Sweet Early Season Conditions Continue

Another Friday is here.  Where has the week gone?  The weekend is shaping up to feature some great skiing and snowboarding…at least for Saturday anyways.  Sunday is looking wet so if you can get out tomorrow I’d highly suggest it.  It looks like the temps will be too warm for snowmaking, so no blowers will be on.  Woohoo!

So this weekend we’ll have App, Cat, Sugar, and Bryce Resort open.  Of those four, Sugar and App are the only ones who will be open for night sessions.   I’m headed out to Appalachian Ski Mountain tomorrow to look like a fool in the park basically.  I hear they have some jumps set up so I’m going to throw some mean shifties. All of the park riders will be in so much awe. Ha.  I will be out there though and if you see me, say hey!  I’m hoping to get Mike out there to fly the drone around and get some awesome shots.  There’s a park contest at 2 and I’m hoping to film that a little with the drone.  It has the potential to look really cool!

Here’s a cool action shot from App yesterday.  I’m pretty sure that’s Brackish rider Reilly Tardiff.  That kid shreds.


Yesterday I was talking about Gunther’s Run at Sugar and I mentioned how it looked pretty steep.  Interestingly, today they have changed the rating to a blue-black.  Basically, it’s an advanced intermediate now.  I wonder if somebody wrecked themselves yesterday?  I saw some people bombing that run in the early hours.  Can’t wait to hit it.

Beech Mountain Resort announced yesterday that their opening day will be next Friday, November 28th…the day after Thanksgiving.  Some of the whale pics I’ve seen out there have been awesome.  Opening day conditions should be some of the best ever.  There’s even a little snow possibly on Thanksgiving Day for them which would make Friday even better!


Next week is going to be exciting.  Not just because of Turkey Day and Black Friday, but because we have several more ski areas slated to open.  Massanutten, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, Wintergreen, Ober Gatlinburg, and Beech are all scheduled to open for the season by next weekend.  The forecast looks pretty good and all should offer some fantastic conditions, especially for November.  Stoked!  If you have a Thanksgiving trip planned, it’s looking like you are going to luck out.  I’ll talk more about all of this on Monday though.

Until next week, enjoy  your weekend!

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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]