Snowshoe Mountain OPENS TODAY with 18 Trails and Packed Powder Conditions!

Snowshoe Mountain OPENS FOR THE SEASON TODAY. They are reporting a low temps of 8°  and 3" of new snow in the last 24 hours!  Snowshoe and all of the West Virginia and Maryland ski areas picked up a ton of snow in the last two days as the Northwest Flow Snows kicked in.  Snowshoe is now up to 27" on the season and as we just commented – the season gets started today with Powder and Packed Powder conditions. Laura and the Snowshoe team had targeted 14 trails to be open by today, however they’ve topped that and will offer 18 trails for your skiing and snowboarding fun.

Laura writes, "**Groomer’s Choice: Log Slide** (each day we’ll have one slope that our expert grooming team selects as their finest work from the night before! Hit this trail early for the perfect dose of corduroy bliss) The wait is finally over! At 9am we’ll drop the ropes and officially kick off the 2010.2011 season. We’re starting off the day with another 3" of fresh snow and gorgeous packed powder conditions. All of the day’s 17 open slopes were groomed overnight. We have a great selection of terrain available, including small terrain park features available in the Powdermonkey Small Park and some fun rollers on Spruce Glades. Please remember to stay on open, marked terrain. There will not be snowmaking on any open terrain today, but snowmaking will be occurring elsewhere on the mountain as we look to continue to open additional terrain this week. It’s going to be a great day out there, with another couple inches of natural snow possible throughout the day. There may be some moderate wind gusts, and the wind chill will be below zero today, so be sure to wear layers and a windproof outer layer. Thank you for joining us on the mountain today! HAPPY OPENING DAY!"

It should be an AWESOME opening day at Snowshoe today. 

ANOTHER MAJOR SNOW STORM IS ON THE WAY THIS WEEKEND! (Be sure to check out Brad’s Weather Forecast information below)

Wisp Resort – 11° – They picked up 9" in the last 24 hours and 17" in the past 48 hours and now 20" from this storm. That’s 27" on the season and Wisp plans to open this weekend with what should be awesome conditions! They are operating ice skating today. "No" on the Mountain Coaster for today as too much snow fell!

On Tuesday we covered the fact that Beech Mountain was leading the way in natural snowfall on the season. That’s a bit unusual for ANY time of the season, but certainly an anomaly at this stage. Welllll…. Canaan Valley and Timberline now take that top honor as another 7.9" of natural snow fell at the Davis, West Virginia ski resorts. Here’s the numbers on the season (remember that Canaan opens Saturday and Timberline opens tomorrow!

7.9" in last 24 hours
16.2" for the last 48 hours
22.8 in the last 72 hours
25.2" in the past 96 hours
…and 29.6" from this storm and 37.1" on the season

(Beech Mountain is now at 31.7" for those keeping "score".)

COLD AND SNOW CONTINUES!!!

We’ve heard from our buddy, Brad Panovich this morning and you’ll have to check out the video forecast for today for all of the details. Suffice to say that he’s as excited as the rest of us over all this snow that we’ve seen in the past five or six days. He’s also talking about "THE NEXT MAJOR SNOW STORM" that should be hitting Sunday night and last into next week bringing MORE significant snowfall. Additionally we’re looking at great snowmaking temps with the exception of perhaps a day or so over the next week so resorts will continue to build base depths.

Check out the great temps for the week ahead!>>>

Brad DID say one thing in his skier’s forecast video that we’d like to elaborate on. He mentioned that the resorts are going to have such great temps that their snowmaking ops would probably allow them to build enough base to "last the rest of the season". That’s probably not exactly accurate because even though we’re seeing some soaring base depth numbers a "thaw" period of more than a week or so would put a huge hurting on those numbers. So resorts will continue to blast away as they can to "weather" those iffy days that we always seem to get mid season.

Today very well might be THE BEST day to ride of the season as the winds should be dying down and the sun should be coming out at some point mid day with the possible exception of the WV and Maryland ski areas as snow continues to fall up there.

Be sure to check out Brad’s Weather Update and visit www.HighCountryWeather.com for the updated skier’s forecast.

Let’s get right to a TOUR of the other open ski areas today and be sure to check out www.SkiSoutheast.com  for more openings around the region.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 9° – New Snow, 10" from the storm. App is open with 8 of 12 trails open as well as ice skating.

Beech Mountain Ski Resort – 2° – No report of new snow although John Hoffman from Fred’s on Beech was reporting about 1/2" of snow in the last 24 hours. The official CoCoRaHs reporter for up there is Gil Adams and from his Beech Mountain station he is reporting another 1.6" of new snow. Beech has seen 23.6" from this crazy storm and they will operated for day sessions only today with 5 of 15 trails.

Cataloochee Ski Area – 17° – Not reporting any new snow but picked up 10" on the storm. They are open from 1-10pm Wednesday with 11 of 16 trails and some terrain features.

Sugar Mountain – 2° – .7" of new snow – That’s 7.1" in the last 48 hours; 11.7" in the past 72 hours and 17.5" from the storm. That’s now 22.4" on the season and Sugar is taking advantage of their brand new lift on the Big Red trails as Big Red is now open. That gives Sugar fans 13 trails to play on today for day and night sessions. Ice Skating is open as well.

No new snow other than a flurry or two fell at the Virginia ski areas, however there is TONS of snowmaking happening across the board. Pretty much ALL of the VA ski areas are planning to open on Friday.

That’s it for now. Check back later for more photos, videos and more!

For more information on ALL of the ski resorts of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic – visit www.SkiSoutheast.com  

THINK COLD! THINK SNOW!

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www.HighCountryWebCams.com  
www.HighCountryWeather.com  

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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.