Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

First Trax

Last night we saw just a trace of snow in only the northern most part of the region. That quickly turned though, as David Lesher of Canaan Mountain Snow writes, “Freezing rain and some sleet overnight as temperatures fell to 29F. Daylight showed a significant ice coating on ground surfaces.”

Speaking of rain, today is a big time transitional day, as Gulf moisture envelops the region entirely.

Tonight though, has a target on its back, as everywhere in the region will not just get below freezing, but below 30F. This means a little mid-week bump for snowmakers as it will put a fresh coat on the slopes . . . for a couple of days.

A record year already for Wisp

  • Wisp: “This has been a record year for snowmaking at Wisp Resort.  The Mountain Ops team pumped out 11 million gallons of water over the weekend, leaving the mountain with a strong base.  Since snowmaking began in the 2018.19 Winter season, we have pumped 164 million gallons!”
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
    • Tomorrow: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
A record amount of snowmaking at Wisp this year

WV will see snow tonight . . . Snowshoe gets the lions share

  • Snowshoe: “Today is going to be a transitional day from a weather standpoint. Showers will be hanging out majority of the day so make sure you have your waterproof gear! As temperatures drop we are expecting to see snow later tonight and into tomorrow.”
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
    • Tomorrow: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Canaan: “We are waking up to a winter morning that has seen snow and ice fall throughout the night, and a snow making window quickly approaching.”
    • Tonight: “Cold air will spill in this evening, and we plan to fire up our guns as soon as possible, with a solid 36 HOUR window to enhance our bases mid-week.”
    • Deal of the Day . . . BOGO Tuesdays
  • Winterplace: Forecast: Cloudy with off an on showers. Dress in layers so you are comfortable and it should be a great day to be on the slopes.”
  • Timberline: 8 runs and 1 lift
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
    • Tomorrow: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

VA is seeing a little wintry precip this morning

  • Massanutten: 100% open . . . now up to 19 features between their two terrain parks.
    • Today . . . “Mixed precip this morning then rain likely, highs today in the mid 30s. Grab your rain gear and enjoy the snow . . . Ski slopes close at 5:00pm on Tuesdays!”
    • Snowmaking tonight . . . “The snowmaking team will be on standby tonight as the temps are forecasted to dip into the mid or upper 20s overnight.”
  • Wintergreen: 100% open
    • Currently 29F . . . “Conditions are still great and we have lots of skiing and riding to do before spring arrives. The weather reports are calling for a mix of precipitation but remember, Wintergreen is 3000 feet higher and this storm could bring us some snow.”
  • Bryce: 100% open terrain
    • For all you winter fat bikers out there, ‘Redeye’ will get transformed into a downhill race course, coming up . . . Winter Bike Jam
  • Homestead: “Good morning! The Omni Homestead is open for skiing, snowboarding, and mini snowmobiles today. Tubing is closed today.”
    • Base: 30″ of groomed, frozen granular conditions
    • 8 runs and 2 lifts

NC is going to see 1-2″ of rain, with a high wind warning above 3500 feet. 

  • Beech: 36-68″ Groomed & Loose Granular Base
    • Ski Race Results now available from Beech this past weekend
    • Tubing and Skating temporarily closed . . . “Tubing and Ice Skating will reopen 2/14/19.”
  • App: 100% open terrain AND lifts
      • Cool birds-eye view of App . . .

  • Cataloochee: “We are open on all 18 slopes and trails with a base of  69-103″  and a groomed surface.  Although the terrain for Cat Cage Terrain Park is open each day, there are days depending on snowmaking and grooming that it may or may not have features or rails.”
    • Tuesdays are Homeschool Days and all homeschoolers and their teachers with proper credentials will receive discounts on lift tickets, lessons and rentals.
  • Wolf: 2 deals today . . .
    • Home Schoolers (Tues-Thurs) – $35 Lift Ticket, Rental and Beginner Group Lesson (for ages 8 and up and at the following times: 9am, 10am or 1pm).  Rates are for the Day Area Pass 9am-4:30pm. *State registration card required*
    • 2 For Tuesday – Buy 1 Lift Ticket, Get 1 Free

Ober trims down a little bit . . . but, snowmaking is on tonight

  • Ober: 
    • 7 of 10 Slopes are open from Noon-10pm
    • Surface condition is wet granular, groomed runs include:  Cub Way, Castle & Ski School.
    • Snow guns are off, hopefully making snow tonight after closing when the temps drop.

That’s all for today.

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