All 61 Trails Open At Snowshoe Ahead Of President’s Day Weekend

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Now that it’s February 15, I feel safe breaking some news to you. This is some advice that pro skier Drew Peterson posted yesterday:

Remember, this Valentine’s Day that if you’re not happy single, you won’t be happy in a relationship. Happiness comes from skiing powder, not relationships.

Drew is hilarious online. He posted a new round of Valentine’s Day-related jokes later in the day.

We’re entering the last holiday weekend of the 2023-24 ski season: President’s Day weekend. That means one thing: lift lines are going to be long and the slopes are going to be crowded.

Just remember, be patient out there. Some families have waited all season to get out on the slopes for this weekend. They might not know etiquette, and they might have a gaper gap between their goggles and helmet. But these are all teaching moments to ensure they know the rules of the road the next time they get out on the slopes.

Just like meteorologist Brad Panovich promised, we’re going to see some cold temperatures and natural snow for this weekend. There may be a little bit of snow emerge on late Thursday and early Friday.

While Brad doesn’t foresee North Carolina getting a ton of snow this weekend, it looks like West Virginia and Virginia will get a little bit.

Here’s what else you need to know to ski and snowboard in the southeast today:


Snowmaking is back on at Wisp. The resort has 17 trails open, and 10 lifts. There’s a 14-inch to go make some turns on.

Wisp is holding its third rail jam of the season on February 24. Registration is open from 10 a.m. to noon at the Main Lodge. Then a day later, The Maryland Special Olympics will run until February 27.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

There’s a four day weekend upon us at App. Friday will be a midnight blast night. Grab a ticket for the night session, or grab a half-night ticket to ski and ride from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

There will be moonlight ice skating from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, and App Ski is hosting a progressions session in the AppalTop Terrain Park from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The park will be completely revised and revamped, and have some fresh features for fast progression. The event is open to riders of any age level, and is free to enter. Registration is on-site at the Alpine Ski Shop from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Monday of President’s Day Weekend will feature a 2-for-1 ticket special: buy one ticket now, and get a free one in March. There will also be free ice skating for juniors from 9:30 to 11:30.


The Shoe is 100% open.

“It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day up here and we’re sliding into the holiday weekend with 100% open terrain!” the snow report says. “Partly cloudy skies and sunshine are forecasted making it the perfect day to take in those legendary Appalachian views as you carve your way down the mountain.”

There are 11 of 12 open lifts.


Snowmaking is back on. That started around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, and stopped earlier this morning.

“Between the natural snow and fresh snowmaking, conditions have been refreshed for a light machine groomed surface. Upper Almost Heaven remains closed today, and is planned to reopen before the weekend. White Lightning will remain ungroomed today with a fresh snowmaking snow surface,” the snow report says. “The mid-mountain quad lift will open with a delayed start due to maintenance.”


There’s a 5 to 18-inch base at Wintergreen today. Seventeen slops are open, and four lifts are spinning.

“SnoPower came alive last night and spruced up all our open terrain,” the snow report says. “Conditions include a fresh layer of snow with freshly groomed corduroy. Snow in the forecast for this weekend, it is shaping up to be another great weekend on the mountain.”

Sugar Mountain Resort

There are 20 trails open and five lifts spinning at Sugar. Snowmaking is not in progress, and temperatures are hovering around 40 degrees.

The 2025 Spyder sample sale starts February 21.

Video of the Day

I was too busy making powder turns and taking cat laps the last few days to watch any ski or snowboard films, but we are back with the video of the day in time to lead you into the long weekend.

Arc’teryx presents: Unlikely Duo.

Tom Peiffer and Eric Carter are world-class skiers, but they come from two entirely different worlds. Carter is a ski mountaineering racer – aka he’s a skimo dude. Peiffer is a former Freeride World Tour competitor. They team up in this short film from the dead bird outerwear company.

The Rest

Massanutten and SkiSoutheast will team up to host our summit tomorrow through Sunday. It’s a great way to meet like-minded, snow-loving people, and possibly make some lifelong friends in the process.

Thanks to everyone that has already joined us on Discord.

Think snow!

Think cold!

Click here to join us on our new SkiSoutheast Discord channel. It is a great way to meet new snow loving friends and shares experiences, ask questions, and more!

And as always, email me at [email protected] with your thoughts and photos.

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