Goodness, It’s Cold Outside

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Goodness, it is cold outside.

On my home from the Ski Southeast offices yesterday, I stopped in Banner Elk and between the spitting snow, cold temps and roar of Sugar Mountain’s snow guns, it felt like a mid-January day. I’m not complaining, but it was a little bit of shock to the system after the warmer weather we had on Monday.

The coldest air of the season arrived yesterday and plunged temperatures into the low teens and single digits overnight.

Temperatures dropped all day yesterday mixed with a little bit of natural snow to help make things feel all wintery outside.

While most places saw a dusting of the natural powder, Canaan Valley was the big winner with just over five inches of snow in the past 24 hours. Speaking of Canaan, check out this video that Justin Harris shared yesterday with his Mountain Report from the elements.

Sugar, Beech, and Snowshoe each received around two inches yesterday as well to go along with their snowmaking.

The cold temps allowed most resorts to keep making snow constantly the past 24 hours and it shows looking on the cams over at Resortcams.

Look at those whales at Snowshoe.

It is a picture-perfect morning atop Beech Mountain.

Cataloochee is blasting the snow this morning.

The next few days will see temps warm up gradually to limit snowmaking during the day, but there should be several opportunities at night to get the snow guns cranked back up.

Sugar is the lone resort open today as they are playing on an 18-30” base with six slopes with three lifts open. Conditions look pretty sweet for November over on their cameras.

Cataloochee announced yesterday that they are not planning to operate this week to maximize snowmaking efforts, but that they look to announce a reopening day by Thursday.

App Ski Mountain is set to open up for the season on Friday. As always on their opening day, the first 100 guests to the ticket cashier will receive a free ticket. Friday will also be their first Midnight Blast night with skiing and snowboarding open until midnight.

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Until next time, #THINKSNOW.

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