Up to 2.5

Okay my snow loving friend with the first name of Brad…where’s that 4" of snow up on Beech? To his credit, meteorologist Brad Panovich DID call for more snow from this little storm than most did, but Beech is reporting the most snow from overnight with a total accumulation of 2.5". The rest of the area saw little more than a dusting. Sugar reports .5"

Here’s the details as I’m in a hurry to get on the road this morning. I, my snow loving friends, am headed to Snowshoe today for a media weekend and I’ll think about my beloved mountains as I carve my way through 17" of new snow that has fallen since Monday!

APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN – 17° – one-half inch of snow – App made 5" of machine made snow and they will have superb conditions for today with 3 trails and 2 lifts in operation. They also offer ice skating and several terrain park features on the slopes. Don’t miss App’s new Fresh Friday events. See the story on the front page and also visit>

CATALOOCHEE – 17° – Trace of snow – On Thursday, The Cat will be skiing on six slopes with 2 aerial lifts and 2 surface lifts, Intermediate Lower Omigosh, serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift, Beginners Easy Way, Beginner Over Easy, and Beginners Rabbit Hill serviced by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift, the Wolf Creek Hollow Ski School Area serviced by the Moving Carpet Conveyor Lift and Beginner’s Luck Learning Area serviced by the Moving Carpet Conveyor lift on a base of 20-28 inches and a machine worked surface. They are riding from 1pm-10pm today!

Snow tubing enthusiasts will want to note that Cataloochee has began making snow on their Tube World park. They hope to open it by December 15th.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN – 13° – Reporting one-quarter inch of snow! – Sugar has a state leading seven trails to ride on today with what should be great conditions on a base of 10-36" of machine made snow.

THE REST ARE PREPARING TO OPEN AND HERE’S THE DETAILS:

HAWKSNEST – 13° – Trace of snow – Hawksnest is blasting their slopes with snowmaking and plan to open on Friday.

SAPPHIRE VALLEY – They are making snow and plan to open December 21st.

SKI BEECH – 11° – They received 2.5" of natural snow and are making snow like crazy preparing for their Friday opening. (See announcement on the front page for details.) The high today up on Beech should stay in the 20s so snowmaking efforts should reward visitors with a great first day tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll see some sweet first day corduroy.

WOLF RIDGE – They reported one-half inch of snow and they are making snow and will announce their opening very soon!

REPORTING SUPERLATIVES…

Special thanks to Kevin Stewart up at Snowshoe, Rob Story (again at Snowshoe) and Tripp & Bonnie Chiles for a great report from Cataloochee…and Anthony Clemons for his super report from Sugar.

People you need to check out the photos of the day from these guys. You can see ALL of the Photos of the Day for each resort for this and several years back back simply clicking on YOUR favorite ski area and then PHOTOS OF THE DAY in the right side column! SUPER PICS came in from yesterday for Cataloochee, Sugar, and Snowshoe.

Get out and snap us some great pics, send those videos and trail reports from YOUR favorite hill to [email protected]  

To see the snow totals, photos of the day and more reports from all of the rest of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Resorts, visit www.SkiSoutheast.com  

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