Overnight Freezing Temperatures Return for Tonight and Friday night!

That will firm things up for great Spring skiing and Snowboarding for Friday through Sunday.

Good grief it has been gorgeous lately with all of these sunny skies and mild temps into the upper 70s. We’ve been talking "record highs" a lot lately and Boone & Blowing Rock set a record high temp for the second day in a row on Wednesday when they topped out at 80°. The previous record high was 79° set back in 1942.

We’ll have a brief stint of some cloudy skies, showers and maybe even a thunder shower or two this evening and tonight as highs rise to a more moderate 62° or so today. Those twenty degrees will seem cooler than usual since we’ve seen several 80° days in a row lately. The low tonight should dip to 35° or so in Boone and Blowing Rock. Friday and the weekend look VERY sunny but cooler with some good chances that we’ll see upper 20s on Friday night and close to that again Saturday night.

Once we get through these next couple of days it looks like we’re in for another stretch of 7-10 days of mid-to-upper 60s and sunny skies. So it looks like Appalachian and Cataloochee are timing their closings perfectly as both call it quits for the 2009-2010 season after riding on Sunday.

Appalachian dropped another trail from the open terrain and now offer all except Hard Core, Thin Slice and Appaltop (terrain park) for your enjoyment. That means that Upper Big Appal is the only black terrain open now. App is reporting a base of 14-36" on 8 of 11 trails.

Cataloochee will reopen Saturday and close after day sessions on Sunday.


Here’s the schedule:

Appalachian’s classic end of the winter celebration is taking place later than ever before, on Saturday, April 10 & Sunday, April 11, 2010. A full weekend of crazy events you won’t see any other time of the year, with lots of snow, sun, and skin.

All events are free with your ski ticket. Take your best shot at tons of prize categories. Thanks to all the event sponsors who made these games possible: Skullcandy, Atomic, Red Bull, Burton, Forum, Smith Optics, Salomon, Spyder, 686, Rip Curl, Nordica, Volcom, Electric, Roxy, Dragon, Mental, Dakine, Line, 686, Rossignol, Spy, Bern, Screamer, Wigwam, Seirus, Kombi, POW, and Chaos.

Here’s the latest schedule of activities and fun:

09-10 Winter Meltdown Games Schedule:

Saturday, April 10
-10:30am –The Impossible Box Contest
-11:30am -Cardboard Box Derby
-4:00pm – Trash Bag Downhill Race

Sunday, April 11
-10:30am – High Ollie Contest
-1:00pm – Ski and Snowboard Big Air
-4:00pm – Chinese Downhill

09-10 Meltdown Games Prize Categories:

The Impossible Box Contest:
-12 and Under Best Grind (Snowboard)
-12 and Under Best Grind (Ski)
-13 and Over Best Grind (Ski)
-13 and Over Best Grind (Snowboard)

Cardboard Box Derby:
-Most Original Box Design
-Fastest Box

Big Air:
-Intermediate Ski 1st
-Intermediate Ski 2nd
-Intermediate Ski 3rd
-Intermediate Snowboard 1st
-Intermediate Snowboard 2nd
-Intermediate Snowboard 3rd
-Advanced Ski 1st
-Advanced Ski 2nd
-Advanced Ski 3rd
-Advanced Snowboard 1st
-Advanced Snowboard 2nd
-Advanced Snowboard 3rd
-Womens Ski 1st
-Womens Ski 2nd
-Womens Ski 3rd
-Womens Snowboard 1st
-Womens Snowboard 2nd
-Womens Snowboard 3rd

Trash Bag Downhill:
-12 and Under Fastest Finish
-13 and Over Fastest Finish

High Ollie:
-12 and Under 1st
-12 and Under 2nd
-12 and Under 3rd
-13 and Over 1st
-13 and Over 2nd
-13 and Over 3rd

Chinese Downhill
-12 and Under Fastest Finish
-13 and Over Fastest Finish

We’re on day 133 and there are 4 more days of opportunities to enjoy the snow for the 2009-2010 ski and snowboarding season!

Go enjoy the snow! Check out the Snow Report at http://www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php  and please send us your favorite ski photos, ski videos, trip reports and comments to
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