Good Morning,

“Get ready for a huge taste of winter this weekend, someone is getting a storm to tell their kids about Sunday – Monday” -Brad Panovich.

Overnight provided some great opportunities for some snowmaking throughout the entire region. Nearly all the resorts were in that “goldilocks” band of ideal snowmaking temps (low temps in the teens to low 20’s and light wind). That hasn’t happened but only a handful of days, to date. Today and tomorrow bring some high pressure to the region with some slightly warming temps. This little bump in temperature combined with the high pressure should keep the snow quality “high and dry”.

As for the natural stuff yesterday, Beech and Sugar Mountain saw 4″ and 5″, respectively. Snowshoe and some of the other West Virginia resorts saw around 3″ yesterday! It looks like this trend will continue . . .

What about Winter Storm “D” . . . 

Flipped on the news this morning, and saw that the Weather Channel is taking the liberty of naming storms again. What about renaming it Winter Storm “Delightful”!

In all seriousness though, it looks like the jet stream is going to race across the southern US, then dip low into gulf to gain huge amounts of moisture. This combined with a blast of arctic air is going to collide around the mountains of Eastern TN, Western NC, and even as far south as the upstate of South Carolina.

The Euro Model is predicting snow amounts north of 24″+ in Spruce Pine, NC and 22″ in Waynesville, NC! The GFS Model is a little more modest with heavy pockets of snow throughout the region. The winner in this model is Hendersonville, NC with 15″+!

Even if you cut those numbers in half, you are still looking nearly a foot in some places.

More to come on the storm tomorrow, as it draws closer.

Here is a rundown of the resorts that are open:

Appalachian Ski Mountain: Not yet reporting, but with 9 trails open (including 2 terrain parks), a boatload of snowmaking, and an inch the night before . . . sounds good to me.

Beech Mountain: Reporting 4″ of new snowfall. With 5 trails open after a significant snowfall, I would be a happy camper at Beech today. Itching to get on the new quad too!

 

Beech has some nice corduroy . . . get it before the next guy

Cataloochee: Looking mighty fine at Cataloochee this morning. Boy, that new webcam is a charmer. In addition, to 6 slopes open, Cat is making snow on Alley Cat, Lower Snowbird, and Over Easy.

Snowguns taking just a little rest

Snowshoe: Reporting 3″ in of new snow in the last 24 hours. With a total of 6″ since Tuesday! The super cold temps with light wind made for some of the best snowmaking around.

 

Snowshoe Basin breaking out of the fog

Wintergreen had the snowguns fired up this morning. Good showing Wintergreen!

 

Tubing with a view, anyone?

Wolf Ridge is rearing to go  . . .

 

Ahh, that’s more like it . . . the webcam is back in action!

That will do 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.