There is only ONE ski resort in the state of North Carolina open for skiing and riding today and that is Sugar Mountain. Cataloochee is closed – working within it’s normal early-season schedule wherein they are closed on Mondays. Cataloochee will be open on Tuesday.
Sugar Mountain is not only open, they made enough snow to open to the top of the mountain and that means that four trails are operating and they ARE open for Day Skiing and Night Skiing as well.
With so little to share this morning, we are consolidating reports for both SkiNC and SkiSoutheast.com this morning. That means that we need to share with you guys that Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is also open today and with a base of 16-20”. Andrea Smith of Snowshoe reports that at 7am this morning the temperature was 6°! She reports, “A total of almost 200 snow guns were going overnight, including many at the soon to open Silver Creek area. Temperatures are ideal for snowmaking and some natural snowfall is expected to move in to help us ready more trails in preparation for this weekend’s Demo Days Celebration. Spruce Glades is expected to open next and then on to Wiffletree and the Ballhooter lift–stay tuned for more info. All five open trails were groomed overnight and we have mostly packed frozen granular conditions. The Skidder and Grabhammer lifts will be running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The terrain garden on Whistlepunk is open with one flat rail. Please be aware of snow guns on open trails as you enjoy early season skiing and riding.”
Appalachian has posted a message on their website this morning that says, “Closed Until Further Notice”. That isn’t nearly as foreboding as it sounds. That “further notice” will certainly be prior to this weekend. Appalachian is making snow to beat the band. The temp over at App this morning at 8:30am is 15° so some premium snowmaking is happening there as well.
It’s safe to say that every resort in the region is making snow this morning! We clicked over to view the live cams at Hawksnest and Wolf Ridge. Those two waited until last night to crank up for the season and it’s great to see the snow flying at those two popular resorts. People – it won’t be long now!
The forecast looks great for lots of snowmaking this week and that should mean more resort openings over the next few days, more terrain at those resorts and we can now hopefully get the 2006-2007 season in full gear.
Thanks to Dave McConnell for his newest “Dave’s Raves – and Rants” story. Be sure to check that out today. He’s sounding pretty frustrated with the weather. We can share in his frustrations, huh? Maybe this new weather trend will stick around and make for a great mid December to April run!
Focusing on New Content
We been really applying a lot of new content to SkiSoutheast.com over the last few days. We’ll be putting some tweaks into SkiNC.com as well, but be sure to check out the material on SkiSoutheast.com. We added a ton of great links, and more is to come. I was especially intrigued by the Cross Country Skiing information. Now if we can just get some natural snow in here!
We’ve had a ton of entries in the new contests and we’ll be announcing some winners later today. We’ve haven’t chosen any winners yet…so be sure to enter!
Until Next Time…
THINK COLD – THINK SNOW!
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