This has been a funny winter! As we wind down for these last few days to weeks of ski season 2005-2006 it is safe to say that it has been one for the history/record books. By all accounts it has been a GREAT one in terms of skier traffic! Several, if not all of the ski areas will have set single season attendance records by the time they pull the ropes across the slopes for the last time this season. Some of the ski areas have received close to normal snow totals for the season and Wisp Resort in
I bring these figures up because we have seen several emails in the last few days from people writing us that this has not been that great of a winter. Actually it HAS been rather good in terms of snow totals, and it has been GREAT in terms of skier visits. I’ll bet that every ski area management team is quite happy with the accounting numbers for the season.
What this Winter HAS been is one of perfectly timed temperatures and snows that have come just after small-to-medium stretches of mild temps. Just when the slopes would begin to look a little worn at some ski areas, we’d get a blast of cold air or some well timed snow. The North Carolina ski areas probably had the toughest times keeping good conditions all season…but they HAVE done so with only a brief few days (maybe 7-10) of conditions that might be labeled “spotty”. The rest of the season has been quite good.
Wisp Resort in
So all in all…this has been a VERY NICE ski season thus far!
Is it Over???
Not so fast…say several ski areas. Others are not revealing their cards just yet. All are keeping a watchful eye on the weather and their base depths. The forecast for the next 7-10 days isn’t looking very good for some of the ski areas that are already showing conditions that resemble “just-before-closing-Spring-like conditions”. The best in
The weather is expected to “mild up” with each passing day through the long range forecast. Tuesday should be variably cloudy with a high around 44°. Tuesday night COULD be a snowmaking night for the resorts that want to as temps will dip to 25°. That MAY be the last night we will see snowmaking ops for the next several days. Wednesday should be mild and sunny with a high of 53°. Thursday 58°. Friday 62° and Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the mid 60s. There’s even a 20-30% chance of some additional rain on Friday.
If we get some colder air in here early next week, App will be able to make a little snow if they want and potentially make their target closing date of March 26th. Without some colder air into next week…even App will have a hard time making their “Meltdown Games” weekend. They have at least two feet of snow across all nine trails and they have perfect, late season snow right now.
Cataloochee, which is now into their late season scheduling is CLOSED TODAY, but will reopen tomorrow and probably has the next best snow in the state right now. They too are planning to ski right to their target date of March 26th…and the operative phrase here is WEATHER PERMITTING.
Hawksnest is CLOSED til Friday. They too are into their late season schedule. They typically close after one or two weekends of “weekend only” skiing. They have decent snow right now…but they didn’t make snow Saturday night when they could have so they may be ready to right what they have until it’s time to close up. They will reopen – weather permitting Friday.
Ski Beech is looking pretty nice this morning with 1.5” of snow. They also made snow this weekend that covered up some thin coverage areas of late last week and things are looking quite GREAT for today. Expect good conditions for the next day or two and then those areas will begin to reappear as temps mild up into the 60s by the end of the week. We called Beech this morning and Gil Adams told us that they will make snow tonight and will keep on trucking as long as it makes sense to do so.
Wolf Laurel has CLOSED despite some reporting websites still claiming them as open. THEY ARE CLOSED for this week, and are planning to reopen Friday – WEATHER PERMITTING. Don’t be surprised to see them announce later in the week that they too have a called it quits until next November-December.
Bryce Resort in
Wintergreen Resort says, “Winter’s not over yet! We will be making snow whenever conditions permit to add to our average base of 44-60". With this much snow, we plan on skiing and riding through March and right into our Wicked Huge Park Party, April 1st and 2nd. Today, we have 24 freshly groomed trails open and 4 lifts will be running. The bumps on Upper Wild Turkey are in great shape, come check them out. The Plunge is open today with 2 hour sessions starting at 2 pm for some thrilling tubing.
Last season by this point we had NOT had a very good season and it took a fast finishing kick by Old Man Winter that brought some mid and late season snows that made for a nice finish. Last week at this very time…we saw lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s with more than a foot of snow during the week. That isn’t happening THIS week ahead and who knows what the weather will bring past this coming Sunday.
We’ll keep you posted…
Until Next Time!
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