The Last Day of the Year Will be the Mildest of December! Cold ahead!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It doesn’t feel like just four or five days ago that we were in the midst of a huge snowstorm that dumped as much as 19" of snow on the resorts of the state. Beech saw 19" and some of the resorts over near Asheville picked up as much as 21"!

The last day of the year will be the mildest day of what has been a cold December as we’ll start the day in the 40s pretty much everywhere and it should stay dry til later when around midnight we’ll see some light rain developing. The first day of 2011 may be a little wet.

A lot of people have emailed me asking about snow totals thus far on the season and bear in mind that you can get that information all in one place at the click of a mouse button on our snow reports page. However since it’s the last day of the year, here’s where the December snows have fallen so far on the season.

Note that Beech has already seen 84% of their normal/average snowfall on the entire season and yet we’ve still got 2.5-3 months of season to go!

Beech Mountain Resort – 67.1"
Sugar Mountain – 58.4"
Wolf Ridge Resort – 56"
Appalachian Ski Mountain – 45"
Cataloochee Ski Area – 42"
Sapphire Valley Ski Area – 12.5"

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 36° – 100% open with all 12 trails and groomed conditions with all three terrain parks and ice skating.

Beech Mountain Resort – 40° – 100% open with all 15 trails, terrain park and snow tubing as well as ice skating on an accurate "wet snow and packed" surface.

Cataloochee ski Area – 40° – 100% open with all 16 trails and groomed conditions with terrain park and snow tubing open.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area – 41° – 100% open with both trails and snow tubing on groomed conditions.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort – 41° – 100% open with all 20 trails, ice skating, terrain park and snow tubing. They are reporting loose and frozen granular conditions.

Wolf Ridge Resort – 44° – Open with 17 of 20 trails and snow tubing. They posted, "Its Friday December 31st and another great day to experience the Wolf. The weather is perfect at 44 degrees and 17 runs and 4 lifts are open all day until 10.00 PM. THE LODGE STEAK & RIB RESTAURANT at the Upper Lodge is now open."

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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.