Tuesday Looks Like a Great Day to Play Hooky!

Highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s. That means snowmaking will be going on a lot of the day and night. THAT means very nice conditions will be the norm at ski areas across the state. Let’s see – that’s sunny skies, highs in the 30s and snowmaking happening to make for improved conditions where they were needed most. THAT should make for a GREAT day to be on the slopes of your favorite mountain.

We saw a surprise skiff of snow overnight. I used that term in an email response to someone the other day and they wrote back that they didn’t know what that was, nor had they ever heard of the term. I don’t remember where I heard it first but I remember someone telling once that it is of Scottish etymology and that it meant "to pass lightly over". All that is to say we had a dusting, okay!?! Some are probably now going to write me asking "what the heck is etymology"?

Look it up. It will do you good.

Moving on to the notables for today.

"SNOWMAKING" is the word for today. Everybody’s doing it. Most will probably make snow as long as temps allow.

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Appalachian is blasting away this morning and should be in MARVELOUS shape today with 100% of their terrain open. They are at 23° this morning and looking very nice. 
 
BIG STUFF is happening at Appalachian Ski Mountain this weekend!
Appalachian Ski Mtn and App Terrain Park are excited to announce that one of the 4 stops for the Salomon Jib Academy in North America is right here in NC! Thats right, the Salomon Jib Academy is back and better than ever for its second season, and will be going down at ATP this Saturday, February 23rd.

The Salomon Jib Academy is a series of Slopestyle events for athletes 16 years old or younger. Each event is FREE for participants and includes coaching from Salomons best freestyle athletes on the globe. Riders will be put in to groups in the morning with pro coaches to session some of the best terrain parks in the country. Athletes will then vote for the skier in their group that they think should receive a spot in the afternoons final throw down. Voting is based not just on skill, but attitude, sportsmanship, style, who is having the most fun, etc!

Now for the icing on the cake- Like last year, each winner from the US stops will earn a trip to Mammoth to ski and chill with the best freeski team in the world, Salomon! In Mammoth you will get to see what its like to participate in a private night shoot, live with pro athletes for a week and film in various projects! Youll also find out which Salomon athlete has the best bowling game! It doesnt get any better than this.

You can register online for the Jib academy HERE , be sure to sign up no matter what your ability, registration is for all skiers age 16 or younger! Its free and simple to sign up, and will definitely be a session to remember, so get registering guys and girls!

Cataloochee is at 28° this morning and making snow. They have 11 trails open and they are reporting their tubing hill as open today as well. Typically they are closed mid week, but they have it open today. 

<The Nest is looking nice this morning. Check out that grooming!

Hawksnest Resort is at 19° this morning and making great snow. The live webcam also showed evidence of some SWEET grooming by Lenny and/or Vance this morning. They look really VERY nice this morning (the slopes!) and they’ll offer 9 trails, terrain features, and snow tubing for today. 

Ski Beech – They are at 19° this morning and they made about an inch of new manmade snow overnight according to their report. They have recovered nicely from what conditions looked like just 24 hours ago. It is always amazing to see what some great snowmaking temps can do. Beech has significantly improved their snowmaking ability this season and they look very nice this morning. No bare spots showing. They have 9 trails open, terrain park and ice skating.

Sugar Mountain was the first ski area in the state to begin making snow yesterday (Surprise there huh?) and they made it all night and are making snow right now and will as long as temps allow. I’m going to borrow one of Snowshoe Mountain’s Laura Parquette statements this morning and say that Sugar looks good enough to skip out of the office, call in sick and make some turns! Darn that looks nice this morning! They have 19 trails, snow tubing and ice skating open today.

Wolf Ridge is at 32° this morning and making so much snow that they are creating their own cloud over there! They have closed the terrain park for today and are offering 14 trails and as of the morning report are saying "we are open to the top as of this report". That hints that they may close it for focused snow making, etc…so we’d suggest calling ahead. They are self-reporting some thin coverage for today.

The weekend ahead is looking interesting. Right now it is borderline as to whether we’ll see some light snow or drizzle/freezing rain. We’ll keep you informed so check back.

Enjoy your day…

Until Next time…

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. 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.