Updated 2pm: Remember that we are consolidating reports for both SkiNC and SkiSoutheast until next week when we will have all of our new features in place.
We’ve had snow pretty much all morning and some of the heavuest snow has been falling in the last hour. Roads are CRYSTAL clear due to the surface temps so make your plans to come on up.
The highest elevations of Sugar, Beech, Cataloochee, Hawksnest, etc have definately added to their natural snow totals and we’ll update those as the news comes in tomorrow morning. However it is safe to say that Beech and Sugar may have as much as 6" or so – of not more – by this update. More is expected throughout this evening.
Note: A few people have asked us about the feature that we debuted LAST SEASON where we tallied the snow totals for the season at each resort. You can find that THIS season by going to the SLOPE REPORTS page and then clicking on any of the ski areas listed. That will take you to a new page that shows that data as well as lots of other useful information.
Snowshoe and Wintergreen have now begun to see snow as well. Snowshoe is reporting 1" at 2pm and they are expecting as much as a foot before it clears out. Snowshoe fans be aware that they are opening for the 2005-2006 season tomorrow.
Wintergreen updated us and they will be opening this weekend.
So make plans to spend your Thanksgiving up here at your favorite mountain and until later…here’s what we can tell you regarding individual ski area news:
Appalachian has decided not to open today and they are now shooting for Wednesday and it’s a good bet they will open for the 2005-2006 season at that time. Appalachian reported 3" of snow.
Cataloochee Ski Area is open from 1pm to 10pm and they began making snow this morning and certainly will as long as temps allow. Cataloochee received from 2-3" of snow overnight thus far.
Ski Beech received 4" of new snow overnight and they are making snow now as the temperature this morning is 25°. The forecast is for windy, chance of snow and temperatures in the mid to upper twenties. Today is Two for Tuesday…Ski Beech plans to start night skiing Friday night.
Sugar Mountain reported in with 4" of snow and is still operating on Upper and Lower Flying Mile for today. Snowmaking is in progress.
Wolf Laurel and Hawksnest are still in the "getting ready to open" mode.
Massanutten Resort in Virginia is reporting in with 21° this morning and they are making snow but still awaiting a December 2nd-9th startup date.
Wintergreen Resort in Virginia began making snow last Saturday. They say that if Mother Nature cooperates, they hope to be welcoming skiers and boarders on Saturday, November 26.
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia reports that snow is falling, it’s 28° and the snow guns are roaring this morning in preparation for tomorrow’s (11/23) opening. The natural snowfall is expected to continue throughout the day and through the weekend with up to 12" of snow expected before it’s over. The natural snow combined with our already two foot base will make for some great holiday weekend skiing and riding. As of right now, 8 trails and 3 lifts will be available for those opening day turns!
Timberline is still looking to open December 8th. It was 38° this morning as of this report.
Winterplace Resort is shooting for December 9th opening.
WISP Resort in Maryland is shooting to open as quickly as possible and has been making snow. As part of a nine-million dollar capital expansion project this summer, Wisp can now produce over 4,800 tons of snow per hour with all of its snowmaking guns running, an increase of 48% from last year. With temperatures expected in the twenties through the remainder of the week, officials with Mountain Operations anticipate round-the-clock snowmaking to continue throughout the week with nighttime snowmaking continuing throughout Thanksgiving week. As snowmaking continues, Maryland’s only winter resort will open for the season as soon as possible.
Until Next Time!