2 to 4″ of Snow Fell Saturday Making for Great Conditions Sunday!

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The snow fell hard early on Saturday and once it stopped at about 1pm or so, it left from 2-4” across all of the resorts of North Carolina .  Flurries were reported throughout the day and last night but no additional accumulation was picked up.  So we’ll have to hand it to Meteorologist Brad Panovich as he nailed the forecast as he began calling for 3-5” of snow as early as Wednesday evening.  More wintry weather is in the forecast for tonight and the first part of the week…although right now it looks like we’ll see maybe another 1-2” of snow or mixed precip. 

Sunday will be one beautiful day to ski or snowboard.  That will delight the huge crowds here for President’s Day Weekend. The earlier you can get out the better today!!!

Here’s some notes of interest:

Appalachian Ski Mountain picked up about 2” of natural snow yesterday and that takes them to 29” of snow on the season.  They also made snow and conditions will be phenomenal on Sunday.

Cataloochee Ski Area got their phone problems repaired early Saturday morning so their communication nightmare was resolved quickly.  Cat made snow and they also received 2” of new natural snow and they have now received 55” of snow on the season!  They are 100% open today and since this is a holiday weekend, they WILL be open for night skiing tonight as well.

Hawksnest Resort did not make snow and allowed their visitors to enjoy the hill unabated by snowguns.  Hawksnest received right at 4” of new snow and that takes them to 52” on the season.  11 of 12 trails are open plus their popular tubing park.  The only trail not open as yet is Old Blue.  Expect perfect conditions at Hawksnest today.

Sapphire has not updated with any reporting service since Friday.  You can bet the conditions are very nice however.  Two trails will be operating today and the Frozen Falls Tubing Area.

Ski Beech received 4” of natural snow on Saturday and conditions will be packed powder and frozen granular in all 15 trails.  They will have 8 lifts operating and one of those is their high speed quad which will help to move those huge President’s Day weekend crowds!  Ski Beech has received a state-leading 59” of natural snowfall on the season thus far.

Wolf Laurel Ski Resort is in beautiful shape today after 2” fell on Saturday.  That takes them to 33” of snow on the season and they are in great shape for today with all 12 trails operating.  The great little family resort is enjoying a phenomenal season and conditions will be super sweet today!

Go get ‘em!  If you get out early you can make a few turns without much of a lift line!  By mid morning expect lift lines!

Until Next Time!

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