Winter FREEZE or Winter TEASE? –

Instead of the "WINTER FREEZE" 2004-2005 has been a lot of "Winter TEASE"!

The Virginia’s are getting snow this morning and although conditions were in place for us to get at least a little dusting…instead, we are seeing light rain this morning. That will be the story of this winter unless some phenomenal end to the season rewrites the script. Even though we’ve had some mild temps along the way…we’ve also had weather patterns in place that could have brought much more snow than we have actually received all along the Southeast. It just hasn’t worked out that way. Ski Beech’s 41" thus far on the season is way below the 61" that we had at this point last season. More telling is the fact that to date, Appalachian Ski Mountain has only seen 14" of natural snow thus far…and at the same point last season they had seen nearly 57" of snow. That is a strong example of how this winter’s weather has hugged the western slopes and been stingy with the eastern side of the mountains.

According to the weather gurus out there…they are seeing a continuing of more of the same in the way of systems setup that could bring us those late season snows that we’re used to and we can hold out hope that we’ll get a few nice ones before it’s all over.

After this little bit of agonizing light drizzle clears out today (and it will), we’re in for a great weekend. Tonight’s lows will drop down plenty cold enough for every snowgun in the country to roar. Expect that to happen THE MOMENT that temperatures allow…as temperatures will fall to around 23° overnight. We have some more chances of a light dusting of snow tonight as the cold air arrives.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday look to be BEAUTIFUL days to be on the slopes. There’s plenty of top-to-bottom, side-to-side coverage and with added snowmaking tonight and each night over the weekend…conditions will be VERY NICE out no matter which North Carolina resort you call your favorite. It should be a great weekend at the resorts.

More frustration…or SNOW!!?? – All we’re going to say is that there is SUPPOSED to be some "stronger" weather systems in place that are SUPPOSED to bring us better chances of snow next week. That’s it. That’s ALL we’re going to say. Maybe the reverse jinx will make it happen. Let’s keep this a secret. Nobody talks about this one, okay? Agreed!

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. Today and Friday are also Fire and Rescue Appreciation Days and all fire and rescue personnel and their families with valid i.d. will receive a lift ticket for only $15 or lift and rental and optional free beginner lesson for only $20 during day, twilight, or night skiing sessions.

Ski Beech – Today, and every Thursday, is Men’s Day when men ski with a complimentary slope ticket.

Sugar Mountain – Tubing closed.

High Country Race Series – Thanks to Jeff Johnson for bringing us up to speed on the results from Sugar this past weekend. We have a special treat planned for you guys and we’ll try to debut that information sometime today or Friday. Suffice to say that we have some talented kids who are participating in the racing series that can really burn up the slopes! More to come soon!

Congratulations to Lindsea Lumpkin! – Speaking of competition…Lindsea Lumpkin, the SkiNC sponsored wonderkin Snowboarding princess is going to the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain! We’ve been telling you guys that this little gal was going places and that she is! The USASA Nationals are being held April 2-8 and right now Lindsea is ranked 3rd in the Nation in two events. They are hoping to her into a wild card spot in two other events. She’s a bonafide contender for a National Championship! Best of skills to Lindsea and GO TEAM SkiNC!

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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.