Happy Valentine’s Day. More Snow in the Forecast!

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It’s a COLD start to this Valentine’s Day Sunday. The winds that were varying from wind-tunnel-like to blustery all day on Saturday have died down to 4-6 mph for today. As of 8am there is almost NO WIND.

Here are some temperature readings that we spotted at 8am this morning across the region:

-7° – Snowshoe Mountain
-4° – Canaan Valley Resort
-4° – Timberline Resort
-3° – Wintergreen Resort
0° – Wisp Resort
0° – Oglebay Resort
0° – Omni Homestead Resort
2° – Winterplace Resort
2° – Massanutten Resort
6° – Bryce Resort
7° – Beech Mountain Resort
11° – Appalachian Ski Mountain
13.6° – Sugar Mountain
14° – Ober Gatlinburg
15° – Wolf Ridge Resort
19.7° – Sapphire Valley Ski Area
22.3° – Cataloochee Ski Area



There was a dusting of snow at Canaan, Timberline and Wisp Resort on Saturday. As I mentioned on Saturday…we have had SNOW on the ground for 45 days straight (through today) and more is on the way.

I also talked about where some of the “sweet spots” of snow has fallen. One of those was Mount Mitchell in North Carolina. If you read Saturday’s FirsTrax post I also mentioned that here at my home, we had perhaps 2-3″ of snow that accumulated. It SNOWED MORE THAN THAT but we had wind and periodic sunny skies that kept the accumulations down.

With that in mind I had to make a trip over to Watauga Lake in East Tennessee on Saturday afternoon to check on my boats and to my great surprise there was 2-4″ of snow still accumulated on the top of my houseboat and 4-5″ of snow on the ground.



More SNOW and a bit of ice...
More SNOW and a bit of ice is on the way

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for most of the ski areas this evening with snow beginning in the afternoon hours. 4-8″ of snow is forecast for Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline. 4-6″ is forecast for Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain resorts. 2-3″ is in the forecast over towards Wolf Ridge Resort and 6-9″ is in the forecast for the mountains of Virginia around Omni Homestead and 4-8″ around Massanutten.

Most of the ice accumulation will be Monday night into Tuesday morning and that COULD cause some travel issues so get out early and often on Sunday and Monday if you can.



Appalachian – They will be grilling burgers, dogs and more slopeside from 11am til 3pm. Prime Rib Dinner will be served from 5pm-10pm for Valentine Evening skiers and snowboarders. From 7pm-9pm they will doing S’mores and a Bonfire Party and then you can ski Midnight Blast from 5pm until midnight tonight.

Snowshoe – The brand new Evolution Park is now open in the Basin! Mountaineer Park is open as a ski trail without features. Widowmaker will be delayed until 11AM for ski team practice. 229 acres of skiable terrain is open.

Here’s a SWEET SHOT of Silver Creek this AM. Click the IMAGE to ENLARGE

Silver Creek was Well Groomed for its Valentine Day dates... Click to ENLARGE
Silver Creek was Well Groomed for its Valentine Day dates… Click to ENLARGE


Check out this awesome video from Snowshoe this week:


Massanutten Resort – Brisk start this morning but not nearly as windy as yesterday. Morning sun giving way to clouds with high’s around 20. No day time snowmaking today, 100% open with great conditions! Winter Storm Warning from 9pm tonight – Tue am. Forecasters are all over the place but we should see 2-4″ or more before a change over to sleet and freezing rain on Tue morning.

Beech – Beech Mountain has received over 18 inches of natural snow!  In order to provide a comfortable experience for our customers, Beech Mountain Resort will not be making snow this weekend. Please be advised that it will be cold, so dress appropriately.  On Monday, February 15th, Beech Mountain Resort will offer weekday pricing on lift tickets!

Sugar – No snowmaking. NASTAR today at noon on Oma’s Meadow.


Until next time…

Enjoy your day and THINK SNOW! THINK COLD! Email me anytime and about anything at: [email protected]


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