Hard to believe that the Vernal Equinox is just 2 days away, and with it, the start of spring. It has been snowing this morning at Wisp (above photo), where it looks like they will see ‘light snow’ throughout the day. Snowshoe may see some flurries as well, they have a chance of snow until 2pm.

Over night, all the open resorts saw the mercury dip below freezing. This really helps retain the snow depths’ AND groomers have a much easier time grooming on firm snow. Imagine a zamboni over ice, vs. a bulldozer ‘sinking’ and pushing around a mashed surface.

I got to Cataloochee yesterday and had a grand ‘ole time. Chatted with a Patroller Lee where the conversation was more about the upcoming kayaking season (than skiing), but it was good to catch up on our winter ‘tales and exploits’.

Tonight we will actually see temps get even colder with one resort to make snow. I got an email from Richard Crisler on Friday who leads the App Cup Race Series. He mentioned, “Do not be suprised to see App turn on the guns. I have seen them make snow the last day!!!”

It’s snowing at Wisp today! . . . light accumulation expected. More snow in the forecast later this week. 

  • Wisp: 15 runs (13 groomed) open from 9am-5pm.
    • Today: A chance of light snow, mainly before 8am, then isolated flurries after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Snow is accumulating at Wisp this morning

A special shout-out to one resort that has been making snow AND is going to make snow tonight!

Just heard from Joe Stevens, “almost 600 folks took advantage of Ski Free for WV residents yesterday at CV, Snowshoe and WP!”. 

  • Snowshoe: 
    • Today: A chance of snow showers before 2pm! . . . “Temperatures are expected to hang out in the mid-30’s which should make for a super fun day to get out and make some turns.”
    • Mogul mania . . . “If you’re a big fan of skiing bumps, AKA moguls, we’ve got quite a selection at the moment. Knotbumper, Camp 99, Lower Ballhooter and Lower Shay’s.”
    • Open on 42 runs (38 groomed) . . . Silver Creek closed for the season.
  • Winterplace: We got a little update this morning from WP as they MAYBE open until the 24th. But at the least, it will be March 23rd . . . “Open through Saturday, March 23rd–Bonus days may be added.”
    • Open until 4:30pm on 23 runs and 3 lifts with a 24-44″ Groomed, Granular, and Variable base.
      • Tubing open from 1pm-4:30pm.

Over 90% of the runs are still open in VA. (Wintergreen returns to the action this weekend)

  • Massanutten: 
    • “It’s shaping up to be another great day to ski and ride with highs in the mid 40s. The Ski Slopes are open 9am-5pm, Snow Tubing is open from 2pm – 9 pm today.”
    •  Open on 12 runs (11 groomed) with (expert) Upper MakAttack listed as partially groomed.
  • Bryce: Open this week from 10am-3pm
      • From Bill Nabers (last evening) . . . “As of today, 7 of 8 slopes still open. Not a 40″ average base, just a few places (of 40”) on Bootlegger.
      • Bryce has some good rates on lift tickets for the remainder of the season . . .

NC has a TON of snow to push around if needed. Grooming is superb with cold overnight temps. 

  • Cataloochee: 3 terrain parks still intact.
    • Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 30-70″ on 13 slopes and offer one session: day skiing from 9am-4:30pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.
    • Girls Ride Day (Sunday, March 24th) at Cataloochee from 11am-4pm
  • Beech: Open from 9am-5pm this week, on 9 runs and 5 lifts with a 36-72″ Frozen Granular / Groomed base.
    • Some aerial shots below of the park set-up from Sunday. Get a piece of the action at the Park at Beech this week.

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.