North Carolina Ski Areas are ALL gearing up to be OPEN before this Weekend!

We were looking around yesterday and it was amazing how many national and regional websites had incorrect information regarding our ski resorts. One had Sugar open with only 2 trails. One had Ski Beech re-opening and since they haven’t opened yet, it would be hard to re-open. One had Appalachian open with two slopes and they’ve been closed for more than a week. I know it’s early in the season…but come on!

You can count on SkiNC and SkiSoutheast to provide you with the most up-to-date conditions and openings every day (sometimes more than once a day when warranted).

Now you can also count SkiNC, SkiSoutheast and HighCountryWeather as the only source in the region offering a meteorologist to provide insightful, accurate and meaningful weather information and forecasts. Meteorologist Marcus Lynch has agreed to post content for the High Country via SkiNC and and he’s also providing informative content via! We’ve always gotten a lot of meteorological input from many of the region’s weather professionals and that is so cool to have. We want to thank Marcus for be willing to do that on a regular basis for us this season.

Marcus grew up in Yadkinville, North Carolina, and started working in radio during his junior year of college. He moved to television his senior year, as an intern and production assistant for WXII-TV in Winston-Salem. Marcus graduated from Appalachian State University in 1990 and completed his degree in Meteorology at North Carolina State in 1993. His first fulltime weather job was with WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois, followed by several years at WJHL-TV in the Tri-Cities. He joined the staff of WCYB in the fall of 2003.

Thanks again to Marcus and the powers that be at WCYB NBC 5 out of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City for allowing Marcus’ input this season.

Now on to some Resort updates…

Appalachian Ski Mountain will be re-opening for the season on Wednesday, December 6th! That is great news for all App fans.

Cataloochee is open today from 1pm-10pm.

Our weather station up at Hawksnest is showing 17.5° this morning as of 8am. Lenny Cottom reports, “Snowmaking is in full force and will continue as long as weather permits. Given the current weather forecast, we will be open this Friday, December 8th. Our weekend schedule will be Friday 12:30 pm to midnight, Saturday 9 am – midnight, Sunday 9am – 4:30 pm. Snowtubing will also be open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.”

Gil Adams up at Ski Beech passed on THIS great news! – “We would like to announce that the 2006-2007 ski season will begin this Thursday. We are going to be open from the top of our mountain for both day and night skiing. Conditions and slopes open will be reported on Thursday morning. Our snowmaking over the past few days has been productive, and we have been anxiously waiting for opening day to arrive. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes. Again, opening day is this Thursday, December the 7th.”

Sugar Mountain is open from the top of their 1200’ vert for day and night skiing. Both the Yellow and the Brown Lifts will be operating today servicing North Ridge, Switchback, Upper Flying Mile, Lower Flying Mile and Easy Street. Sugar is reporting an AMAZING jump in base in just two days. Monday morning they reported a 2” increase in base depths from Sunday and then this Tuesday morning they are reporting a 4-20” INCREASE!?!? They went from a 6-16” base on four trails on Monday AM, to a base of 10-36” on five trails today. One or the other is probably in error…but regardless, Sugar is looking quite nice this morning!

Wolf Ridge is now reporting that they will “likely” open this weekend. There’s no commitment quite yet as to whether that is Friday or Saturday but we’ll get you that information as soon as we know it.

WebCams are looking pretty white lately!

All of the webcams are looking pretty sweet lately. We want to thank Steve Underwood up on Beech Mountain for getting Comtech in Boone to run a new weather sensitive outdoor rated cable to the Parkway Cam up there. We’ve had so many issues with that cam since it’s installation last season. The weather is so harsh up there and we’ve had sporadic connectivity until now. The Beech Mountain Parkway cam is putting out some great images now. Now all we need is some deep snows to show you!

Keep checking out!

We’re still adding content to SkiNC, but a lot of it is being directed to to keep us from having to be repetitive with information. We added a new, detailed resort locator map and also a map to all of the region’s road conditions resources. Be sure to check that out. We have much more being added daily and hopefully by this weekend when all of the resorts are cranking up…we’ll have everything in place!

Until Next Time…


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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.