Thursday Morning Updates

 have a very busy schedule this morning so I am posting this update to both and, hence the reference to additional coverage areas.

Thus far we’re seeing only a good dusting of snow around most areas of the High Country. The most being reported right now is Ski Beech with 1" of snow thus far at about 8am. You can tell looking at the live cams that Appalachian in Blowing Rock has had a light dusting thus far, Ski Beech has had about one inch as of 8:15am, and there is a good dusting to 1/2 inch around Sugar, Banner Elk and other areas of the High Country. If you have a moment, Email me at: [email protected] and provide us with accurate snow tallies at your location.

Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia has also reported about 1-2" thus far today. The rest of the region from Western North Carolina through the Virginias, West Virginia and Maryland are all reporting a light dusting to about an inch of snow thus far.

We actually had some brilliant blue skies and sun popping through for a few minutes at 8am…and now it has clouded back up and is snowing pretty good as of this report.

Here’s some resort news and specials for today

CATALOOCHEE – Thursday is Ladies Day and all ladies will receive a free any level ski or snowboard lesson with a full price day, twilight or night lift ticket. Also, our biggest and best season pass sale ever begins on Monday, February 21 with season pass prices being the lowest of this year and next. All passes purchased on or after the 21st will be good for skiing or riding for the rest of this season and for the 2005-2006 season! And our blowout $96.50 midweek season pass will be on sale for one day only, Sunday February 27th from 8:30am – 4:30pm, in conjunction with Oldies 96.5 radio. So don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to save.

Tube World and Wee Bowl Snowplay Area located in Maggie Valley, across from Ghost Town, four miles from the ski area is open for tubing from 4pm until 10pm with 1hour and 45 minute sessions available beginning at 4, 6, and 8pm and is on a first come first served basis. Cost for tubing is $20 per session and you must be 42” tall to ride alone. There is no two person tubing allowed at Tube World. Parking for Tube World is located across the street in the Ghost Town parking lot. For kids under the 42” height requirement, we offer Wee Bowl Snowplay Area for a cost of $5 per 1 and forty five hour session.

HAWKSNEST – The new snowboard park is ready to test your skills. The Park has 30, 20 & 10 foot tabletop, 3 foot mini quarterpipe, 10(2), 15 & 20 foot flat rails, 28 foot flat down flat rail, 24 foot up flat down rail, 18 foot flat down rail, 30 foot rainbow rail, 25 foot up flat rail. 13 rails & kickers for your enjoyment.

Extreme Snowboard competition February 26th.
Burn Energy drink snowboard competition March 5th

Snow Tubing has 6 lanes open, come experience the longest tubing lanes in the South. The Snow Tubing lift is the longest "moving sidewalk" in the U.S. Check out our webcam to watch your friends, you should be here too.

SKI BEECH – Today, men get a complimentary slope ticket and $15.00 ski rentals

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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.