Can’t Rain on Our Parade; Snowshoe opens for 2019-20

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Today’s featured photo is from Snowshoe earlier this week showcasing their snowmaking operations.

You can’t rain on our parade today.

Well, Mother Nature can (and will) but we aren’t going to let it get us down as our next wave of season openings is finally here.

The first skiers and boarders of the season at Snowshoe.

Snowshoe joins App Ski Mountain, Cataloochee, and Sugar Mountain as open for play today, while Beech Mountain and Massanutten are opening tomorrow.

Massanutten is holding a passholder and property owner’s appreciation day from 12-4 today before opening to the public on Saturday morning.

Bryce Resort is also set to reopen on Saturday giving us seven options to ski and ride at for the weekend.

On Cheat Mountain, Snowshoe is opening with a 55” base and is playing on a groomed surface. They have 11 slopes and three lifts open – Powder Monkey, Skidder and Ballhooter.

App Ski Mountain has a 28-36” base with eight slopes with three lifts open.

Cataloochee is playing on a 24-40” base with five slopes and two lifts open.

Sugar Mountain has an 18-30” base, and they are featuring seven trails with three lifts.

Massanutten is going to feature a 24” base with three trails and three lifts open for their earliest opening ever.

Ober Gatlinburg’s Mountain Op crews are setting up for tonight’s Back in Blue event.

One cool event going on this weekend is the 10th annual Back in Blue Rail Jam at Ober Gatlinburg. The event is the earliest on-snow freestyle event in the Southeast.

To learn more, click here.

Ober is set to open the tubing with their “snow magic” on Saturday.

As I mentioned at the start, it’s going to be a soggy morning across most of the region both today and tomorrow so rain gear is going to be needed at times to keep from being soaked from head to toe.

There is light at the end of the tunnel as the showers could finish up as a light snow Saturday night into Sunday morning.

That would be a sweet cherry on top of the weekend for sure.

Thanksgiving week continues to look nice, but we will have more on that early next week.

Until next time, #ThinkSnow!

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