An “Ugh” Thursday… But Winter Returns This Weekend

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After a great start to 2020, we take a turn to the “ugh” side for a couple of days.

The first day of the new decade was incredibly nice on the slopes across the region – including some light ambiance snow at some of the northern resorts. Conditions were also enhanced as most resorts were able to make snow to refreshen the slopes.

It was a great start to the year.

Justin Harris of Canaan Valley shared these great photos of the action and friendly faces from yesterday. Today’s featured image is also from Justin who is doing great work on social media.

Overnight, however, things started to take a bit of a turn as the dreaded temperature inversions limited snowmaking across the region. It wasn’t as long as a snowmaking window as we were hoping for, but it certainly helped improve conditions.

This morning will be the driest time to take some turns over the next couple of days before rain moves in later on. There is a bright side as the rain may turn to snow on Saturday and bring more snowmaking conditions for next week.

In fact, next week looks promising for snowmaking and even some natural snow. Hopefully, we can get the lid off the proverbial snow basket and keep it coming over the next couple of months.


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We just have to get through the next 48 hours or so.

As I mentioned earlier, things look pretty good this morning at most of the resorts. A quick look at the conditions:

App Ski Mountain shared this photo of conditions on Facebook this morning.

North Carolina
App Ski Mountain (46°) – Playing on nine slopes with five lifts operating. They have a groomed surface on a 24-32” base.

Beech Mountain (24°) – A packed powder surface on a 22-36” base with 10 slopes and six lifts operating.

Cataloochee (40°) – Skiing and riding on seven slopes with five lifts with a 27-52” base. They are playing on a groomed surface.

Sapphire Valley (38°) – Tubing and the training slope reopen today after being able to make snow last night. Look for an 8-17” base on the training slope

Sugar Mountain (40°) – They have a manmade powder and frozen granular surface on a 21-45” base. Skiing and riding on nine slopes that are serviced by four lifts.

Wolf Ridge (41°) – A 16-28” base with a groomed surface. They have four slopes and three lifts operating.

West Virginia
Canaan Valley (23°) – Received a trace of snow overnight as they are playing on a 15-30” base. They have 12 slopes and two lifts operating.

Snowshoe Mountain (31°) – Playing on 153 acres with 39 slopes and 14 lifts operating. They have a 38” base with a groomed and loose granular surface.

Winterplace (34°) – A groomed and granular surface on a 14-34” base with 15 slopes and seven lifts operating.

Virginia
Bryce Resort (30°) – Seven slopes open for play with one lift operating. They have a 24” base with a groomed surface.

Massanutten (34°) – Playing on four slopes with five lifts operating. A groomed surface on a 22” base.

Omni Homestead (32°) – They have two slopes and two lifts operating with a 6-12” base. They are playing on a groomed surface.

Wintergreen (38°) – Skiing and riding on six slopes serviced by three lifts. They have a 16” base with a groomed surface.

Tennessee
Ober Gatlinburg (46°) – Ober is playing on one slope with a groomed 12” base. Tubing continues to be the hottest ticket in town as they are sold until Jan. 5.

Things were calm at Wisp this morning.

Maryland
Wisp (31°) – They are playing on a groomed and frozen granular surface on top of an 18” base with 11 slopes open. They have six lifts open.

That will be it for today.

Until tomorrow, #ThinkSnow!

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