On-Snow Reports and more!

Remember a few days ago when a lot of forecasters were telling us that Thursday night and Friday might bring snowmaking temps? Remember that we told you that it wasn’t looking that way to us? Remember? Now WHO was correct? Hmmm?

Well we were…but we weren’t. The only resort in North Carolina to make snow last night was Sugar and we’re not sure how they did it. There are no more snowmaking temps until Thursday.

Right now, there is good news for the Martin Luther King Weekend! Hold onto those reservations people!

The temperatures are looking like around Thursday of next week we’ll get some COLD weather. Snowguns will be firing around the Southeast and with the new technology and 100% slope coverage, we could see resorts making enough snow Thursday and Friday night of next week to give us some trails to play on!

Bear in mind, that we’re still getting good reports from Wolf Laurel, and some good snow still remains at Appalachian Ski Mountain and with Sugar making some snow last night, they should be improved a bit.

Snowmaking is the key! Sugar Mountain made some snow last night and that is the key to next weekend’s enjoyment. NONE of the resorts will be making snow again until next Thursday. With temps expected in the 20s for awhile after that, conditions will improve quickly. BEFORE THAT, expect more slope closures…and maybe another resort or to temporarily cease operating until they CAN fire up the guns.

Natural Snow in the Forecast? We also are looking at a chance for some real snow towards the end of next week so that will certainly help! FOR NOW…slope closures will be the norm. While Sugar was the only resort in the state to make snow, even so…they closed three more trails today. They are operating with 9 trails. Check out the slope conditions report for all of the details.

On-Snow Reports from Thursday –

Austin Beeghly was at Cataloochee – "Just came off the mountain and boy was it raining. It did get mighty icy and the bare spots are getting worse. As the rain pelted me and my goggles had to much water on them, I decided to call it and see what the PM brings. But have no fear I spoke with management today and they informed me that they are ready to groom and move some snow around and make things look better."

Adam Henderson was at Wolf Laurel last night – "The conditions at Wolf Laurel again tonight were spring like. The snow is still in pretty good shape. The main slope Broadway still seems to have a lot of deep soft snow. The Howling from the top also has lots of snow and a couple of stock piles of snow that could be spread out if needed. The snow on Timber Wolf also is in very good shape. The slope is starting to narrow in places on Timber Wolf, but is still in very good shape. It looks like there should be snow to ski on at Wolf Laurel this weekend."

Donnie Eddie skied at Sugar – "I was at Sugar on Thursday and have to say that it was depressing. There IS still some good snow in limited areas, but there are a lot of bare spots, thin coverage and downright mud. Okay, I know we don’t ski on the muddy areas…but USUALLY there’s no mud where there is right now. The bottom of the mountain is certainly better than the top. They will have some decent snow for this weekend, but not sure if they will be open the middle of next week. That is just my opinion…nothing official…but I’ve skied here before when they closed right after conditions like this."

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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.