We could hear our favorite roar in the mountains this weekend.
All eyes will be on the resorts in the coming days to see who cranks up snowmaking operations for the 2022-23 season and who could potentially kick off the season.
To say the forecast for the weekend and early next week has our attention is an understatement.
There will be a couple more fall-like days before things start to get interesting.
After the remnants of what will be Hurricane Nicole bring some soaking rain on Thursday night and Friday, a cold front will push the system out of the area and deliver a nice cold blast that should bring some nice snowmaking windows starting Saturday night.
Sunday could provide a nice 24-hour stretch of snowmaking for most resorts – if they decide to take advantage.
Talk about a wild weather swing.
While we are pretty confident we will see snowmaking to end the weekend and start the week, the big question will be – will anyone be able to drop the rope on the season?
We know the opening dates for some resorts (App Ski, Beech, and Snowshoe to name a few), and we don’t anticipate those resorts to move off those opening dates.
Historically, Sugar Mountain and Cataloochee have been the first to open up.
We haven’t seen anything official, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the two open early next week – especially if the forecast pans out.
As always, we will keep you updated once we hear something official or even more definitive.
Be sure to check back as we put our ear to the ground to see who plans to make snow and possible opening dates (for those who haven’t announced).
That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!
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