This is certainly beginning to be the time of the year where you can Ski/Ride in the morning AND another outdoor pursuit in the afternooon! . . . or Vice-a-Versa

Overnight felt like a ‘house divided’ as temps in VA/MD were unseasonably cold overnight (low to mid 20’s at Wintergreen, Massanutten, Bryce, and Wisp), and MOST of these resorts capitalized on a little bump in snow making.

On the flip-side, NC/WV saw mid 30’s to low 40’s for temps overnight, but the base depths are still very strong after some heavy snow making earlier in the week.

Today puts almost all the resorts into some fairly comfortable temps (48F at Wisp) with soft snow and some sunshine being abundant.

Tonight the pattern changes a bit for points north as we may see some freezing rain (Snowshoe) AND some flurries at Canaan/Wisp. Some of the other resorts will have a chance of that ‘other’ wet stuff.

But, the good news is that March might just come ‘roaring-in’ like a Lion!

VA had snowmaking temps overnight . . . resorts capitalized!

  • Wintergreen: 100% Open. 7am temp: 24F . . . Snowmaking is on
    • It’s three in a row – perfect winter days filled with the wonder of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Conditions are unbelievable and we are going STRONG!
    • Want to switch it up? Try our Ski & Tee offer. Start your morning on the slopes, then in the afternoon head down to Stoney Creek Golf and use your lift ticket to cover your greens fees (cart fee is required). It’s the perfect “winter” and “green” combo!
  • Wintergreen: A little ‘surf and turf’ anyone?

     

  • Massanutten: 100% Open. 7am temp: 26F. Snowmaking overnight on 5 runs.
    • “Brilliant sunshine and comfortable temps with highs in the mid 40s.”
    • Deal of the Day . . . College Days Special today – $40 Slope-Use with valid ID.
    • This weekend . . . “The mountain is in great shape for Snow Moon Fest this weekend! Scout Days on Sunday.”
  • Bryce: 100% Open until 8:30pm. 7am temp: 26F
    • Bryce released upcoming Winterfest details . . . “Celebrate another great winter at Bryce Resort! This is an all-day event packed with activities and live music. See schedule of events below…
      8-11 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast
      9:00 a.m. – Polar Plunge
      12:30 p.m. – Costume Parade
      2:00 p.m. – Pond Skimming
      LIVE MUSIC!
Bryce: Winterfest fun

Wisp MAY see a dusting tonight

  • Wisp: 
    • Groomed on 27 (of 29) open runs. Un-groomed (intermediate) Randalls Run and (expert) The Face.
    • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
    • Tonight: A chance of rain and snow before 2am, then a chance of freezing rain. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Classic Wisp this morning!

     

WV is still in the heart of winter

  • Snowshoe: 
    • “Yesterday conditions were a lot of fun and we expect today to be great as well with some soft turns and forgiving conditions in case you have a couple wipe-outs.”
    • Today/Tonight . . . “Mild temperatures will continue until tonight when temps will start falling into the 20’s and 30’s.”
    • A spectacular deal . . . “The Ridiculous Pass will go on sale March 5th for just $259! It’s good for the rest of this season, and the entire 2019/20 season as well.”
  • Canaan: “Good morning, after 3 days of snow making efforts our groomers will be working hard to push out and prepare slopes today for the upcoming weekend.”
    • Snow on the horizon . . . “There are snow showers in the forecast for late tonight, with a better chance of accumulating snow Sunday into Monday.”
    • “Next week temps look to dip to some of the colder levels of the winter”
  • Winterplace: 7am temp: 32F. Snow making was on overnight
    • Stop off at the inviting ‘Mountain House’ (opens daily at Noon) . . . “Located mid mountaintake a break, visit with friends and enjoy the poanoramic view or sip hot chocolate in front of the warm, stone fireplace. Don’t forget to fuel up on your favorite foods while you are there from our complete menu.”
    • Today: 24 runs open (10 beginner, 11 intermediate, 3 expert)

NC: a touch warm . . . but March looks to come roaring-in like a Lion!

  • Beech: Packed Powder / Variable conditions
    • Men’s Night: $15 slope tix from 5-9pm
    • Just a week ago at Beech (courtesy of @glennsweitzer) . . .
Beech: A week ago after a recent snowstorm
  • App: 12/12 runs AND 6/6 lifts = 100% open

  • Cataloochee: “March looks to come in like a lion and we are ready to begin snowmaking again as soon as she does!”
    • Today we are on a base of 52-86″ on 14 slopes and offer three sessions
    • “We are in the second day of our big Season Pass Sale and it continues through March 3 at midnight . . . PLUS, did you know we offer season ski and snowboard rentals???”

Ober is experiencing some warm temps

  • Ober: Open on 5 slopes with a 15-30″ Groomed / Granular Base
    • SEASON PASS SALE is ON!!  If you purchase your season pass, Buy now and use it for the rest of THIS season!
    •  Additional fun at Ober includes . . . “The Snow Tubing Park, Scenic Chairlift, Ski Mountain Coaster, Ice Skating, Wild Life Encounter, Carousel, The Shops at Ober, The Seasons of Ober Restaurant and the Loft Lounge will also be available to guests of Ober Gatlinburg.”

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.