Thin coverage and bare spots. All Four Open Resorts Have Them.

Sugar Mountain Resort will make a decision at noon about whether or not to open for night sessions.

Only Sugar Mountain Resort is reporting them, but all four open ski resorts have them. Temperatures on Friday reached into the mid-to-UPPER 60s under brilliant, sunny skies and those temps combined with skier and snowboarder traffic to eat away at already limited base depths at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Cataloochee Ski Area, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort.

All ski areas with the exception of Appalachian dropped their reported base depths by a few inches. All four open resorts are showing “wear and tear” in the form of lots of brown patches showing through what was “snowy white” just two days ago.

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Appalachian Ski Mountain and Cataloochee Ski Area will both be open for day & night sessions today (Saturday) but Beech Mountain has opted for day sessions only today and Sugar Mountain (in something of an out-of-the-norm surprise) will be making a decision at NOON today as to whether or not they will be open for night sessions.

Appalachian and Sugar are both offering ice skating sessions today and Cataloochee has the only tubing hill open at this time.

All four ski areas are showing thin coverage and some bare spots and with temps pushing into the mid-to-upper 60s again today expect more to appear.

Based on what we are seeing right now and with one eye on the weather forecast, we’re thinking that there will likely be a resort closure or two after Sunday’s sessions. We’ll see and we’ll keep you up to date.

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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.