March comes ‘in like a Lion’

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It’s certainly not coming ‘in like a lamb’, as we turn the page to March. Overnight, the forecast held correct as Wisp and Canaan saw 3″, respectively. Wisp is reporting a PACKED POWDER / Groomed base, which is definitely good conditions. Even Oglebay saw 2″ as they often CAN BE in the snow belt (i.e. close to the Great Lakes and a FAIRLY northern lattitude) . . . Snowshoe saw a dusting. As for Virginia, Bryce got 1″ and the others saw a light dusting.

Points south (NC/TN) have had the moisture (almost too much moisture) and are expecting the cold front to hit at the tail-end of this weekend, and into next week.

Even though the snowfall may not be plentiful this season, the storms are hitting at the right time . . . for the weekend rush!

*Canaan Valley State Park is reporting 3″, while Canaan Mountain Snow Fall is reporting 1.8″. It’s probably some where in between, as seen on ResortCams . . . variations do occur*

WV saw a Trace up to ~ 3″ . . . more to come this weekend!

  • Canaan: “A quick hitting storm zipped through last night and dropped a fresh 3 inches of powder across Canaan Valley.”
    • Snow making update . . . “On top of the natural snowfall we received last night, we also made snow throughout the night and continue to do so this morning.”
    • Upcoming . . . “The extended forecast looks very interesting, Weather Underground is forecasting 5 to 8 inches of snow and a wintry mix on Sunday night into Monday. Additionally, bitter cold temps will be arriving for next week.”
  • Good conditions at Canaan today, and through the weekend

    Oglebay: 2″ overnight!

    • 10″ Groomed Base
    • Open from 4pm-9pm on Fridays
  • Snowshoe: Trace
    • “We got a light dusting of snow last night and the temperature’s will stay in the mid 30’s today.
    • Bring an extra layer, or two . . . “There is a chance of wet weather in the afternoon so be sure you have the proper waterproof gear.”
    • SkiSoutheast Summit Forecast! . . . A little bit of everything this weekend
  • Winterplace: Snow Making overnight. 21 trails open today
    • Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower. Dress in layers to be prepared for the weather.
    • Snow Drift Lounge opens at 11am today . . . “Action skiing videos, popular tunes, and your favorite beverages make The Snowdrift Lounge the place to be when the sun goes down! Open 11am to closing.  Monday and Thursday Nights – SPECIALS on food and beverages!”

Wisp got clobbered with snow, overnight

  • Wisp: PACKED POWDER / Groomed conditions
    • “In like a lion . . . The saying about March held true this year as 3″ of snow was delivered on the mountain overnight.”
    • Upcoming Snow making . . . “The Snowmaking Team is prepping to fire up on Sunday night which indicates that we are dedicated to making March count!”
    • Military March . . . “Wisp Resort is honoring our Nation’s heroes in March by offering up to 25% savings on lift tickets, rentals, lessons, snow tubing and mountain coaster.”

VA got a fresh dusting to 1″, overnight

  • Massanutten: “A trace of something white fell overnight.”
    • Today . . . “Cloudy with highs in the lower 30s, chance of some light mixed precip but nothing worth keeping you inside!
    • This Weekend . . . ” Fireworks and a full slate of activites are scheduled all weekend long for our second annual  Snow Moon Fest weekend! Scout Days on Sunday.”
  • Wintergreen: “True to form, March is coming in like a lion.”
    • Today . . . It’s going to be damp today, but don’t let it dampen your spirits.
    • This weekend . . . “The sun will shine on Saturday and lots of cold weather is in the forecast for next week.”
  • Bryce: Thanks to our trusty patroller at Bryce . . . “Bryce got 1″ overnight. All slopes open. Hangover & Locher Bowl not groomed. All others groomed after snowfall. Terrain park is closed for the season and dismantled.”
    • Tubing at 6pm on Fridays.
    • (Easy) Red Eye will be closed for part of the day tomorrow . . .

  • Homestead: Check snow report for details

NC has the moisture, but not the cold air . . . yet

  • Cataloochee: “A large cold front is on the horizon starting Sunday with some natural snow as well and we are ready to begin snowmaking again as soon as it arrives!”
    • Today is Military Appreciation Day . . . we are on a groomed base of 50-84″ on 13 slopes and offer three sessions
    • A money saving tactic . . . “You can also upgrade your purchased lift ticket for the day to a season pass  if you decide after skiing or riding with us, we will take the price of your day’s lift ticket off the cost of a pass.”
  • Beech: 
    • Beech posted the following on FaceBook . . . “We currently have an average base of 36″-68″. Rain, of course, can make the snow a bit slushy. We are looking at snowmaking conditions to return tonight and there is natural snowfall in the weather report for Sunday-Monday!”
    • Also . . . “Our closing date is set as (Saturday) 3/23/2019”
  • App: Terrain Park updates . . . Features include small jump, juice box and roller.
  • Sapphire: Last weekend they are open for the season . . . opens at Noon today

Coverage is still good at Sapphire

  • Wolf Ridge: Closed for the season (as per yesterday) . . . “It’s with much sadness that we announce that our 2018-2019 ski season has come to a close. We have lost too much snow and will not be able to reopen as we had hoped. We appreciate all of you who helped make this a great season. We’re already looking forward to next winter and seeing all of our friends back on the slopes!”

Ober re-opens Mogul Ridge!

  • Ober: Open from 9am-10pm . . . “Today we will have 5 runs open:  Mogul Ridge, Upper Bear, Castle, Cub Way and Ski School, open at Noon today!  The base is 15-25″ on our main slopes and the terrain park is located on the Skiers Right of Castle Run. Snow conditions:  Machine Groomed Granular.”

That’s all for today.

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