North Carolina Ski Resorts in VERY NICE Shape This Weekend!

Saturday should be a very nice day of skiing and riding. It’s 7:30am while I am typing this report and Appalachian already looked ready to be conquered today. 

Hawksnest is open til midnight tonight and tubing is open as well (til 9pm). They are hosting the Nest Games this weekend. Slopestyle events on Saturday, Boarder & Skiercross on Sunday. Registration is from 9-10am. Race starts at 11am. The entry fee is $20. Discounted lift tickets are available for $30. Awards ceremony will follow at 4:30pm in the Nest Lounge. Lots of fun & prizes.

Some have emailed us about the bare spots off the trails on the right side of Hawksnest. That is not considered part of the main trail. There’s plenty of side to side coverage and conditions should be nice for today. We were looking at the base right near the lift house at the base and there must be close to four feet there so don’t be fooled by the bare spots that are really not on the trail.

Cataloochee Resort is hosting the HotMonoski Demo Day – Thierry Tailhardat and company with HotMonoski are committed to bringing the new sliding sensation, monoskiing to the southeast and he will be here on Sunday, March 4 from 10am-4:30pm with a variety of Duret monoski products to demo. Check out this hot new snowsport at

Also, don’t forget this Sunday, March 4 is the biggest and best season pass sale of this year and next. Pass prices will be the lowest of the year from March 4 through March 31 and if you are a new pass holder, you can ski for the rest of this year and next on this pass! Pass pricing will go up on April 1. Also our one day blowout $99 Midweek Season Pass sale will be on this Sunday for one day only from 8:30am – 4:30pm. This special pass price is limited to the first 500 sold. You can purchase here at the area or call in between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm on that Sunday only. And when they’re gone, they’re GONE!

Ski Beech is at least hinting that they will be open through at least St. Paddy’s Day. They wrote, “The slopes are in good shape as we head into March. After rain on Thursday, the first of March, we are looking forward to snowmaking weather to keep things going strong. This time of the year is the favorite of many folks to enjoy the slopes, and there are some who look forward to wearing green as they hit the slopes on St. Patrick’s Day. Come on out and join us for some spring skiing on the Beech.”

They were making snow as of this report this morning and from the looks of things they are already finished with grooming as this main slopes in view of the camera look p-r-i-m-o this morning! Snowmaking will continue as long as temps allow.

Sugar Mountain made snow last night. Conditions look very nice this morning. Don’t forget that Sugar is hosting the Dick Trundy Giant Slalom competition today. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in memory of Sugar Mountain’s former Director of Operations, Richard T Trundy. $15 entry fee benefits American Cancer Society.


Snow is in the forecast for the NC Mountains! Highs on Saturday should be around the mid 40s and then turn colder late with up to an inch or so of snow into Sunday. Lows tonight will allow for more snowmaking for the resorts that choose to do so. Lows should be around 21. Highs Sunday with Snow will be near freezing and lows near 20.


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.