Seven would have been however in a strange twist Appalachian Ski Mountain suspended ops today for the entire day and night sessions due to Thunderstorms which aren’t supposed to get into the area until later today. That is probably a smart idea rather than having to vacate the slopes once any thunderstorm hits. It IS kind of unprecedented though.
Additionally Appalachian Ski Mountain plans to remain open until April 2nd. We had been under the impression that App would close on March 27th after the two-day “Meltdown Games”. However, that is not the case. The DO plan on going until Saturday, April 2nd although that IS “weather dependent”.
Here is the App Announcement:
ASM operations suspended for Monday, March 14
Due to forecasted thunderstorms, Appalachian Ski Mtn. will temporarily suspend both day and night operations for Monday, March 14.
ASM will re-open for skiing and snowboarding on a regular schedule after Monday, and will plan to ski until our scheduled closing day of Saturday, April 2.
Late season rates will be in effect this week, don’t miss out on the great spring skiing and snowboarding!
Wisp Resort Suspends Ops as well
They too have decided to suspend ski and ride operations Monday thru Friday, March 14 – 18. A decision on further ski and ride operations for this season will be made late next week.
Those suspensions and closures mean that ELEVEN of the SEVENTEEN ski areas in the region are not operating on March 14th, which is yet another sign of just how screwy this season has been.
Now that either NINE or TEN resorts are CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, we get yet another twist of strangeness as there now IS a chance for some SNOW late in this coming weekend. Perhaps a wet 1-3″ may fall across some of the higher elevations – particularly around Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline. They could see temps drop into the low 20s for Sunday and Monday. Just in time to mess up the flowing tulips, etc.
Ditto that forecast POTENTIALLY for Sugar and Beech as they too are looking at 1-3″ of snow Sunday into Monday.
Other than that things look pretty mild through the end of the month.
Here are the NOTABLES for today:
Snowshoe Mountain Offers 184 Acres
Snowshoe is open for day and night sessions with 46 trails including Upper Shay’s Revenge, Upper & Lower Cupp Run and most of the main mountain and the Silvercreek trails.
Winterplace Resort Open Through this Weekend, Maybe Longer
They have 23 of 27 trails open for today (day sessions only). The LIVE CAMS look pretty good there! Their Last day of the season will be the 20th or m-a-y-b-e the 27th.
Wintergreen Resort is CLOSED Mid-Week
They are now closed mid-week and they PLAN on remaining open for skiing and snowboarding (weather dependent) on Saturday.
Beech Mountain Resort Still Going
Beech has 10 of 15 trails open for DAY SESSIONS ONLY today. There is no word from the resort per a closing date. Word on the mountain says two more weeks. We’re not seeing that happening. A lot could depend on how heavy some of these thunderstorms are this evening.
Liberty Snowflex Plans to Stay Open Until – HEY WAIT! THEY NEVER CLOSE!!!
The guys and gals at Liberty Snowflex reached out to make our visitors aware that now that all of our traditional ski areas are running on fumes that they are are open and ready to host your visit to their year-round mountain.
Liberty hosts Summer Camps as well and whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced, they have the camp for you. “Always Keep Growing” as they say. Click over to http://www.liberty.edu/snowflex/ and check out all that they offer.
Timberline Resort Makes Last Second Decision to Close
In kind of a surprise move, Timberline decided to close after Sunday’s sessions. According to the front desk, “The snow just wasn’t holding up and they decided to close for the season.”
Timberline was originally planning to be open through the 20th. However THAT is what “weather dependent” means.
NOW CLOSED OR CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Appalachian Ski Mountain – Closed for Monday only.
Bryce Resort – Closed for the Season
Canaan Valley Resort – Closed for the Season
Massanutten Resort – Closed for the Season
Ober Gatlinburg – Closed for the Season
Oglebay Resort – Closed for the Season
Omni Homestead Resort – Closed for the Season
Sapphire Valley Resort – Closed for the Season
Timberline Resort – Closed for the Season
Wisp Resort – Closed this week and perhaps for the Season
Wolf Ridge Resort – Closed for the Season
Until next time…
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