Sugar Mountain is the Lone Ski Area open today! When will the rest open? See Below!

Sugar Mountain is the lone operating ski resort right now as Cataloochee is in preseason mode of only operating on the weekends. Sugar has a reported base of 6-20" and two trails open.

We received a few emails asking us how "Switchback" was in terms of conditions. Sugar has not yet opened Switchback. They ARE open to the 3/4 station and to the skier’s left. That is the traditional first slopes to open for Sugar and then they work their magic elsewhere to open additional terrain as quickly as possible.

The official word from professional snow monitors via CocoRahs is that Cataloochee Ski Area picked up 3.7" of snow from this past weekend’s burst of snow.

We haven’t heard from Gil Adams who is usually the CocoRaHs guy at at Beech Mountain but we did receive another report up there of 5.5" of snow.

Some portions of the Smokies over towards Ober Gatlinburg saw as much as 6-7" of snow this weekend. Ober has not started their snowmaking ops yet as they are waiting for prolonged cold temps.

Cataloochee Ski Area officially was the first ski area to open in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic on Saturday at 8:30am. However as they usually do for the first few weeks, they will not be operating during the week days and they plan to reopen on Saturday at 8:30am.

(They are reporting 42.9° this morning and we’re showing a 37.6° reading. We’re not sure where they’re getting their temp from.)

We’ll be posting a lot of WHAT’S NEW content for the ski resorts this week. However we HAVE been getting a lot of questions pertaining to the opening dates for the rest of the ski areas and here’s the latest that we can tell you.

Appalachian Ski Mountain plans to open November 19th.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area will open December 17th this season.

Ski Beech will open as soon as possible with a prolonged period of cold temps.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort plans to open Thanksgiving week.

Bryce Resort plans to open just after Thanksgiving usually the first or second weekend in December.

Massanutten Resort plans to open as soon as possible

Wintergreen Resort has plans to open December 10th

Canaan Valley has set December 10-12th as their opening date.

Snowshoe Mountain set November 24th as their opening date, but may drop the ropes a little earlier weather permitting.

Timberline Resort will open December 9th.

Winterplace Resort has set a tentative opening day of December 11th.

Wisp Resort opens NOvember 26th with a rail jam.

Ober Gatlinburg typically opens the first week or so in December as weather permits.

Be sure to check back often for more photos being posted as well as our video blog. If you have not yet visited our Ski Messageboard Forum you should do so.

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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.