PRIME TIME CONDITIONS at all Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas This Weekend!!

It’s Friday!! First I will remind you all that this weekend is the SkiNC Summit at Beech Mountain, and we’d love for all of you to be out there to make it. If you can’t…that’s ok…we’re planning the SkiSoutheast Summit at Snowshoe! Mark it down…March 4th, 5th, and 6th! In the next few weeks look for more details and information as we get those details hammered out with Laura Parquette and the awesome team at Snowshoe!

Since we’re on the subject, let’s talk about the 6+ inches of snow at Canaan and Timberline. Another truckload of snow got dumped out in Davis, WV overnight. 6.2 inches of snow to be exact brings the season snowfall at each of these resorts to 129.8 inches! Average snowfall at Canaan is 160 inches, and with AT LEAST 2 ½ months left this season there should be no problem reaching and likely surpassing that mark.

Canaan is 100% open with Powder and Packed Powder Conditions…

Snowshoe Mountain got an additional 3 inches of snowfall…with the ½ yesterday they have cleared the 100 inch mark! Congrats! Snowshoe is open on 59 of 60 trails, and the only one closed is Sawmill Glades. Here’s what LP has to say this morning,

Well it was worth the wait! Three inches of prefect, fluffy snow fell during the overnight hours and snow continues to fall steadily this morning. That means we’ll have some great powder conditions across the mountain. Our grooming team did hit everything but Upper Ballhooter and Choker last night, but all of our expert terrain was groomed first, meaning they should all be boasting some sweet powder conditions. There is a steady wind out there, so we could have some drifting, creating spots much deeper than 3". In addition to the natural snow, our snowmaking team also worked overnight on Cupp Run, Ballhooter, Skidder and Gandy Dancer, so there should be even more snow in some of those spots! Those 3" also bring us to an important milestone in the season; the 100" mark! Snowshoe has now seen more than 100" of natural snow, all since December 1st. The mountain averages 180" of snowfall annually, and we have lots of winter left! Conditions are absolutely fantastic right now and just seem to keep getting better as the season goes on. Robinson’s Run reopens today and all 5 of our terrain parks are open with a variety of features.

Here’s what you’ll find in Mountaineer: Barrel, Wall ride, Up to down box, 3 med jumps, 2 large jump. Up to tire tap, Flat rail…and in Spruce Glades: 2 flat rails,2 Med jump, 2 Large jumps, Snow box, Unbow, Rainbow box, Down rail…and in Powdermonkey: flat box, butter box, flat rail, flat down box, flat rail, down box, small jump.

Timberline is open on 38 of 39 trails. The are hosting a TELEMARK WORKSHOP this weekend…What is Telemark skiing some of you might ask? Also known as “free heel skiing” telemark skiing is based on the “telemark turn” which is a technique for making fast, stable turns on a variety of surfaces. This technique requires some skill and practice…get started this weekend at Timberline! Or…if you have questions, head over to the Messageboard and ask Teledave how it’s done!

Winterplace is open today on the entire mountain…and with 3 new inches of snow surface conditions range from powder to packed powder across the mountain!

WISP Resort in Maryland also got dumped on last night and yesterday! They’re reporting 6 inches which brings their season total to 112 inches! They are open all day today for day and night skiing and riding on 100% of the mountain! Wisp is home to a really cool contraption on the mountain…the Mountain Coaster…be sure to check that out when you’re in McHenry!

MEET VIRGINIA…the land of no natural snow. Virginia has had a hard time of it this year. Mother nature’s bounty has missed the Virginia ski areas all together. Where’s the love? Though the Virginia ski areas are below the 10 inch mark this season, cold temperatures have maintained and have allowed for snowmaking ops to build and maintain base. Snow returns to the forecast for the Virginia ski areas early next week, so let’s THINK SNOW in Virginia!

Massanutten, Bryce, and Wintergreen are all 100% OPEN and the Homestead is open on 8 of 10 slopes.

WINTERGREEN hosts WOUNDED WARRIORS Adaptive Ski Event this weekend! Connie Lawn will be there for the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Program and will be covering that event for us…we look forward to hearing all about that next week!

ALL of the North Carolina Ski Areas with the exception of Sapphire Valley got snow last night…our CoCoRahs weather people are reporting a TRACE to nearly an inch, with Beech topping out at .9 inches!

In North Carolina all runs are open at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Cataloochee, and Sapphire Valley. Wolf Ridge will be open on 16 of 23 slopes this morning but will open MORE terrain for the night session at 6pm!! SNOW remains in the forecast in North Carolina through next week!

OBER Gatlinburg is open today on 100% of the mountain! A TRACE of snow fell at Ober but snowmaking ops have been fired up!

It doesn’t matter where you’ll be skiing or riding this weekend…The weather is shaping up to be prime time. We’ve got a new forecast from our Snow Weather Guru Brad Panovich to share with you. The gist of the forecast? COLD WEATHER! Some ski areas will see wind chill values below zero!! Saturday night shows the chance of northwest flow snow, although no more than an inch or two with 3+ at the highest ski area elevations. Sunday night into Monday and Tuesday usher in the chance for another winter event, Brad’s forecasting several inches of snow in the NC Mountains and says the highest elevations up around Snowshoe could see an additional 6-10 inches of snow! Brad hits the nail on the head in this video, he says, “this has been one of the best packed powder seasons I’ve seen here in the southeast.” We agree, this season has been incredible, and it’s only January!! Too see Brad’s entire forecast…click here.


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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.