Snowmaking has begun at North Carolina Ski Resorts!

Meteorologist Matthew East has posted his latest skier’s weather video.

The summary is that we are now seeing that expected Arctic Air filtering back into the region and bringing with it snowmaking weather. Resorts into Tennessee, portions of Virginia and North Carolina will AT LEAST be able to make snow at night and some of the resorts further north will be able to make snow around the clock.

Thursday and Friday look nice, and Saturday and Sunday are snowy and cold.

That, my friends is a perfect ski weekend.

Click here to see> Matthew East’s Southeast Ski Resort Skier’s Forecast 

SPEAKING OF SNOWMAKING…

Appalachian Ski Mountain is at 27° at 8am and making snow! They were already in great shape, and the added snowmaking will only make things firmer. They are 100% open with both terrain parks providing some great hits and features. ICe skating is open as well.

Cataloochee is reporting 31° this morning and making snow. They have 11 of 14 trails open and their popular snow tubing hill is open today as well.

Don’t forget to join the Cat Crew on Thursday nights for the Cataloochee Challenge Cup Race Series. $10.00 gets you in and $1.00 of your race entry fee will be donated to KARE the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort of Haywood County, so go on out and race to support a great cause! Individuals race against the clock for the best of two runs. Top three challengers in both men’s and womens’ age divisions win cool stuff. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Racing begins at 7pm with a post awards party at 9:30pm, so dust off those racing skills and test your luck. The Cat is where it’s at on Thursday night’s Challenge Cup Race Night. Call the ski area for more information.

Hawksnest Resort – We’re not sure what’s happening up at The Hawk, but they have not updated a report since the 5th, and their weather station isn’t running either. We’ll try to put a call in later. As far as we can tell, it’s about 22° up there and they ARE making snow. They should have 10 trails running and their popular tubing park as well. By the end of the day you won’t see anymore thin coverage areas and the weekend should be great there!

Ski Beech is at 21.9° this morning at 8:18 and they are making tons of snow. So the reparation of slope conditions has begun! They already look a ton better than Wednesday AM and after a good day of snowmaking the bare spots and thin coverage areas will be covered up. With the great snowmaking ops of today and Friday, Ski Beech will be in fine shape.

They have dropped Upper and Lower White Lightning and College Park from their open terrain so they have 12 of 15 trails open today, their terrain park and ice skating.

Sugar Mountain is reporting 20.0° this morning and they are making snow. They have dropped one trail from their open terrain and now have 19 of 20 trails open. Tubing and ice skating is also open, as is their terrain park. Sugar Bear is the only closed trail.

BOSS HAWG will be performing LIVE BLUEGRASS on SATURDAY 4-6PM.

Wolf Ridge has not updated their slope conditions report as yet, but they are at 35° and not making snow as yet. We watched as they were doing some grooming this morning and they will make snow as soon as temps allow. They should have 14 trails open to the top today.

THERE IS NO PACKED POWDER AT NC RESORTS TODAY…

We’ve seen a few ski areas reporting "Packed Powder" this season after one day of snowmaking…and not in reference to a natural snow event. Such is the case again this morning as one of our ski areas is reporting Packed Powder as their surface condition again this morning and yet the snowguns only came on hours ago.

Sugar Mountain is exhibiting the more proper terminology for this morning’s conditions – "Manmade Powder / Frozen Granular". Some industry experts don’t even like that reference because it connotates something not on the trails. Packed Powder has always been the term used to describe conditions a day or two after natural snow has left POWDER conditions. However I think that some of the snow coming from today’s snow making machines can definately be "machine made powder", but packed powder is stretching it.

Ober Gatlinburg’s management always seem to be spot on with their reports and they would reference this morning’s conditions at most of our resorts as "machine made / packed" or even "groomed / hard packed".

THURSDAY AND FORWARD LOOKS GREAT!

If you’re on the mountain today, you’re going to have a great day, Friday will be even better and this weekend will be cold and snowy…so that means that you will have one beautiful ski getaway!

Make your trip plans today!

Enjoy your day…

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.