A Slope Refresh On The Way

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A slope refresh is on the way.

Today is going to be a bit of a waiting game for the mountain operation crews before they work their magic over the next day and change.

This morning is kind of yucky ahead of a cold front as we had a steady and even heavy at times rain. The rain started late on Tuesday evening and continued throughout the night.

Cataloochee received over two inches of rain over the past 24 hours, while Ober Gatlinburg was in the inch and a half territory. The High Country resorts received just under an inch.

The rain tallies weren’t as heavy for the northern resorts as Snowshoe received just under a half inch of rain.

That rain, however, will be out of here by midday – some places are even drying out now except for a few showers here or there.

Once the cold front moves through, temperatures will drop from where we are this morning to the 20’s and 10’s tonight.

That fall will allow the mountain op crews to work their magic as they will crank up snowmaking operations and in several places be able to crank out snow until Friday morning.

It is shaping up to be a pretty sweet snowmaking window that will set the resorts up with pretty sweet conditions for this time of year.

Wednesday will feature six resorts open for skiing and riding.

Here is a quick look at where they stand this morning.

App Ski Mountain – App is playing on eight trails with four lifts spinning. They are reporting a groomed surface with a 25-56″ base.

Beech Mountain – Beech is reporting a 22-58″ base with groomed conditions. They are offering 10 slopes for riding which are serviced by three lifts.

Today’s featured image is from this weekend’s Southern Rails event at Beech Mountain. I thought this was a sweet shot of the crowd and even some hijinks.  

Cataloochee – Cat has three lifts servicing six trails this morning. They are reporting a 12-34″ base with a groomed surface.

Snowshoe Mountain – The ‘Shoe is offering groomed conditions with a 65″ base. They are riding on 16 trails with three lifts spinning.

Sugar Mountain – Sugar is open for both day and night sessions with eight trails and four lifts in operation. They are playing on an 18-48″ base with a loose and frozen granular surface.

Wisp Resort – The Maryland resort is riding on a groomed and variable surface atop a 24″ base. They currently have eight trails with four lifts in operation.

As a note, all six resorts will crank up snowmaking operations as soon as conditions allow so be on the lookout for that.

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times this week, but even after the rain overnight, there is still plenty of snow to play on, and things are looking pretty fantastic for the weekend.

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


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