Snowmaking Ops Look Good for WV Resorts and Wisp Resort; Resorts Further South are more Borderline

The next several days offer a mixed bit of snowmaking ops across the region. While resorts into Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina will have to fight borderline low temperatures all week, those into West Virginia will have more (and better) opportunities. Here’s the latest:

West Virginia Skier’s Forecast:

There won’t be any snowmaking today, tonight or Monday – however the low Monday night should be around 25° around Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline resort areas. Tuesday will offer some chances of snow showers and an overnight low Tuesday night should dip near 26°. Things will mild up for a day and then the next snowmaking opportunity should come Thursday night as temperatures drop to 23°. Things are plenty cold enough for snowmaking after that so the WV resorts should be able to get into pretty good, early season conditions by next weekend.

Note: Winterplace Resort’s Snowmaking ops are slimmer than those mentioned above for the other WV ski resorts. Monday night’s low is forecasted to be 30° for Ghent. Tuesday night’s is 31°. Thursday night’s low is forecasted to be 29°.

Wisp Resort Skier’s Forecast:

Snowmaking ops come Monday and Tuesday nights with a low around 25°. Wednesday night looks borderline with forecasted low temps near freezing. Thursday night looks GREAT for snowmaking with lows around 22° and beyond that looks good.

Virginia Ski Areas Skier’s Forecast:

Much like last season, the cold temps and snow looks to be hop scotching the Virginia ski areas leaving the WV Ski areas and the NC Ski areas a bit colder temperatures than those in VA. As it looks right now, none of the Virginia ski resorts will be able to make snow until Friday night when temperatures are forecasted for 23°. Prior to that the overnight lows look borderline at best.

North Carolina skier’s Forecast:

There won’t be many opportunities for the ski areas around North Carolina to make snow for the next several days as overnight lows will be just above snowmaking range until MAYBE Tuesday night and then again Thursday night. Friday night looks good so maybe the ski areas can squeeze out some snowmaking this week and then crank up the snowguns in earnest over next weekend.

Sunday: Hi: 59 Lo: 34 – Mostly sunny with high clouds; Winds WSW 5-10 mph

Monday: Hi: 47 Lo: 38 – AM light rains then cloudy; Winds W 10-20 mph

Tuesday: Hi: 53 Lo: 30 – AM cloudiness then partly sunny; Winds CALM

Wednesday: Hi: 45 Lo: 32 – Cloudy with rain developing

Thursday: Hi: 41 Lo: 30 – AM rain then breezy and turning colder with some afternoon snow flurries possible

Friday: Hi: 36 Lo: 24 – Breezy and cold; some flurries

Saturday: Hi: 36 Lo: 24 – Continued cold and dry

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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.