From Snow in the Smokies to a Bluebird Day in VA

Looking pretty glorious at Wintergreen today

Last night we saw a bit of snow fall on the NC/TN state line . . . basically along the Appalachian Trail. That tends to happen when we get a little ‘Northwest Flow event’. Even if it doesn’t always bring in much snow, it DOES tend to bring in the cold temperatures . . . that’s what we saw. As a side note, flurries are STILL in the forecast for Beech this morning.

There is a bluebird day in store for Virginia (looks line one of the top 5 days of the year so far up there).

. . . And, Canaan is opening up more terrain that has some fresh powder at the waiting.

Looks like a great day all around!

NC/TN Border saw a LITTLE snow last night

  • Cataloochee: 1″ of new snow overnight, and currently making snow
    • Making snow on ‘Short ‘n Sweet’ . . . unopened green run
    • Park hounds unite . . . “We have some terrain features set up on Turkey Trot”.
    • Tuesdays are Homeschool Days
  • A fresh inch at CAT plus snowguns makes for a nice looking white out

    Beech: .8″ of new snow, and currently making snow.

    • Fun forecast at Beech today . . . “a slight chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.”
  • Wolf Ridge: .5″ of new snow, and currently making snow.
    • “It just got announced that a few lucky Students and Teachers have a SNOW Day…come take advantage of our Snow Day Special $15 lift tickets (only valid during the Day Session 9am-4:30pm), $7 ski rental, $15 snowboard rental and $10 Beginner Group Lesson.”
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: Trace snowfall
  • Sapphire Valley: closed mid-week (reopens Fri. @ Noon), 1-3″ of machine made snow overnight

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

  • Timberline: Posted on the headliner of their website, “We Will Be Closed Tuesday, January 15th and Reopen Wednesday, January 16th.”
  • Timberline: Looks inviting, but closed for the day

    Canaan: 23 Runs open! (up from 17 yesterday) Those include:

    • Powder Stashes in Meadows 1 and 2. Snowfields is also open with plenty of powder
    • XC Skiing report:
      Shallow and light, with snow in the forecast for the second half of the week.
  • Snowshoe: 50 Runs on a Groomed / Packed Powder Base.
    • According to their snow report, Snowshoe made snow on Timberjack last night which sets them up for a park build . . .”Timberjack is open as a ski trail without features (build coming soon!).”
    • Temps stay below freezing for their mid-week forecast.
  • Winterplace: picked up Trace snow last night.

Wisp is amped!

  • Wisp: picked up Trace snow overnight, and currently snowmaking
    • reporting, “a strong base of 27 inches and more terrain set to open up this week”.
    • Open on 16 runs (up from 15 yesterday) and snowmaking on 6 unopened, additional runs.
    • Central Park (terrain park with large features) opens tomorrow

VA resorts stay below freezing for optimal snowmaking . . . gorgeous looking day today. 

  • Wintergreen: Seems pretty inviting to me . . . “Our team of snowmakers were busy all night turning water into flakes; our groomers created a white blanket of pristine corduroy; and Mother Nature put the icing on the cake sprinkling the slopes with snow flurries”.
    • Open on 14 runs with snowmaking on 8 unopened, additional runs, as they also mention, “Snowmaking will continue all day as we continue to add more terrain.”
  • Looking pretty glorious at Wintergreen today

    Massanutten: 

    • “Awesome sliding again today, we were all set to start on Paradice last night but unfortunately the temperatures didn’t drop into the sweet spot until 6:00am.”
    • Schools Out Special today, $40 Slope-Use ticket if your school is closed for inclement weather.
  • A bluebird day in VA

    Omni Homestead: Open on a 24″ groomed, packed powder base.

    • Best advise ever! . . . “Snowmaking is underway and will continue throughout the day. Goggles are recommended”
  • Bryce: Currently 28°, and don’t appear to be snowmaking this morning . . . no change to their Snow Report

Temps lined-up for Ober . . . full steam ahead!

  • Ober: “The temps are once again in our favor! We’ve been making snow since last night at 10pm and will continue to make snow as temperatures allow. We are making snow on the current open runs AND Ober Chute and Yeti’s. Tomorrow night also looks favorable at this point or snowmaking as well”.
    • Open @ Noon on a 27-39″ base.

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.