More Resorts go to 100% Open Today! Conditions are AWESOME!!!

Merry Christmas Eve – EVE – Everyone!

More terrain open and more resorts operating at 100%!!!  Just in time for what should be one of the best Christmas to New Year periods in several years.

Meteorologist Brad Panovich was talking a little "downer" in his forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with some rain and freezing rain mix across the region, but you guys need to be visiting with family on Christmas Day anyway!  If you’re going to dodge the rain on Christmas Day and hit the slopes there will be plenty of snow cover still on the ground so we WILL have a WHITE CHRISTMAS! (We’re still seeing more than a foot of natural snow pretty much everywhere in the region as of today with piles of snow and perfect scenery abounds. A little rain on Christmas Day will not take that away.

Then COLD arctic air is coming back in Christmas night and over the weekend with highs in the 20s and lows in the teens and 20s with tons more snowmaking and snow showers in the forecast. So Holiday week is looking VERY, VERY nice.

We heard from some of our crew that the skiing was AWESOME last night at Ski Beech. Lisa Herring of our staff said that whoever did the grooming between sessions on Tuesday did an awesome job and they enjoyed it a ton.

We’re certain the same can be said across any skier area you choose to ride today.

That’s it for now. We’re heading out for a little Christmas office gathering in Banner Elk…so here’s the tour:

Appalachian Ski Mountain is 100% open today! That’s all three terrain parks, ice skating and amazing conditions for your day and night on the slopes! Conditions just don’t get much better in December than they are today at App!

Beech Mountain Resort is holding with 9 of 15 trails open for today but we suspect that more will open any day now. Ice skating is open as well. Robbins Run was getting some rave reviews on Tuesday and we were seeing some AMAZING views from the camera up on White Lightning from Tuesday.

Cataloochee Ski Area is 100% open today with the Cat Cage Terrain Park and Tubing open with a base of 44" plus of manmade and packed powder for day and night sessions. Tube World is open as well! 

Hawksnest Tubing & Zip Lining is looking pretty this morning as Lenny and crew were out grooming the lanes this AM.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area is OPEN – contrary to several reporting services. We spoke with RJ over there this morning and they have both slopes open and the Frozen Falls Tubing Park. Skiing is from 9am to 9pm and Tubing is from 10am to 8pm.

Sugar Mountain is holding with 16 of 20 slopes open for day and night sessions today. They also have their very sweet ice rink open and tubing is now open as well. Conditions are AWESOME at Sugar right now!

Wolf Ridge Resort is still reporting 18 of 20 trails open and they have their fun-filled tubing park open as well. Several reports have come to us that are describing a lot of Wolf’s open terrain as open with the natural snow that fell this past weekend. They are also making snow to build base and open for day and night sessions.

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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.