Stellar Conditions Persist

Cataloochee blasting the slopes this morning. That just looks cold!

The forecast yesterday that called for a little bit of snow to fall in West Virginia and North Carolina has dwindled even further and now it looks like nothing of real significance today.  Wisp is reporting 2″ this morning and Timberline and Canaan have seen 1.5″, but nobody else has really seen anything, save for a few reports of “Trace” here and there.  A little bit more is possible today but I’m not expecting to see anything more than an inch or two (at best) by tomorrow morning.

It is cold though, especially the further north you go.  The resorts in West Virginia are under a Wind Chill Advisory right now so bundle up if you’re on the slopes up there today.  Negative wind chills are never fun except when there’s good snow, which there is right now thankfully.  Weeks of cold and snowmaking with a little bit of natty snow has made that possible.  My buddies were out and about at Beech yesterday and said conditions were fantastic.  Today’s little bit of snow and snowmaking should only add to that.

GrizzlyEnton with a nice method yesterday at Beech Mountain. Photo courtesy of Kevin McNamara.
GrizzlyEnton with a nice method yesterday at Beech Mountain. Photo courtesy of Kevin McNamara.

I was going through the snow report this morning and realized just how much open terrain there is right now in the Southeast.  Here’s a state by state breakdown.

North Carolina
81 of 83 trails are open (including Sapphire which opens back up tomorrow).  That’s 97.5%.

Virginia
56 of 57 trails or 98.2%.  Nice.

West Virginia
159 of 172 trails are open or 92.4%.  This is probably the most impressive due to the higher number of trails up there.

Maryland (Wisp)
25 of 34 runs are open.  That’s 73.5%.

Tennessee (Ober)
9 out of 10 runs are open, or 90%.

Add it all up and you get 330 totals runs out of 356 are open in the Southeast right now.  That means that 92.7% of the available terrain in the region is open right now.  Not bad!

I found those numbers interesting for some reason.  Probably because it’s a slow day and there’s not too much to chat about this AM.  Either way, they’re impressive when you think of the lack of natural snow.  Thank you snowmaking.

I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, ResortCams.com. In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]