A Rainy Thanksgiving-eve

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It’s almost turkey time.

It is hard to believe we are just one day away from Thanksgiving, and now the season is in full swing. Thanksgiving-eve, however, is going to be a wet one this morning as rain is falling across the region.

Snowshoe said it best in their snow report this morning with “we’ve got a wild, wonderful, windy and last-but-not-least wet Wednesday in store for us.” Pretty accurate description if you ask me.

A rainy Snowshoe this morning.

There are five resorts are playing on the snow today as Appalachian, Beech Mountain, Cataloochee, Snowshoe, and Sugar are open for skiing.

The rain and warmth has taken an inch or so off the bases, but there is still plenty of snow on the respective mountains. I don’t think we can #ThankASnowmaker enough especially this time of the year.

Let’s take a quick look at the conditions (in alphabetical order) at five this morning.

Appalachian has a 23-31” base with a soft granular surface. They have eight slopes and four lifts open and will be open for skiing. They will also open ice skating on Thanksgiving Day.

Beech Mountain is playing on an 8-24” base. Five slopes and three lifts are open with a groomed surface.

(Brian Dix did an awesome trip report from this weekend at Beech Mountain. Check out his trip report here.)

Cataloochee posted this great photo on Facebook.

Cataloochee is offering three sessions of skiing today – including their first night session of the season. Five slopes and three lifts are open in Maggie Valley with an 18-35” base on a groomed surface.

Snowshoe continues to impress as they have a 55” base with what they are calling wet snow. They are playing on 11 slopes serviced by three lifts.

Today’s featured photo is from Steve Skarupa at Snowshoe Mountain over the weekend. Read his story on opening weekend – including some incredible photos – by clicking here.

Sugar Mountain is playing on seven slopes and three lifts with a 17-32” base. Ice skating is set to open at noon today.

As I mentioned up top, it is a rainy morning, but it does look like it will clear out later this afternoon. Once the front moves through today, the winds will pick up and Thanksgiving looks really nice with sunny and windy conditions.

All eyes are on Sunday night and Monday as some snow and cold could be on the way. As we saw early in the month, it just takes one cold snap and a little natural snow to get the slopes in peak condition.

Until next time, #THINKSNOW!

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