This is a day…which will live in infamy….

First Trax

For those of you too young to appreciate today’s title – TODAY (73 years ago) Pearl Harbor was attacked and caught completely unprepared.

…and evidently a lot of ski areas were either unprepared or unwilling to make snow overnight as temperatures dropped some 20° colder than 24 hours ago.

Did you guys like that segue?

Regardless, some ski areas made snow overnight and many others (even with temps down around 19° did not). We DO have very nice overnight temps all week which should allow for snowmaking AND EVEN SOME NATURAL SNOW in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.


Here’s the resort tour for today:

CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA – 32° – They are making snow and will be open for day sessions only on Sunday with 7 trails and 3 lifts.

If you’re over that way don’t forget that you can ski for FREE today and help out some needy people. Cataloochee wrote, “Sunday continues our 2nd Annual Cataloochee Ski & Snowboard Swap here at the area.  Sign up to bring your gently used winter clothing and used hardgoods to sell on both Saturday and Sunday, or shop for the best deals of the season on used equipment.  For more information, visit our website at”

Also, today is Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive for Haywood Christian Ministries.  24 cans of food or 2 winter jackets of any kind will get you your lift ticket today for free, it’s a $62 value.  Cans and coats should be dropped off at either the Ghost Town parking lot at the bottom of the hill or at Cataloochee Ski & Sports and you will receive your lift ticket there.  Those persons needing to rent equipment and get lessons will pay for those items at the ski area when they show their lift ticket.”

The ONLY thing better than skiing is FREE SKIING while helping others.

wintergreen resort in virginiaWINTERGREEN RESORT – 19° – It is 28° colder this morning than Saturday morning. We’re not certain why they are not making snow, but assume that it’s because they planned to be closed this week and will make snow and prepare the slopes for next weekend.

TODAY they will be open for day sessions with 3 slopes and a base of 16-24″. Tubing is also open and we caught their staff getting the tubing park all nice and sweet. CHECK OUT THE WEBCAM LIVE to watch the fun.

beech mountain nc ski resortBEECH MOUNTAIN RESORT – 23° – Making Snow! They are open for day sessions Sunday with 8 trials and 4 lifts operating and a terrain park.

Beech was still making snow as of this post (10 am) and you can watch Beech LIVE by clicking here.

SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN – 27° – They made snow last night and will as long as temps allow today (but not on open terrain). Snowshoe has the most open terrain in the region with 13 slopes and trails open for DAY SESSIONS today. DEMO DAYS are still going on today as well.

APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN – They are reporting 28°, but the temperatures must be hovering just outside of snowmaking range, because App did not, NOR ARE THEY making snow at this time. We suspect that they will be able to within the next 24-48 hours. They are 100% open and TODAY will be sunny and nice temps to enjoy those ANNIVERSARY $5 LIFT TICKETS.

App is celebrating their 53rd year in the business of family fun and they are sharing by allowing you some nearly FREE skiing for day sessions today.

If you want to ride TONIGHT, the cost of a liftie is $10 and that deal is good for the first Sunday of EVERY MONTH this season.

BRYCE RESORT – 30° – Not making snow. They ARE OPEN for skiing, riding and tubing today on 4 slopes and trails and the tubing park. They will be closed Monday and making snow as temps allow.

MASSANUTTEN RESORT – 30° – Not making snow. They ARE OPEN for day sessions today on 3 slopes and perfectly groomed conditions.

WISP RESORT – 23° – Not making snow? Not according to their webcams, although they may not be working. You can really barely ever tell. Wisp plans to reopen Saturday, December 13th.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN RESORT – 25° – They are making snow and open for day and night sessions for Sunday with 9 trails, 3 lifts, snow tubing AND ice skating. Sugar should be pretty sweet for Sunday skiing and riding.

CANAAN VALLEY RESORT – 20° but not making snow? They are planning to reopen next weekend.

TIMBERLINE RESORT – Ditto Canaan. 20° and not making snow.

WINTERPLACE RESORT – 29° not making snow. Opens soon.


SAPPHIRE VALLEY – Opens in mid December.

WOLF RIDGE RESORT – 28° – NO REPORT on whether they are making snow, but they seem to be aiming for opening Friday for the season.

OBER GATLINBURG – 35° – No snowmaking. Opens soon.

Check out the FULL SNOW REPORT HERE and feel free to drop me an email with your thoughts and reactions at: [email protected]

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