Notes, Weather and More

What a beautiful weekend this will be at your favorite ski area. This is likely THE BEST weekend of the season to be on the slopes for a number of reasons. The sun will be shining and temperatures will be in the 40s and near 50° Saturday and Sunday. Blue skies will make for great photo ops – HINT, HINT…send me yours! The surface conditions are the best they have been all season long. There’s MORE slopes open than at anytime this season in the Southeast and on top of all of that…there’s a fair bit of natural snow laying around to keep you in the right mindset! Life is good…ski it…ride it…enjoy it!

Brad Panovich will be checking in later with the weather update so I don’t want to tread into his territory, however it looks like we’re in for a great weekend with mild days and overnight temps that will allow for snowmaking through Sunday. Monday-Wednesday looks cloudy and milder and then Thursday into next weekend it looks like we may be in for several days of light snow. We’ll let him elaborate with the technical stuff.

Ski Beech opens Southern Star – Yesterday we addressed the fact that several people have been asking about Southern Star and the OZ RUN. Southern Star is open today! That takes Ski Beech to 14 trails that are in great shape and the Oz Run can’t be far behind. They may focus snowmaking on that trail and look towards next weekend for potentially opening that popular run. With Monday through Wednesday being milder…that may put off the opening for a few more days but Oz Run may get open within a week or so.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area and Frozen Falls tube park is open for skiing, snowboarding and tubing this weekend!! Operation Hours are Friday from 5:00pm-10:00pm. They will open Saturday-Sunday from 9:00am-10:00pm

The Homestead – They are offering "Ladies Winter Adventures." Women will enjoy this special weekend focusing on winter adventures! Learn the basics of cross country and down hill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and much more. *All activities are weather-permitting with no rain checks. Please call 1-540-839-7800 for snow conditions.

Wintergreen Resort – Fresh natural snow! Open 9 am – 11 pm. Wintergreen slopes are 100% OPEN! Check out the new Highlands Express, high-speed, 6-passenger chairlift.

Snowshoe Resort – Everything is open today at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, every trail, most of the lifts, the halfpipe, all three terrain parks and lots and lots of snow. The snowmakers and groomers have the slopes in great shape for the weekend. Don’t miss out! There will be a party atmosphere happening at Snowshoe this weekend with Jose Cuervo Weekend and the Super Bowl!

Ober Gatlinburg – YEA for them! They made snow last night which is something that the badly need. Temperatures and Mother Nature has been a bit unfriendly with the Gatlinburg, Tennessee resort this season. They could use a really cold streak over there. They do have nice conditions on the (5) trails that they are running today and you’ll want to join them today for Southern Exposure 2005! Call 800-251-9202 for information and slope hours. Upper Half of Bear Run Open.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. 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.