Goodbye (or Good Riddance) February

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As we depart February and turn to March it’s a good time to reflect on the month past. I think the general consensus is that the weather in February under-performed a little bit, but there were pockets of good snowfall and good temps to sustain solid base depths. February is TYPICALLY the second coldest month of the year, with December being a close third.

Notably, VA had a good storm about 10 days ago. It’s been a little lack-luster in NC and TN lately. WV had a decent month, but is still below average snowfall so far. To that point, David Lesher (Canaan Mountain Snowfall) writes . . .

“For the third consecutive year, there is zero snow on the ground here on the last day of February. Prior to 2017, the three greatest amounts on that date were 20 inches in 2007, 34 inches in 2003 and 41 inches in 2010.”

I think what we need is to flip the ‘ole Calendar and turn to an even better March!

WV does have a good weekend upcoming . . . It COULD begin tonight!

  • Canaan: “After a snow making campaign that lasted the first half of the week, CVR is looking great and back up to 24 trails.”
    • Snow Incoming! . . . “We have a chance for 3-5 INCHES of snow tonight into Friday morning, with an even better chance for accumulating snow on Sunday.
    • Colder temps on the way! . . . “Some of the colder temps of the season look to spill into the area next week, with even more snow in the forecast.”
  • Snowshoe: The SkiSoutheast Summit begins tomorrow! Let’s take a look at the stats and what some of the trails look like (not much is likely to change between now and tomorrow)
    • 59 (of 60) runs open
    • 11 (of 14) lifts open. Typically, Snowshoe ADDS more lift service on the weekends
    • 45″ Base with State-of-the-Art Grooming, along with variable conditions
    • If you are headed up there tonight/tomorrow, use caution as there is a Winter Weather advisory from 9pm, tonight until Noon, tomorrow.
  • Today: Sunny Day and Good Coverage at Snowshoe


    • Mountain Mama’s is open . . . “Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus, snacks are prepared just for you. Sample our menu of complete meals: grilled burgers, hot dogs, fresh salads, deli sandwiches and much more!”
    • Collegiate Thursday . . . Radford University Students, Faculty, and Staff! WP is just over an hour away and is your CLOSEST ski resort.
  • Timberline: As posted on Facebook . . . “We thank you for your kindnesses. For your support, thank you. Better times lay ahead. Closed for 2019.

VA had a good February . . . looks forward to an even better March

  • Wintergreen: 
    • “Today we bid February farewell, and what a February it’s been. Awesome conditions all month, 100% terrain is still open. Today will be partly sunny during the day with temperatures in the low 40s”
    • Will see some falling moisture tonight . . . “Precipitation will start after the sun sets – it could be rain or it could be snow. Cross your fingers for SNOW!”
    • ‘Well into March’ . . . “We’ll have a nice stretch of cooler temperatures all week long. We built the slopes to last and we plan to ski, ride and tube well into March.”
  • Massanutten: 100% open
    • Today/Tonight . . . Partly sunny with highs in the lower 40s, wintry mix later tonight and tomorrow.
    • The mountain is in great shape for Snow Moon Fest this weekend! Scout Days on Sunday.
    • 2019-20 Ski Season Passes go on sale Friday, March 1. Get next year’s season pass at this year’s rate and enjoy one of two great benefits!
  • Bryce: 100% open
    • Don’t forget about that (re-scheduled) Bike Jam this weekend. Look for some of the trails to (temporarily) be closed for building the course and racing this Saturday

  • Homestead: look to the snow report for an update soon

Wisp has SNOW in the extended forecast

  • Wisp: “Moving into the month of March, Wisp Resort has phenomenal snow coverage, all main trails open, low crowds, hardly any lift lines, and great promotions at the hotel.”
    • Wisp: Snow 4/5 days, upcoming


NC is playing the waiting game for early next week . . . fun to be had in the meantime

  • Cataloochee: “A large cold front is on the horizon starting Sunday with some natural snow as well and we are ready to begin snowmaking again as soon as it arrives!”
    • Today we are on a base of 52-86″ on 13 slopes (Upper Snowbird is closed today) and offer three sessions.
    • “Today and tomorrow are Military Appreciation Days on February 28 and March 1 . . . Can’t make it on Thursday and Friday?  Cataloochee offers all active and retired military the junior lift ticket rate anytime, on any day.”
  • Beech: 
  • App: 100% open with 3 terrain parks
    • Speaking of terrain parks, here are the details on the event this weekend . . . “App Ski Mtn will host the USASA Slopestyle Finals Sunday, March 2! The ATP park crew plans to build the course in Appal Jam and Candied Appal to offer a nice, fun, flowy slopestyle course designed for riders of all ability level.Appal Jam and Candied Appal will be closed during the event and will re-open to the public as soon as the event ends, approximately 3:30 -4pm.Registration will be from 8-10am in the Upstairs Breezeway of the Lodge

      Event will start at 12 noon, and awards will be given in the Annex immediately following the event.”

Ober is ‘staying tough’

  • Ober: “Today we will have 4 runs open:  Upper Bear, Cub Way, Castle and Ski School, open at Noon today!  The base is 15-30″ on our main slopes and the terrain park is located on the Skiers Right of Castle Run. Snow conditions:  Machine Groomed Granular.”
    • Tonight is College Night!  Exchange $10 or 10 canned/non-perishable food items for a night session lift ticket (6pm-10pm).

That’s all for today.

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