Skiing and Riding Will Be a Bit Wet Today for North Carolina Skiing

After seven straight, GREAT days of skiing up at Snowshoe Mountain, it is GREAT to be home, wireless, in my comfort zone and posting this morning. Happy New Year again everyone.

Here’s some notes from around the state:

Cataloochee is open for Day Skiing today and their popular tubing park is now on a regular season schedule, which means that they will not be open today through Wednesday.  They will reopen TUBING for the rest of the season Thursdays through Sundays.  They are skiing and snowboarding for DAY skiing today.

Hawksnest’s Terrain Park is OPEN and receiving some great reviews. They now have a rainbow box, 20 foot C-Box, rainbow rail, flat rail, spine and numerous snow hits. Additionally, they have began their FREE Ladies Day skiing on Wednesdays. Ladies receive a free lift ticket. They will be adding new features each day to continue building a great terrain park. Hawksnest will have 9 slopes serviced by 3 lifts to the top. On Jan 2-5 they will be open at 9am to 10pm for skiing/boarding. Snow tubing will be open 11am to 9pm. The Hawksnest staff wishes you and your family a great holiday season!

Despite reports otherwise…Sapphire Valley is CLOSED Monday and Tuesday.  Wet, mild weather down there and thunderstorms in the forecast have prompted them to wait until Wednesday to reopen.  We spoke with Joyce there in the recreation center and she assures us that Rick Creel, who was appointed to update the websites regarding slope conditions will be contacting us to make that happen.  Bottom line is today and Tuesday – no skiing at Sapphire.

 
Ski Beech is operating on a base of 24-36" and a Variable Granular surface on 14 of 15 slopes. Today is Ladies Day! Guys…chance the drizzly forecast and go meet some ladies!

We have been trying to get the word out that Wolf Laurel Slopes and Zero Gravity will sponsor a terrain park competition on January 7th. Registration is at 10 a.m. Outdoor Exposure will be at the base of the mountain for demo days as well.

The weather does look a bit dicey for the next couple of days, but Winter returns and expect some COLDER temps and natural snow…and snowmaking weather beginning late Wednesday or Thursday.

Until Next Time!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. 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.