Cold Nights and Warm Days

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We really get the best of both worlds early this week, as temps dipped below freezing last night. This should help the snow ‘set-up’ well for some crisp turns and some of the best grooming conditions since mid-last week. Couple that with warm days, and are in the heart of OPTIMAL spring skiing throughout the southeast.

Last night we saw temps dip as low as 18F at the Shoe, while most others got just below freezing. However, we didn’t see any resorts make snow last night. No worries though, because the cold air did ‘lock-in’ the base depths.

Today is going to be a bluebird day as the whole region is enveloped in a nice blanket of High Pressure. The warming trend continues this week, and does end with the “wah-wah’s” late-Thursday/Friday as the ugly kind of moisture returns. But, Friday night, some lucky places just might see some flakes!

West Virginia has Free Skiing for WV residents this Sunday, March 17th!

  • Snowshoe: 
    • Groomed on 56 runs today . . . “The corduroy is going to be A+ this morning so get out there at rope drop and carve it up.”
    • The sun will be out giving us a beautiful bluebird day with temperatures in the 30’s.
    • Trims down to 9 lifts today, but I suspect it’s just a mid-week ‘breather’
  • Canaan Valley:
    • Notable trails . . . “Our terrain park in Valley Vista is still available, and our bases on Ramble, Timber Trail, and Meadows 1 are all looking fantastic.”
    • Free Skiing! . . . “If you are a WV resident, on Sunday, March 17th, you can ski for free!”
  • Winterplace: 23 runs on a 26-48″ Groomed, Granular, and Variable Base
    • St. Patricks Week of Luck . . . “MONDAY THRU SUNDAY, MARCH 11-17
      Turn your Lift Ticket in at the end of the day with your name and address for a chance to Win 2 Lift, Lesson & Rental packages for the 2020 Season! Drawing held Sunday, March 17th. The more you ski, the luckier you could be!”
    • Announces Bonus Night Sessions for skiing/riding AND tubing this weekend . . .

      “Bonus night sessions have been added for Friday night March 15th and Saturday night March 16th.  Open until 9pm both nights”

Wisp has a whole week of spring temps/conditions

  • Wisp: “The only thing more enjoyable than Spring Skiing is Spring Skiing with a week full of sunshine!  Perfect ski conditions today with more days to follow in the forecast.”
    • Today, “Sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph”

Great Coverage and Conditions at Wisp

VA is enjoying ‘spring-break’ weather

  • Massanutten: 
    • Currently 29F, but . . . “Another fantastic spring ski day in store today. Sunshine with high temps around a near perfect 45.”
    • Hike-up for laps (mid-week) . . . “The J – Bar will be closed Tue – Thur but the CMB Terrain park will remain open for those choosing to earn their turns (hiking only).”
    • Know before you go . . . “We plan to operate daily through Mar 18, close Mar 19-21, and re-open Mar 22-24.”
  • Wintergreen: today and tomorrow look pretty ideal . . . “plenty of sunshine, lots of terrain open and fun with friends. Plus tomorrow should be a repeat.”
    • The 38+” base is holding well, with 21 runs open.
  • Bryce: Haven’t had many updates lately. So we assume that no news is good news!
    • Here’s the forecast at Bryce, today . . . “Sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 8 to 12 mph.”
    • And tomorrow . . . “Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 2 to 8 mph.”

NC is feels like a ‘park-like setting’ this week

  • Cataloochee: 
    • Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 40-75″ on 14 slopes and offer one session: day skiing from 9am-4:30pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.
    • 11 features in 3 terrain park locations, and soft snow. Seems like perfect park conditions today! . . . “We have 11 features in our terrain parks located on Upper Turkey Trot, Richards Run, and Short n Sweet.”
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: Black and white filter on App’s FB post, but I guarantee you it’s going to be a sunny day there today.

App has quite a few ‘late season’ plans this spring.

Still many events in March at App

  • Beech: Currently 28F, but . . . “Sunny, with a High near 42F, today”.

“Easy Does It” this Sunday from 9:30am-5pm at Beech

Ober is enroute to a FULL season this year

  • Ober:
    • It is looking to be a beautiful day for spring skiing & snowboarding!  We will have 3 sessions today:  Full day:Noon-9pm, Twilight: 3-9, Night 5-9.
    • We are open from Noon-9 pm and will have 5 runs open:  Mogul Ridge, Upper Bear Run, Cub Way, Ski School and Castle!  The base is 15-30″ on our main slopes and the terrain park is located on the Skiers Right of Castle Run. Snow conditions are Machine Groomed.

That’s all for today.

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