We’re putting our "happy face" back on and here is the good news. Winter is literally one day away. After one more day (today) of mild temps, we can FINALLY look forward to seeing Old Man Winter’s face again! Check out this breakdown of weather for the mountains of North Carolina:

Thursday – Hi 59 Lo 35 – RAIN, up to one inch
Friday – Hi 42 Lo 17 – Partly Cloudy
Saturday – Hi 38 Lo 18 – Partly Cloudy
Sunday – Hi 35 Lo 19 – Partly Cloudy
Monday – Hi 33 Lo 13 – Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – Hi 37 Lo 20 – Partly Cloudy
Wednesday – Hi 40 Lo 20 – Partly Cloudy

So our assessment that we alluded to early this week (see archived articles) looks to be coming to fruition. If you had plans to ski this weekend, get your gear and your rear up here because the resorts will be offering ever-improving conditions as each day passes. The snowguns WILL crank up at some point on Friday and there is a fair chance that they will STAY on around the clock at some locations…and at worst will run the majority of the time. So pack your goggles, and bring plenty of layers because it will be cold.

Getting past today – As we alluded to earlier, there is less terrain to play on if you are going to brave the weather today. It will be nasty out with rain and we even have some high wind warnings. Up to one inch of rain is forecasted for tonight. When was the last time you looked at a ski report and saw that Ski Beech and Sugar Mountain had FOUR slopes open between them? When was the last time you saw that Wolf Laurel had as many slopes open as Beech and Sugar put together? Man!

Thankfully those ski anomalies may FINALLY be ending. Let’s hope and pray so! Cold air is on the way tomorrow and hopefully this will all be a bad memory in a couple of weeks.

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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.