Boy howdy! What an amazing weather-swing over the last 24 hours!

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On Monday we reported about how yesterday was going to be a day of major, weather transition, and boy was it?!?!


Here are some sample differences from this time Monday morning:

Mountain Mon Tues
McHenry, Maryland 42° 23°
Snowshoe Mountain 42° 23°
Canaan Valley 42° 22° 2.6″ of new snow
Ghent, WV 58° 23°
Beech Mountain 40° 16° 1″ of new snow
Seven Devils, NC 38° 19°
Gatlinburg, TN 53° 30°
Maggie Valley, NC 44° 16°

We are looking at 28 degrees difference in some cases. I also noted that the temperatures dropped 11° from around 2pm until 7pm last night.

The temperatures started really taking a nosedive around noon on Monday and light snow was falling across the entire region. Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain both saw about 1″ of new snow and actually Sugar is under-reporting that they’ve only seen 2.5″ on the season. (They are now actually up to 3.5″ according to on mountain CoCoRaHs reporting.) On that subject, I REALLY miss seeing Gil Adams’ reports from atop Beech Mountain. You could always count on his reporting.

As I type up this report SNOW is still lightly falling here at our offices.

The winners from this storm (thus far) are Snowshoe Mountain (where 2.5″ of new snow officially fell) and Canaan Valley and Timberline where 2.6″ of snow has fallen. That takes Davis, West Virginia to 10.5″ of snow on the season and they aren’t even open yet!

Canaan Valley is looking great!

Snowshoe’s weather center is showing 36° but it is actually 15° there this morning. They are also only reporting 3″ of snow on the season and yet this 2.5″ of new snowfall actually takes them up to 13″ on the season, which we officially report from the time the first snowmaking attempts start happening.

Snowshoe’s marketing team are also providing a tease about additional terrain opening up soon. They posted:

When the rope drops at 9AM that groomed, packed powder surface is going to be super tasty so don’t miss out. Our snowmaking crew is working hard to take advantage of these cold temperatures. Right now, efforts are focused primarily on opening the South Mountain area and the Soaring Eagle lift as soon as possible. Check back tomorrow for an update on their progress.


Cataloochee’s Tammy Brown is excited: She posted:

Today we will be skiing from the top of the mountain down on six slopes with two aerial lifts and one conveyor lift operating on a base of 18-26” and a machine worked surface.  We will continue making snow as temperatures permit and open additional terrain as we can.  This marks the first time we have opened to the top of the mountain in November and is a statement to our improvements in snowmaking. 

(The photo of the day, up top, is from the new Cataloochee Base cam this morning. Here are a couple of additional captures – click to enlarge!)

Ober Gatlinburg – 19° and making snow on the slopes!

Sapphire Valley – 24° and making snow. My virus protection blocked their website for some reason, but they are making snow and may open earlier than normal.

Click to enlarge

Winterplace Resort is MAKING SNOW! They’ve had it rough with the last ice storm and a fight to get power restored such that they could make snow. Well they are at it now. They will be opening before you know it. (We are also hearing from several of you about the top of the mountain camera being down. We know it. We

will reach out ASAP and get it up and running.)


It is 23° this morning at Wisp Resort and they too are blasting the slopes

App is focusing on snowmaking and reopening Friday!

Loved Appalachian Ski Mountain’s post from this morning:

Hard work shows // It’s starting to stack up out here after only 12 hours of snowmaking. #DrainTheLake #ThinkSnow #ThankASnowMaker

They could easily be open right now, but unfortunately for the local school kids who are out with a SNOW DAY today, App decided to focus on cranking out some quality base. Those kids will be rewarded later!


Timberline Resort is making snow and plans to open soon. They seemingly can’t win with some of the long-time fans of the resort. For every “YAY, they’re opening”, there is at least one disgruntled person fanning the flames of discord – all aimed at the Herz family. These guys are fighters and you have to give them that. The great news is that they are making tons of snow and planning to open December 7th.

Wisp Resort is HIRING!

They posted, “Join us for our last Winter Job Fair of the year this Wednesday, November 28th. Meet with supervisors and fill out applications to join our awesome team at Wisp Resort! #jobfair #garrettcounty”

Wolf is Howling…(couldn’t resist)

They began making snow yesterday. It won’t be long now. I ran across the video below that was posted on opening day last season. It deserves re-posting.

‘Mother Nature’ Not Quite Ready to Favor All of the Virginia Ski Areas…

Wintergreen Resort is the only ski area in the state of Virginia that IS making snow this morning.

Bryce Resort, Massanutten and The Omni Homestead Resort are all just above snow making range. That’s okay – it will happen tonight!


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