The best snow found in the Southeast

The best snow found in the Southeast — or for that matter south of New York is unquestionably at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. We have also received several reports that Wintergreen Resort in Virginia is still looking quite nice although they have closed a few slopes since yesterday; Winterplace in West Virginia is still operating with 22 trails and we have it on good authority (two homeowners up that way) that conditions are pretty good there.

A few of our On-Snow Reporters are saying that bare spots and thin coverage are being reported at EVERY resort except Appalachian Ski Mountain…so App would seem to have the BEST snow coverage of all resorts, but if you are looking for snow AND the most terrain perhaps right now we’d have to rank things this way.

For the most terrain and best snow quality RIGHT NOW: (This recommendation is coming from combining reports from our On-Snow Reporters. It’s not scientific, it’s just an accessment of where the best possible snow skiing is right now.)

1. Snowshoe Mountain in WV – 43 trails
2. Winterplace Resort in WV – 22 trails
3. Massanutten in WV – 11 trails (tied with App)
3. Appalachian Ski Mtn in NC – 9 trails
4. Cataloochee Ski Area in NC – 7 trails
5. Sugar Mountain in NC – 12 trails*
6. Wintergreen Resort in VA – 5 trails

* For those that want to ask us about Sugar Mountain’s 12 trails…they do have good terrain on some slopes, but they also have quite a lot of bare areas and this accessment was quoting snow coverage AND slope openings as a combined recommendation.

** We’d also like to have included Canaan Valley and Timberline, but we just have not had the input that allowed us to include them in our recommendations. You may want to check those out for yourself.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. 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.