Light to Moderate Rain Forecasted for Sunday; Snow Monday!

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The rain that was forecasted for today appear to be on the light side. That is great news. It looks like the heavier precip will come later in the day so get your turns in early!

Colder air arrives Monday with snow showers in the forecast mostly later in the day and Monday night into Tuesday morning. Tuesday will be very cold! It looks like snowmaking temps will kick in sometime on Monday and you can expect to see guns firing up at every resort.

It is amazing how quickly conditions can turn on a dime. Just a few days ago we had some snow and everything was covered in a coating of frosty white from the powdery snowfall and now just a few days later we’re seeing that ugly term "some thin coverage and bare spots" beginning to show on some of our reports.

The top picks for skiing and riding today (if you’re into dodging some rain drops) will be Appalachain and Sugar Mountain as they have the best conditions right now. The rest look good as well, but are showing some thin coverage areas on various trails.

This is one of those days where the overall base and conditions are very nice, with very little in the way of thin coverage, but there ARE some. We’re a little surprised to see that the ski areas are not reporting them…so we’ll do it for them.

Appalachian still looks great with 100% open terrain, terrain parks and ice skating for your Sunday. It’s foggy out this morning but the best skiing will be early. No thin coverage or bare spots here.

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We’re getting reports of thin coverage at Cataloochee and therefore we have downgraded their base to "Decent to Good". They will be open for day and night skiing on this particular Sunday due to it being a holiday weekend. They have 11 trails open and their snow tubing park. To be clear, there is VERY GOOD snow at Cataloochee, plenty of side-to-side coverage, and only some rare thin coverage areas and a bare spot or two.

Ditto that report for Hawksnest and they have 9 trails open with their popular tubing hill open as well. Additionally they have placed some terrain features around the mountain.

Ski Beech saw a low of 33° (just out of snowmaking range) and it is very foggy this AM, but they have 12 trails open, some terrain features and their ice rink open for Sunday. They have some thin coverage areas as well.

Sugar Mountain reports a low of 32° but they were not able to make snow either. They have 19 trails open, the terrain park, tubing and ice skating for Sunday! We have downgraded their base conditions to "Good" (from good to great) as they are beginning to show some wear…that will likely show through with the rain this evening. Again, they have good coverage.

We have downgraded Wolf Ridge’s base conditions to "decent to good" meaning that some thin coverage a bare areas are beginning to show. They are reporting 16 trails open, but really have not updated their report since Saturday so we’d suggest calling ahead.


It is so foggy out this morning that a tour of the cams will give you nothing but a bunch of grey screens! There’s a hint of views around…but tough to really see the slopes! Wolf Ridge seems to be having some camera issues as both of theirs are off. They have been on plenty of times when conditions are not pristine so I am doubtful they are turned off.

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We’ll be there with a bunch of our office crew; we’re hoping to ski and ride with the President of Snowshoe for some first tracks; Snowshoe is providing some great discounts for lodging, a free wings and munchies party, and even free lift tickets for Sunday skiing.

We’ll be giving away some hoodies as well and it would be great to make some turns with our readers and message board bloggers.

Be sure to check out the information and make reservations today to join us for all of the fun at the inaugural Summit.

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This is a great way to meet some fellow SkiSoutheast-ers and our crew…and have a great time making some turns.  Snowshoe has organized some great discounts, a party at Moonshine to do some Saturday night celebrating (with free wings and drink specials) and conditions should be great!

We hope to see you there!


Enjoy your day…

Until Next time…

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