Another Season Milestone Approaching

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Today’s featured photo is a bird-eyes view of Appalachian Ski Mountain.

We are inching closer to another season milestone.

It’s a dreary, cold morning across most of the region, but that isn’t hampering our excitement this morning as we approach our next wave of resort openings.

It’s a foggy morning at Snowshoe, but the guns are on as they prep for Friday’s opening day.

It certainly helps some light snow fell last night to help amp up our excitement level, and some resorts were able to crank on the guns for a nice refresher for the slopes – especially the ones that are currently open.

Three resorts continue to be open for play today. Those are:

App Ski Mountain is riding on a 30-40” base for day and night skiing. They are playing with three open lifts for eight trails.

The sun is out at Cataloochee this morning.

Cataloochee is maintaining a 24-40” base with five open trails. They are open 9-4:30 during the week this week.

Sugar Mountain has a 20-34” base and they are also open for day and night sessions. Sugar currently has seven slopes on three lifts.

Bryce Resort shared this great photo from their dual ski and mountain biking weekend.

As I mentioned at the top, we are inching closer to another key milestone in the season as (weather-permitting) we will see four more resorts (Beech, Bryce, Massanutten, and Snowshoe) join in on the action. If things play out nicely, we will reach double-digit resort openings.

How awesome is that?

Snowshoe posted an update last night on what to expect for opening day. They are looking at 11 trails being open at rope drop including two blues (Spruce and Gandy Dancer) as well as a full park in Progression. The three lifts they plan to open at Power Monkey, Ballhooter and Skidder.

Conditions are going to be fantastic for opening day.

Mother Nature, however, may put a small damper on things with a little underdeveloped snow (rain) regionwide Friday. However, there continues to snowmaking opportunities at various times over the next week – along with a chance of some light natural snow to help set the mood.

Until next time, #ThinkSnow.

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