A little gloom, but no doom . . .

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Well, today isn’t exactly the best day to pull images from the cameras, but it’s still worth a look. In fact, according to our own Brad Panovich, it appears that we will have a nice turn around early to mid-next week. If you haven’t had a chance to see Brad’s latest report, check it out here, (be warned, you might start getting a little excited)  . . . https://www.skisoutheast.com/brads-skiers-forecast-december-13th-week-ahead/

With a little less eye-candy today, I’ll try and highlight some good deals and more resort offerings that we will see, as we begin to enter “PEAK SEASON”:

North Carolina Mountains:

Cataloochee: reporting 19 runs (open from the top), accessed by 4 lifts. They begin adding night skiing and tubing to their quiver, this Saturday.

Appalachian Ski Mountain: reporting 12 runs open, accessed by 5 lifts. A little unknown fact on App . . . if you, “purchase tickets online (you) get an extra hour free”. Check their website for details.

Wolf Ridge: reporting 5 runs open, accessed by 3 lifts. They are open until 10pm . . . for the after work/school crowd!

Wolf . . . below the fog/rain this morning

Beech Mountain: reporting frozen granular conditions with 14 runs open, accessed by 4 lifts. It looks like they have a really fun weekend on tap with some nightlife and family friendly action . . .

  • Live music w/ Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (12/15 from 7-10pm)
  • Santa Claus is Coming (12/16 from 2-4pm)

Virginia Mountains

Wintergreen: reporting 9 runs open, accessed by 3 lifts. Those guys have an awesome Mountain Message Blog too . . . “Snowmaking plans include building the base on our core slopes and expanding the empire. We have a short break from snowmaking, but will fire up the guns as soon as temperatures allow -there are a few windows of opportunity on the horizon. Highlands is on our radar and should be open before the Christmas holiday period.”

In addition, Wintergreen is run a 3 for Free, Learn to Ski or Ride deal, between now and December 23rd. Check their website for more details.

Bryce: reporting 7 runs open, accessed by 3 lifts, from 10am to 4pm. They begin extending their hours tomorrow.

Massanutten: adds 2 runs and 1 lift to their quiver today. They are now operating on a total of 6 runs, accessed by 5 lifts. In addition, they have “7 freestyle features on Lower Nutten-to-it”.

More quakes in TN . . . no impact at Ober:

Ober Gatlinburg: reporting 3 runs open, accessed by 2 lifts. Best quote of the day . . . “Cold temperatures are on our Christmas wish list!”

Resorts opening today:

Wisp: begins their campaign on the 2018-2019 season today. They begin with 8 runs, accessed by 5 lifts. Mike got a great press release from them yesterday . . . check it out here: https://www.skisoutheast.com/opening-day-set-18-19-winter-season-wisp-resort-friday-december-14-2018/

Silver Creek: opens for night skiing with 11 runs, accessed by 4 lifts. They quote, “Thanks to an incredible effort from our operations team, it will be the strongest opening at the Creek in a very long time. Robertson’s Run will be open with 6 jibs, 2 jumps, and a sweet roller section. Timberjack will be open as a ski trail without features for now.”

Combo that with the 28 runs and 6 lifts at Snowshoe proper, and you have an entire weekend worth of terrain.

Resorts opening tomorrow:

  • Canaan Valley: plans on opening tomorrow, “with 13 trails to ride, including Timber Trail, Valley Vista, and Upper Spruce from the top of the mountain.  Snowmaking is happening on Weiss Meadows 1 when weather permits.”
  • Winterplace: plans on opening tomorrow with 14 runs, accessed by 6 lifts. They are also opening a with a nice family friendly deal, “Opening weekend Special:
    Kids 12 and under Ski Free 12/15 & 16 when accompanied by a paying adult”.
  • Ski Sapphire: plans on opening tomorrow with a hearty 42″ base.

That’s all for today.

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