joe, I was getting ready to add a ‘tagline’ for Joe’s comments and it made me shake my head once or twice. It’s hard to put a ‘signature’ to who and what he does. In addition to being the official spokesperson for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, he is also:
Director of Communications
Development guru of The Media Center in Charleston, West Virginia
Columnist for SkiSoutheast.com
One savvy marketing professional that represents a ton of ski related clients
A great dad
…and a good friend.
THERE’S SOME SKIING GOING ON RIGHT NOW
Sugar Mountain is the lone ski resort operating today. They report, "We will be open from the top of the mountain today. The Yellow Lift is in operation servicing North Ridge, Switchback, Upper and Lower Flying Mile. Please note that there are some thin areas of coverage at the top of the mountain."
Cataloochee is closed today, but plans on being open on Tuesday. Tammy Brown wrote, "We will NOT operate on Monday but will resume skiing on Tuesday, November 20 from 1pm until 10pm. On Wednesday, November 21, we will ski from 1pm until 10pm. We will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and will open for holiday skiing on Friday and Saturday from 8:30am until 10pm and on Sunday from 8:30 am until 4:30pm. Holiday rates will be in effect from November 23 through November 25. And please note that midweek season passes will not be valid from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25."
SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN’S OPENING DAY IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st
Snowshoe Mountain received 6" of snow this past Friday and the resort opens on November 21. Expected Opening Day Slopes to be Heisler Way, Whistlepunk, Gandy Dancer, Crosscut, Spruce Glades Expected opening day lifts should be Skidder, Powdermonkey and Grabhammer.
Cold temps are expected to return Friday and we’ll keep you updated as to resort openings and more.
See you on the slopes!
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