Southeast Notes and Information

Temperatures were all over the place this morning. I was speaking with Joe Stevens up at Snowshoe just a bit ago and he was telling me that it was -10° or so at his house this morning, -9° at the base of their mountain and they are reporting 2° up top. Snowshoe received a total of 13" of new snow this weekend which takes their ten day natural snowfall total to over two feet. Combine the natural snow with the efforts of their snowmakers and you have some of the best conditions in the East.

Ski Beech reported 20°, while Banner Elk showed -2°! That’s 22 degrees difference within about four or five miles! It was 1° here at my office, 14° in Linville, 9° in Boone, 15° in Blowing Rock, and -2° in Valle Crucis.

Today is shaping up to be the kind of day skiers and snowboarders dream of all year long. With natural snowfall on the slopes after this weekend’s storm and continuing around-the-clock snowmaking operations, now is the time to make your way to your favorite resort. Most resorts have MORE terrain open and conditions will be just perfect about and about. Skies will be blue, the snow will be the best of the season thus far and while temps are frigid this morning, they will moderate to highs in the 30s today. The views should be phenomenal…so get us some photos of the day while you’re out and about! Feel free to write me at:

The rest of the week will be more seasonable with highs in the 30s and into the mid-to-upper 40s and overnight lows will be in the teens Monday night and then in the 20s for most of the week. Snowmaking crews will be able to do their magic most every night throughout. Skiers should see the best conditions of the season most any day this week.

The long range forecast is showing more wintry precip for the weekend and we’ll elaborate more later in the week as we receive more data and meteorologist, Brad Panovich’s forecast. If you’re able, tune into Channel 6 WCNC NBC in Charlotte, North Carolina and catch Brad’s forecasts. He’s great about focusing on our area and loves skiing in the Southeast.

A NEW SkiNC and Policy We’re going to set a new trend here. We’ve had so many people write in agreeing with us about our "base depth fiasco" that we are going to just start reporting the MINIMUM base depth on those that aren’t playing fair. We’re not going to make a big deal of it anymore…however the ski report page will only reflect the MINIMUM AVERAGE for those resorts that are inflating their data.

More Notes

Sapphire Valley is CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday. The Southeastern Ski Areas Association and NC Ski Areas Association are showing (2) slopes open at Sapphire Valley but both are incorrect. The resort is CLOSED and will reopen on Wednesday evening.

Ski Beech – Today is Ladies Day at Ski Beech! Tomorrow is Two for Tuesday. They have the conditions and they have the deals…
Every Monday Ski Beech celebrates the ladies! LADIES receive a FREE lift ticket & $15 ski rentals! Excludes holidays, MLK & President’s Day.
Tuesdays are Twice as Nice! Buy an adult day or twilight lift ticket and get one free! Ski Rentals are $10! Excludes holidays.

Wednesday’s are no exception- Tickets sell for ’70s prices on Wednesdays! $15 lifts and $10 ski rentals. Excludes holidays.

Thursday’s are good for the guys. Every Thursday, MEN receive a FREE lift ticket & $15 ski rentals! Excludes holidays.

Sugar Mountain – Snowmaking is in progress in selected areas as well as in the tubing park. Conditions should allow for the tubing park to open Monday or Tuesday. Sugar has their terrain park open.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and 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.