Quite the Contrast From Earlier This Week

I have some good news and some bad news to talk about this morning.  Let’s start with the bits of good news.  We had a resort make snow last night!  On March 19th, which is really late to do so.  Snowshoe apparently turned on the guns last night and layed down some manmade snow.  It was a frigid day up there yesterday, especially by March standards, so it’s kind of a surprise but it kind of isn’t.  We usually don’t see any ski area in the region make snow this late in the season, except maybe App, but the Shoe is open for several more weeks and they want to ensure a quality product.  Kudos to them.

The other bit of good news is that there is a teeny bit of snow in the forecast for today, tonight, and very early tomorrow…for some resorts.  It actually snowed a bit overnight at Beech.  Not a lot, but nice to see nonetheless.

It might be raining at your house, but it’s snowing @beechmtn! #stoked #springsnow #beechmtn #nc #5506

A photo posted by Beech Mountain Resort (@beechmtn) on

The bad news is that a decent amount of rain is expected over the next two days.  However, some slushy snow is in the forecast for some.  The forecast for Snowshoe is calling for 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet tonight with 1 to 2 inches of sleet tomorrow.  Sleet is better than rain though, right? For the most part though, all of the resorts will see mostly rain today and tomorrow.  Snow might mix in at times but it’s mainly going to be all liquid.  Even worse, it’s going to be a cold rain.  Blegh.  That’s quite a difference from earlier this week when it was in the 50’s and 60’s and sunny.

Getting back to the good news…the weekend is still looking good.  Saturday looks fantastic and Sunday looks pretty good as well.  Don’t let this rain deter you as the weekend is going to offer some great spring skiing conditions.  In a couple weeks when the season is over you’ll be kicking yourself for not getting out as much as possible.  I’m definitely going to be out and about at Appalachian Ski Mountain and taking advantage of the late season fun.

I talked yesterday about the Homegrown Music Festival that is happening at Snowshoe this weekend.  I figured I’d highlight another event that is going down this weekend.  It’s the annual Slide & Splash Bash Weekend at Wintergreen.

Slide & Splash Bash Weekend

It’s the end of another great snowsports season at Wintergreen. We’ll expand the terrain park to include all of Dobie. Plus who doesn’t want to miss the pond skimming! The Park Party is on Saturday and Sunday, and Pond Skimming on Saturday with a rain date of Sunday, so plan to stay for the weekend.  Costumes are required to enter the Pond Skimming.

Saturday, March 21

9 am-5 pmSkiing and Riding
10 amTerrain Park Party
Terrain Park party requires valid lift ticket and participants must be of appropriate skill level to enter the park (expert ability level only). Helmet is recommended for all participants.
10-11:30 amPond Skimming Registraion
Snowsports Desk. Valid lift ticket required, but no extra event fee required. Costume required.  Rain date is Sunday.
12-2 pmPond Skimming
This is it! Come to the Learning Area to watch all the fun!
2:30 pmPond Skimming Awards
Learning Area

Sunday, March 22

9 am-5 pmSkiing and Riding
10 amTerrain Park Party
Terrain Park party requires valid lift ticket and participants must be of appropriate skill level to enter the park (expert ability level only). Helmet is recommended for all participants.

Pond Skimming

Wondering what Pond Skimming is?  See the video from last year’s event!

Wintergreen is still undecided about being open past this weekend, so this could be your last chance to get out there this year.  Once again, I did not make it up there this season and that bums me out as I’ve heard nothing but good things about that place.  I guess there’s always next year!

So before I go, I had one other random tidbit I figured I’d share.  It has nothing to do with the Southeast, but it does involve snow so it’s relevant I’d say.  It snowed in Hawaii this week on Mauna Kea and people went snowboarding.  Think I’m lying?  Check this out.

@jdnorman does maybe the first ever backside rodeo in #MaunaKea #Hawaii. VIDEO: @leizer43

A video posted by TransWorld SNOWboarding (@twsnow) on

Like I said, it’s kind of random but pretty cool to see. What a crazy winter it’s been. There’s been a blizzard in Hawaii, record breaking snowfall in New England, and more snow in parts of West Virginia than in Tahoe or the Pacific Northwest.

Enjoy your Friday Eve!

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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]