Snowshoe Mountain has seen 21″ of SNOW since Saturday Night! More on the way!

OH MY GOODNESS – what a GREAT start to the 2008-2009 Ski and Snowboarding season we’re having! We’ve got so much to share with you guys that we’re being somewhat overwhelmed, but here are some quick notes to illustrate what we’re talking about:

Sugar Mountain opened yesterday after making snow for two nights and 4" of natural snow. As of an hour ago it was still snowing pretty hard and I’d bet Sugar and Beech have seen about 5-6" of snow.

Laura Parquette of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is so excited over their early season conditions that those guys up there are bursting with smiles! They plan to begin the snow sports season on Wednesday, November 26th with what could easily be the BEST OPENING DAY CONDITIONS ON RECORD! They have already seen 30" of snow since the first flakes began to fall in late October!

21" of that snow has fallen since Saturday night (they took their latest measurement at 10am this morning)! They have seen 13" of snow overnight Monday into this morning!!!

Sonny Gower wrote us on Monday afternoon about a forecast that was calling for two feet of snow, and that is also what our buddy, Meteorologist Brad Panovich emailed me. As it turns out they may get it as Laura also shared that they are expecting as much as another foot of snow through Wednesday!

With all of that going on – all of the resorts have been cranking out the manmade snow as well. We’ve watched snowguns blasting away at all of the resorts. Snowshoe shared that they have been making snow at every opportunity and expect to be able to make snow around the clock at least through the weekend. According to Laura, Snowshoe has now made 3-4 feet of snow on nearly 32 acres, with scattered snowmaking coverage on additional acreage across the mountain.

Snowshoe plans to have at least 10 slopes and 39 acres of terrain open on Opening Day!

We’re getting lots of information from around the region and we’ll share it ASAP!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and Since September 1996 he has posted close to 14,000 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.