OPENING DAY FOR 2011 and 2012 SKI AND SNOWBOARDING SEASON

After +/- 48 hours of snowmaking, both Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley and Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in Banner Elk, North Carolina OPEN TODAY to kick off the season.

Here’s the official statements:

Cataloochee:

On Saturday, we will be operating on 4 slopes and two lifts with a base of 12-30 inches and a machine groomed surface – Intermediate Lower Omigosh, serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift, Beginners Rabbit Hill and Beginners Easy Way serviced by the NEW Easy Way Triple Chairlift and Beginners Luck Learning Area. Although we are making snow to the top of the quad on ¾ of the mountain, snowmaking tonight will determine if we are able to open any additional slopes on Saturday.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, NORTH CAROLINA – Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in North Carolina opens tomorrow; Saturday, November 12, 2011 for skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Snowmaking began Thursday, November 10th and continues. A manmade powder surface covers the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The Summit #1 Lift will be in operation to the 3/4’s station. Weekend lift/slope ticket prices will be $25 for a full-day session and $20 for a half-day session.

WE’RE THINKING TWO DAYS OF FUN…

The conditions will be pretty sweet for today at both resorts, however temps are forecasted to reach to near 60° in the mountains of North Carolina for today and a notch or so milder through next week. There’s even some rain in the forecast into next week and no cold air in sight until late next Friday.

So thanks to Cat and Sugar, we should at least see some turns being made and then things will go back on hold until cold air arrives in earnest. It is always a crap shoot as to whether or not the weather cooperates prior to Thanksgiving – the traditional opening weekend for the ski season around the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.

The forecast isn’t looking favorable for that to happen right now, but that could change so check back daily and we’ll give you the latest.

The forecast for the entire WINTER IS looking pretty darn great so tune up that equipment (if you didn’t already for a turn or two today) and get ready for a great ride for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboarding season in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.

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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.