The Early Returns from Ski Beech say that they are WINNING Visitors with Great Conditions!

The weather will be on the "iffy" side today as the region will include some light, misty mixed precip that should change over to snow later in the day although no accumulation is expected. There’s a chance for some dusting of snow on Saturday and this weekend looks fabulous with highs in the low to mid 30s and lows in the teens. That will make for great snowmaking temps and we expect most resorts will make snow but perhaps not on terrain that is open for skiing and snowboarding.

We’re working on some cameras today, so I’m going to hop into then important news and then we’ll update you on some additional news later in the day.

Cataloochee Ski Area gets the top billing this morning as they are conducting their annual "Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive" this Sunday. Tammy Brown writes, "Don’t forget that Sunday, December 7 will be our 7th Annual Can- U-Ski Food and Coat Drive. In conjunction with Haywood Christian Ministries, Cataloochee Ski Area seeks to help with this year’s increased need for food and warm winter coats for special families throughout our region. We ask all Cataloochee skiers and snowboarders to bring at least 10 cans of food or a winter jacket of any size that is in good condition to the ski area on Sunday, December 7th and you will receive your lift ticket on that Sunday for FREE! Skiing on that day will be from 8:30am – until 4:30pm and rentals and lessons are not included. It’s a $51 value!"

…not to mention you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that you’re helping people that need it!


We’ve already reported about how Ski Beech has rededicated itself to vastly improving their product this season and from the "early returns" they are winning people over with what many have emailed us as "the best conditions in years". We posted a photo posted by "thekenDog" from the messageboard after his visit to Beech Mountain on Wednesday.

He writes, "Beech provided some SICK corduroy and with hardly anybody there it was a bluebird day on the slopes!"

"DavidSki" also posted, "I was out all day with my sons; just got back home and am to tired to post it now but I have some pictures that I’ll throw in a seperate thread (on the messageboard).

Anyway, fully concur with everything KENDOG said –it was a great day on the top to bottom they had open, and nearly empty, and like you say, no guns blowing during the day even in the early cold. Also no, I mean NO bare spots in the terrain they had open, not so much as a pebble to avoid all day! Beech has absolutely stepped it up."

Darlene A emailed, "I’ve kept up with all of the negative that went on over the last couple of years up at Ski Beech and I wanted to report that I was at Beech on Wednesday with my two sisters and I have not seen conditions like we rode today at Beech in a decade. My heart started pumping from the moment I walked up the hill and saw what was waiting for us to play on – perfectly groomed slopes from top to bottom! Beech has won me back!"

That is the sentiment from several other emailers including "Mellow Yellow" who is one of our messageboard mods. He added, "…Beech has won back my money! I’ll be there on Saturday I think…"

That is great news to all fans of Ski Beech. (Check out the front page photo of the day for a GREAT shot from the bottom of Beech.)

Check the slope report for all of the conditions and slope openings for all ski areas. We’ll be posting some more news a little later today so be sure to check back.

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Mike Doble
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.