After a Georgeous Saturday We’ll See a Wet Sunday Across the North Carolina Ski Mountains!

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My man, Meteorologist Marcus Lynch has been providing accurate daily updates on this website all season and we have really appreciated his dedicated, daily updates this season. We’re not ecstatic over today’s forecast, but into every life a bit of rain must fall.

After a stellar Saturday with clear skies and chilly temps, today is going to be a dreadful one with rain, thunderstorms and some gusty winds thrown in just to make it a little bit worse! It’s a bummer of a day to try to carve some turns, but I’ll bet there is some already hitting the slopes as I type this morning report!

It’s snowing (or at least more of a snow mix) further north as some of our Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland buddies have seen from 1-6” of snow overnight. Check out  for that full report.

Here in our gorgeous Western North Carolina Mountains it will be a wet Sunday according to Marcus. Here’s his assessment, “It will be a wet Sunday with possible thunderstorms and highs in the upper 40’s. As temperatures cool down into the upper 20’s Sunday night, a rain/snow mix may linger into early Monday. Skies will be mostly cloudy on Monday with more sunshine Tuesday and highs in the low 40’s.

Here’s Today Top News and Information

Tim Bryant of Wolf Ridge dropped me a line late last night to let me know that Boone, NC’s own, Ross Rowen (pictured) captured 1st place during their 2nd Slopeside Comp on Saturday. He wrote, “Ross Rowen, of Boone NC took home the top cash prize of $500 by winning Wolf Ridge Ski Resort’s second slope competition of the year. There were 26 riders and 3 skiers from Appalachian, Cataloochee, Hawksnest, Mountain Creek and Wolf Ridge. The park crew completely reworked Park Place Terrain Park on the new Boardwalk Slope for today’s competition. Special thanks to Breakaway, Scenic Wolf, Flipside Skate Shop, Ski Country Sports, Zero Gravity Skate Park, Disciple Gloves for the cash prizes and swag!”

Tim added, “Mike – the competition went great – perfect weather, great conditions and some kids willing to give it their all for the prize. The park was in great shape and the new layout worked well.”

We’ll look for some more photos from Tim soon and we’ll post those as we get them.

The Rain May Dampen Your Ski Gear, But Heck Check Out the Events Planned for Sunday: 

Cataloochee Ski Area will host the very first HotMonoski Demo Day – Thierry Tailhardat and company with HotMonoski are committed to bringing the new sliding sensation, monoskiing to the southeast and he will be here on Sunday, February 25 from 10am-4:30pm with a variety of Duret monoski products to demo. (That thing looks a lot like what Jasen Vioral of SkiNC has been doing for years. The only difference is that Jasen’s bindings aren’t side by side! Those things will allow you to get p-r-e-t-t-y low to the ground.)

Hawksnest Ski Resort – They are hosting the first annual High Country King of the Hill competition . Snowboarders and skiers will compete for cash prizes down Sock Em Dog on a course designed by Richard Rominger. Registration is from 9-11am. Race starts at noon. The entry fee is $20. Discounted lift tickets are available for $30. Awards ceremony will follow at 4:30pm in the Nest Lounge. Come join us for the celebration. Music will be provided by Break Bread.

Over at Sapphire Valley they will be holding some races of a more unique nature. They host the FIRST ANNUAL "LATRINES for TEENS” OUTHOUSE RACE at Sapphire Valley Ski area. Race your outhouse complete with toilet bowl to victory!! Sunday, February 25 starting with a parade of all outhouse entries at Noon. Call 828.508.2688 for entry and info.

Sugar Mountain will be celebrating a wet Sugar Bear Birthday Bash. They will host The Great Bear Race at 11:45am. Star the Clown will be there 12:15pm. Enjoy Cake & Ice Cream at 12:45pm and NASTAR will be at 1:00pm.


We have several whitewater enthusiasts among our regular visitors. Mark McKelvy and Dave McConnell come to mind first as I know Mark dropped by my office a week or so ago one day after spending the entire day rafting. A lot of us snow enthusiasts are really OUTDOOR enthusiasts all year long and we want to make you aware of the new Adventure Sports Center that will be opening in the Spring up in Garrett County, Maryland. They will provide a truly amazing, artificial whitewater course, rock climbing and more.

We are aware of the course in Charlotte and that is great as well, but you’ll want to check this one out because it is not only the world’s ONLY mountaintop whitewater course, it is to be the home of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. Check out the video on the front of and CLICK HERE FOR THE FEATURE STORY.

Until Next Time…


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