January Keeps Being Awesome

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Today’s featured image is from App Ski Mountain – look at that perfect snow.

January keeps being awesome.

With a little more snow on Monday, the start of the 2021 portion of the season has been fantastic.

Accumulations weren’t anything major – Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, and Cataloochee all received two inches of fresh powder – but it was enough to keep the excitement high as we head towards the middle of the month and the busy holiday weekend.

Winterplace shared this great Facebook Live to showcase the Monday conditions at the resort.

While the snow is fantastic, the story of the week is this impressive snowmaking window that the resorts are working with – which should lead to more open terrain.


Just about every resort was able to crank up snowmaking operations on Monday and Monday night and will have plenty of opportunities this week.

That means conditions are going to be incredible as the slopes are continually getting refreshed.

Snowshoe is looking beautiful this morning.

We are also watching Friday and Saturday for a little northwest flow snow event, but we will let Brad talk about that in his next update.

Keep on doing the #ThinkSnow thing, please, because it seems to be working.

For the complete ski report, be sure to visit the Snow Reports page.

Here is a quick snapshot of how things stand on this Tuesday morning.

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North Carolina
App Ski – App is 100% open with 12 slopes available for riding and sliding with five lifts in operation. They are playing on a groomed surface with a 46-80″ base.

Beech Mountain – Beech is reporting a 38-60″ base with a groomed surface. They have 16 trails open with four lifts spinning. On Friday and into the weekend, Beech was making snow on Oz Run, but no opening timeline has been given.

Cataloochee – Cat is also open at 110% with 18 trails and five lifts in operation. They have a packed powder surface with a 44-66″ base.

Ski Sapphire – They are operating on weekend hours right now so they will reopen on Friday. Ski Sapphire did receive a half-inch of snow on Monday.

Sugar Mountain – Sugar has upped the trail count to 18 for Tuesday with five lifts turning. They have a 41-88″ base with a manmade and natural powder surface along with frozen granular.

Wolf Ridge – Wolf has added Midway and View Finder to the mix this week to bring them to 6 open slopes which are serviced by three lifts. They have a 26-52″ base with a groomed surface.

Brian Dix was out at Wolf Ridge on Saturday and you can check his trip report out here.

West Virginia
Canaan Valley – Canaan is playing on 12 slopes with four lifts in operation. They are reporting a 15-30″ base with a frozen granular surface.

Canaan Valley was looking calm this morning.

Snowshoe Mountain – 4848′ is playing on 219 acres as they are now offering 57 trails with 12 lifts in operation. They are reporting a 55″ base with a groomed surface.

Timberline Mountain – Timberline is riding and sliding on 16 trails with three lifts spinning. They have a 16-60″ base with a groomed surface.

Winterplace – Winterplace is reporting a 28-48″ base with a groomed surface. They are nearing 100% as they currently have 23 trails open with five lifts in operation.

Bryce Resort – Bryce has seven slopes open for enjoyment today with three lifts in operation. They have a 30″ base with a groomed surface.

This week, they have changed the advanced purchase time of rental packages, first-time packages, and Kinder School to 24 hours.

Massanutten – The Nut is playing on seven trails with five lifts spinning today. They are reporting a groomed surface atop a 32″ base. Night skiing isn’t being offered Tuesday-Thursday right now.

Homestead – The Hot Springs resort is set to reopen Thursday at noon as part of their non-holiday hours. They were laying down the snow this morning.

The mountain operation crews were making a manmade blizzard at Omni Homestead this morning.

Wintergreen – Wintergreen is reporting a 32+” base with a groomed surface. They are playing on 13 trails with three lifts in operation.

Ober Gatlinburg – The lone Tennessee resort is set to open at noon today with six slopes and three lifts available for play. They have a groomed surface atop a 37-47″ base – what a season they are having so far.

Wisp Resort – Wisp is riding on 15 trails that are serviced by seven lifts today. They have a groomed and loose granular surface with a 15″ base to ride on.

As a friendly reminder, if you are playing to make a trip to the mountains this weekend and haven’t started planning, now would be the best time to start.

With limited capacities, we fully expect a few resorts will sell out as we near the weekend especially with snow in the forecast so be sure to get your lift tickets as soon as you can.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!

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