December Arrives With The First Day Of (Meteorological) Winter

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December has arrived and brought the first day of meteorological winter with it.

The next couple of days isn’t going to feel very winterish, but colder air is set to return early next week and potentially again for the second weekend of the year.

If you missed it overnight, our very own Brad Panovich shared his latest skier’s forecast for the early part of December. Check it out below.

Not exactly the start to December that we would like but at least this looks to be a short-lived cold snap.

We are kicking the month off with five open resorts – App Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, Cataloochee, Snowshoe Mountain, and Sugar Mountain.

Interestingly, we only had one resort open on Dec. 1 last season and that was Sugar Mountain who resumed operations on this day one year ago.

Most resorts were unable to make snow overnight, but there is plenty of snow to play on as we head into the second half of the week.

A quick look at where each resort sits this Wednesday:

App Ski Mountain – App is reporting a 36-46″ base with eight trails and five lifts spinning. They are playing on a groomed surface.

App is throwing it back to 1962 this upcoming weekend – including the ticket prices.

Beech Mountain – Beech was able to add a slope and lift to the mix today as they are now offering nine trails serviced by four lifts. They are reporting a 22-34″ base with groomed conditions.

Cataloochee – The Maggie Valley resort is skiing on seven slopes with four lifts turning. They are playing on a groomed surface with a 26-34″ base.

Cataloochee was joined by Red Bull athlete Zeb Powell on Monday. How cool is that?

Snowshoe Mountain – The ‘Shoe is reporting a 30″ base with groomed conditions to kick off the day. With the addition of Spruce to the mix, Snowshoe is playing on 16 trails with four lifts in operation on the Basin side. They are offering more than 50 acres of open terrain.

Snowshoe posted this great update from their week of the 2021-22 season on Tuesday.

Sugar Mountain – Sugar was also able to add a trail and lift to their offerings overnight as they now have ten runs and four lifts available. They are reporting loose and frozen granular conditions with a 28-73″ base.

There looks to be a lot of fun out there on the snow.

We did receive word of a new tentative opening yesterday as well. Wolf Ridge is tentatively looking to kick their season off on Dec. 10.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!


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