A Little Snow With A Whole Lot Of Sunshine For Thursday

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A little snow and sunshine highlight our Thursday.

Overnight, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, and Timberline received about an inch of natural snow for a nice kickoff to the day.

It is a beautiful morning at Canaan Valley.
Snowshoe is ready to play this morning.

The rest of the area may have missed out on the snow this time, but there will be abundant sunshine and good times to be had.

It was a mixed bag on who was able to crank up snowmaking operations last night, but conditions are looking pretty awesome for our Thursday (or our little Friday as we affectionately call Thursday here in the office).

There were just a couple of tweaks over on the ski report this morning (you can check that out by visiting the Snow Reports page).

A few of the notable changes:

  • Canaan Valley upped their trail count to 21 as they have been doing some focused snowmaking this week, which has led to some temporary trail closings.
  • Omni Homestead is resuming operations today after their scheduled midweek break. They are opening with nine trails and two lifts in operation. The resort’s Lynn Swan sent over an awesome Throwback Thursday tidbit – which I will share a little later.
  • Interestingly, Omni Homestead is at 100% open for the ski area, and their renowned golf course, the Old Course, is also open today.
  • Massanutten Resort has sold out of online day session tickets for this upcoming Saturday. Be sure to purchase lift tickets in advance if possible.
  • If the Super Bowl isn’t your thing, Sunday night might be a prime time to make some turns. Historically, resorts have lower crowds on Sunday nights.
  • Today’s featured image is from Cataloochee Ski Area from the top of the mountain.

Things are looking incredible for this weekend as we are watching the Saturday night to Sunday night window closely for a chance of natural snow.

We are going to have a mildish couple of days before a front moves through late Saturday and Sunday.

The backside of that may bring some natural snow Saturday night and Sunday morning – with the potential for a quick burst Sunday night as well.

Our own Brad Panovich will probably be checking in before the weekend with his latest Skier’s Forecast so keep an eye out for that.

As I mentioned earlier, Lynn shared a couple of awesome Throwback Thursday photos of the former trestle car lift.

The former trestle car lift at Omni Homestead.

Lynn wrote:

“When our ski area first opened in 1959, we had a 3,200 foot trestle car constructed. Designed the by Snowmobile, Inc., of North Conway, New Hampshire. At the time, it was considered to be the safest and most efficient type of lift. Skiers would walk up to the lift with their skis in hand, sit down and ride up the mountain with their skis placed behind them. In the early 1980s, the Borvig double chairlift replaced the trestle car lift.”

A photo of the trestle car lift loading area.

Really cool. I love history and stuff like this fascinates me.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!

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