A Powder Day is the Best Way to Start the Week

It was dumping at Snowshoe Mountain yesterday.

Well, this week is certainly off to a much better start than last week.  Seven days ago, things were looking bleak.  Fast forward to this morning and it’s a winter wonderland at ski areas across the region as every single resort has seen at least a little bit of natural snow in the past 24 hours.  It’s even going to be a legit powder day for a few resorts.  Woohoo!

Let me first say that I want to punch myself in the face this morning.  I had been planning on taking today off work and going riding at Snowshoe or Beech Mountain.  At the last minute on Friday I decided not to as I wanted to get some work done today and I didn’t know if they would get enough snow to warrant using my day.  Yeah, I was wrong.  Looks like last night’s system over performed and both places are looking at powder days today as Snowshoe is reporting 11″ in the past 24 hours and Beech is reporting 8″.  I woke up this morning and saw the image below on the Boathouse Cam at Snowshoe and almost cried myself back to sleep.

Pillows.

The only solace I take in all of this is that I was at Beech yesterday and it was snowing all day long.  Conditions were fantastic and MUCH better than I was expecting.  I knew it was going to be a good day today, and it was hard to leave, but I definitely wasn’t expecting 8″.  Today should be fantastic up there.  Below are some photos and a video I snapped.  You can click on each to enlarge.

As I mentioned, every ski area in the region has seen some snow in the last 24 hours as well.  Here are those 24 hour totals.

Resort24 Hour Snowfall
App Ski Mtn3″
Beech Mountain8″
Cataloochee Ski Area4″
Sapphire Valley0.5″
Sugar Mountain6″
Wolf Ridge6″
Canaan Valley7.5″
Snowshoe Mountain11″ (!)
Timberline7.5″
Winterplace5″
Bryce Resort2″
Massanutten1″
Omni Homestead At least a trace
Wintergreen Resort1″
Ober Gatlinburg5″
Wisp Resort4″

A couple notables about those numbers…

  1. Ober Gatlinburg and Cataloochee saw 5 and 4 inches respectively.  They sometimes get shafted when it comes to natural snow so it is great to see them getting in on the action.  Those two resorts have done a completely 180 since Thursday after having to temporarily cease ski and snowboard operations and are looking in much, much better condition now.
  2. It sure has been a good past week up in West Virginia.  Canaan, Snowshoe, and Timberline have all seen their fair share of natural snow in the past 7 days.  Snowshoe has seen right at 2 feet now and Canaan and Timberline have seen over 20 inches themselves.  That 11″ number from Snowshoe might be the biggest single day total we’ve seen all season.  Today is going to be FANTASTIC up there and I can’t wait to see some photos and videos that get posted later.

So, after a couple of weeks of mild and wet weather, it sure was nice to see how this weekend panned out.  It snowed everywhere and it was also cold enough to lay down a ton of manmade snow.  It actually felt like January!  Let’s hope this is a trend that continues into January.

As I always like to do, here are some social media posts from the ski areas over the weekend that show how good it was.

It's going to be a great day on top of our world! 7 slopes from Rock Island Run down, 18-32" base. Don't forget if you…

Posted by Cataloochee Ski Area on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ridiculously awesome conditions abound today and every day for the foreseeable future! The forecast is calling for fresh…

Posted by Snowshoe Mountain on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Canaan Valley was a winter wonderland all weekend! Today was fantastic with moderate snowfall throughout the day….

Posted by Canaan Valley Resort on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Yesterday was a beautiful day! Hoping the temperatures will drop again soon so our snowmakers can work their magic!Thanks to Richard Leming for sharing this awesome photo!

Posted by Ober Gatlinburg on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Today is going to remain cold and it’s going to continue to snow in some areas.  The webcams up in northern West Virginia right now show heavy snow still falling and a few inches is in the forecast for them.  Everyone else is looking at continued cold temperatures today and we should see snowmaking continue for many.  A lot of resorts have had the guns going around the clock since Thursday.  Once it warms up tomorrow we’ll have had 100+ hours of snowmaking for many resorts.  Oh yeah!  It is simply amazing how quickly ski areas here in the Southeast go from awful conditions to mid-season esque ones in such a short time period.

I’ll talk more about that warmup (it’s brief, don’t worry) and the weather for the rest of the week tomorrow.  It looks pretty decent in all honesty and the weekend even has some wintry weather in the forecast.  As I said, we’ll talk about that in the coming days.  Let’s just enjoy this latest snow for now!

Before I go, make sure to read Joe Stevens’ latest column!  We literally just posted it.

PULLING THE TRIGGER AT THE RIGHT TIME – by Joe Stevens

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Enjoy the snow everyone!

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, ResortCams.com. In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]