Not gonna lie – I’m kind of LOVIN’ on the Photo of the Day, brought to us by Beech Mountain Resort. Beech titled the photo, “Family time is the best time”. It IS. I might have labeled the photo, “The FIRST time is the best time.” Either way, being the father of four daughters and having experienced a first time with each of them, this IS a sweet photo.
I will also share that choosing a Photo of the Day was crazy difficult today as there are SO MANY primo shots from around the region. Be sure to check some of them out below.
Our Brad Panovich is attending Blowing Rock’s Winterfest this weekend and it will be every BIT a winter-fest, with temperatures in the teens all day and blustery winds in the 20-30 mph range and gusting to 55mph! Winterfest USUALLY hosts a Polar Bear Plunge into the cold waters of Chetola Lake, however, while the event OFTEN takes place in cold weather, the potential for blizzard-like conditions and wind chill temps in the minus 8° range prompted organizers to cancel the plunge into the icy waters. I can’t disagree with that decision, With Covid19 still “a thing” and for the overall safety of participants and fans – I think it was probably a good idea. We can hope for next year, right?
SNOW NEWS IS GOOD NEWS…
Let’s talk SNOW. (Yes, I am stealing Joe Stevens’ Sunday column title for this section of the Saturday FirsTrax post.
As Meteorologist Brad Panovich and Matt Laws shared yesterday, this will be the third weekend in a row with significant, natural snowfall across our ski mountains. Crazy thing is that we’ve had natural snow on the ground since January 3rd, when 8″ fell. The snow that fell January 16-17th (18″ of snow) is still covering the ground. My own snow meter at my home still has 7″ of snow measured and there are piles of snow, two feet deep across the region. We’ve only seen about 2″ here in beautiful Sleepy Hollow in the last 24 hours – however, I have been texting back and forth with Beech Mountain Resort’s Talia Freeman, and they are experiencing strong, gusty winds and boasting an official reading of 6″ of new snowfall in the last 24 hours.
As mild and snowless as December was, January has been the opposite. We’ve seen as much as 50″ of snow in some locations like Canaan Valley since January 1st and 41″ at locations like Beech Mountain, North Carolina. in fact, 41″ of the 44″ of natural snow on the season at Beech Mountain, fell since January 1st.
Check out the SNOW REPORT for all of the snow totals and snow conditions.
So SNOW is everywhere! ResortCams.com will be bombed for the third weekend in a row. During the last deep snowfall we saw more than 750,000 views in one day.
Here are the snowfall totals for this morning:
As you can see, the BIG winners were the North Carolina resorts with 6″ of new snow falling at Beech, Sugar and Cataloochee. (As usual, Sugar reported another 1″ more (I swear I think they look at Beech’s numbers and add some.) however, according to one of the snow spotters who is a very good friend of mine and who LIVES at the top of Sugar Ski & Country Club – they saw probably 5-6″ of snowfall. He did add that with the high winds, it was hard to get a good read.
6″ Beech Mountain Resort – 9° and 44″ of snow on the season
6″ Cataloochee Ski Area – 8° and 21″ of snow on the season
6″ Sugar Mountain Resort – 7° and 42″ of snow on the season
4″ Canaan Valley Resort – 4° and 63″ of snow on the season
4″ Timberline Mountain – 4° and 63″ of snow on the season
3.5″ Omni Homestead Resort – 14° and 20.5″ of snow on the season
3″ Bryce Resort – 18° and 22″ of snow on the season
3″ Snowshoe Mountain – 0° and 58″ of snow on the season
3″ Wintergreen Resort – 8° and 28″ of snow on the season
3″ Wolf Ridge Resort – 23° and 25.5″ of snow on the season
2.4″ Ober Gatlinburg – 11° and 18″ on the season
2″ Appalachian Ski Mountain – 13° and 20″ of snow on the season
2″ Massanutten Resort – 8° and 26″ of snow on the season
2″ Winterplace Resort – 13° and 29″ of snow on the season
1″ Wisp Resort – 6° and 41″ of snow on the season
By the way, it is STILL snowing pretty significantly at locations like Wolf Ridge Resort, Wisp Resort, Sugar and Beech, while the sun is beginning to create some stellar photos at locations such as Cataloochee and Timberline Mountain.
Here is a 14-minute tour of all of the mountains with some snow shares.
Here are some photo shares and some Notables…
For the second time in the last two major snowstorms, Ober Gatlinburg just missed some deep snow. Over the last 24 hours, the weather station positioned at 6345 feet (7.4 miles from the ski area) saw 12″ of snowfall, while the ski area picked up 2.4″. It is ALWAYS about elevation.
SWEET VIDEO OF AERIAL TRAM AT OBER GATLINBURG
LOVING THIS FROM WINTERPLACE RESORT
SWEET AERIAL FROM SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN
That will do it for me today. Thanks to Matt Laws for rescuing me and handling the snow report for the last two straight weeks, including both weekends. Some anniversary plans and a little “blip” in life caused me to miss last weekend. Thanks again. I also loved Brian Dix and Rudy Ryback’s posts this week. Very good reporting guys.
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