George Washington declares . . . “Go skiing this weekend!”

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Today/Tonight is the kick-off to the Presidents’ Weekend celebration at all resorts in the region. It’s a really nice time of the year to brush-off that ‘cabin fever’, as the days are getting noticeably longer and winter’s chill is a little less harsh.

That will hold true today as temps, everywhere, are a little on the ‘mild-side’ (High of 44F at Wisp). This will make for soft snow: good for beginners and those who are trying to ‘uncork’ some new tricks in the terrain parks’.

The cold air begins to swoop-in tonight as WV/MD will see some snow (1-3″ at Snowshoe, 1-2″ in the Canaan area, Winterplace w/ 1″, and a Trace at Wisp). The rest of us have some ‘undeveloped snow’ in the forecast . . . heavy in some places.

Enjoy the weekend . . . It’s been a great season so far!

NC might be a touch rainy, but that doesn’t stop the fun

  • Sapphire Valley: probably the biggest event of the year at Sapphire is happening tomorrow at 11am . . . The Great Outhouse Races!
    • Toward the end of each ski season in the Ski Sapphire Valley Resort we all get a little restless and look for a bit of excitement, so we decided to do what comes naturally…race outhouses on ski’s down a hill!
    • It’s like the bobsled but in a Port-a-John . . . “Crazy? Maybe. Dangerous? Perhaps. Fun? Without a doubt! . . . Homemade outhouses can be made of wood, cardboard, plastic, or any other homemade items. There are three people to a team and outhouses are secured on a set of skis, which can be provided to you by the Sapphire Valley Ski Area. These skis are pushed by two team members, while one team member ‘sits’ inside.”
  • Cataloochee: is “Ready for the Weekend!”
    • “We have said it before – don’t let the forecast worry you.  We have the snow.”
      • Opens at 8:30am (Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday) . . . “Today we are skiing on a 71-105″ base on 16 slopes.”
  • App: 100% open on 12 runs and 6 lifts (w/ 3 Terrain Parks).
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  • Beech: Still holding a PACKED POWDER & Groomed base w/ 13 runs open.
    • COULD see a little wintry precip on Saturday night
    • Live Music tonight from 7-10pm with Time Sawyer
  • Wolf: 9 runs with 3 lifts on a 47″ Groomed Base.

WV MIGHT get 1-3″ tonight! . . . snow totals still ‘iffy’

  • Canaan: “We will be operating today with 24 out of 47 trails available to ski and ride.”
    • Timber Trail and Critter Crawl have both received a fresh new base and Valley Vista will feature new terrain features in the form of rails.
    • Meadows 1 will continue to hold some terrain features as well, and Ramble looks to have the smoothest groom on the mountain.
    • High Country Weather predicts, “New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.”
  • Snowshoe: “Another mild day on the mountain means more soft turns in these spring-like conditions. Conditions will be soft, great for beginners, hitting some features in the park or throwing out fun turns on the trails.”
    • Our snowmakers are watching the forecast closely, and are looking forward to cooperative temperatures.
    • High Country Weather predicts, “New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.”
  • Winterplace: Open on 25 runs and 5 lifts on a 30-54″ Granular, Loose Granular, and Variable base.
    • Forecast: Mostly cloudy a slight chance of a shower. Snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. It should be a great day to be on the slopes.”
    • High Country Weather predicts, “New snow accumulation of around one inch possible. Little or no ice accumulation expected.”
    • Live Music w/ Clinton Scott this weekend.
  • Timberline: Open on 5 runs and 1 lift from 9am TO 9pm.
    •  High Country Weather predicts, “New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.”

VA MIGHT see 1-3″ over the weekend . . . I’ll take it!

  • Massanutten: “Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 50s. 100% open with some light snow possible tomorrow, highs for Sat and Sun in the mid 30s.”
    • College Days Special today – $40 Slope – Use with valid ID.
    • Advance lift ticket sales are available from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm for next day sales.
    • Never Summer snowboard demo on Sunday at the base of lift #4.
  • Wintergreen: “Happy Birthday to George and Abe. If you see them around the mountain this weekend, wish them the best and shake their hand.”
    • 100% open on 25 runs and 4 lifts w/ a 32+” base
    • From Yesterday . . .
      Some V-Day fun at Wintergreen


  • Bryce: 100% open w/ Tubing and a Terrain Park
      • Fireworks and more this weekend:

  • Homestead: 
    • “We’re ready for a big weekend of winter sports and more with our annual Presidents Weekend celebration!”
      • Base: 28″ groomed and frozen granular
      • 8 Trails
      • 2 Lifts

Wisp: A trace of snow ‘off-and-on’ this weekend

  • Wisp: Beaver (terrain) Park Build is finished with “3 (medium-sized) Jumps”
    • Come join us for Friday Night Tap Takeover from 7pm to 10pm in Alpine Bar & Wispers Bar & Grill at Wisp Resort.
    • BlackStrap Rail Jam this Saturday, February 16 in Central park at Wisp Resort. Registration begins at noon in the main lodge and the competition starts at 2pm!
    • “Tequila Mockingbird Mexican Fiesta”- This Saturday, February 16 from 3pm-6pm bring your best Mexican poncho and sombrero– we are going all the way for this Mexican fiesta! We will have a best poncho competition . . . This event will take place in Alpine Bar (formerly DC’s Bar).
Stunning photo and lighting from Wisp yesterday!

Ober sees a better forecast than expected

  • Ober: “It’s officially President’s Day weekend and 7 of 10 Slopes are open from 9am-10pm”
    • Terrain Park will be open on Lower Bear.
    • “Looks like the rain in the forecast is starting to dissipate especially for Saturday!”

That’s all for today.

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