A Mardi Gras, March, Miracle Day!

First TraxGeneral

We ‘fumbled the ball’ a little bit yesterday, but we are back in action today . . . And Boy, what . . . a . . . Day!

There is a lot to catch up on, AND that is going to be the theme of the week as we are entrenched in some High Pressure/Cold Air, all thanks to our Canadian Friends up north.

Most notably, in the last 24 hours, Snowshoe saw 4.5″ (7.5″ in 48hrs) and is reporting New Natural Snow conditions. Canaan captured 3.3″ (8″ in 48hrs) and is reporting Packed Powder conditions. Wisp rounds out the big accumulators and saw 2″ with a Packed Powder / Groomed base.

Many of these resorts, and most others, are pumping out the snow. The upcoming snow making window is long (for March), and we should see base depths return to mid-winter levels!

Nordic skiing also returns to two resorts. So, the big question you have to ask at this point . . . Could March be the best month of season? . . . I think so!

*On a side note, I wanted to thank the whole SkiSoutheast Team for quite a memorable Summit Weekend at Snowshoe*

WV has had quite a March so far . . . and it keeps getting better

  • Canaan: 3.3″ in 24hrs (8″ storm total) . . . resulting in PACKED POWDER conditions
    • Open on 28 trails . . . Including Timber Spur, Snowfields AND Meadows 2 as Natural Snow Terrain.
    • For exploration . . . Cross Country Skiing open on 30 km and the Golf Course
    • Upcoming . . . Light snow forecasted this evening (1-2″)
  • Snowshoe: 4.5″ in 24hrs (7.5″ storm total) . . . resulting in NEW NATURAL Snow conditions.
    • Late season snow making (on 7 trails today) is ensuring a lengthy season . . . “our snowmakers have been working hard around the clock helping us have the most terrain open in the region!”
    • You can still slay the course . . . “Spruce will be opened as a banked slalom till Wednesday.”
    • Flurries in the forecast . . . A slight chance of snow showers today (tonight: a greater chance of snow showers before 5am).
  • Winterplace: Trace Snow reported . . . upgraded to Groomed / Variable conditions
    • 20 Runs open today (with more terrain later this week), “Plunge, Nosedive and Overeasy will be closed for snowmaking and reopen later this week.”
    • Snow in the Forecast tonight . . . “A slight chance of snow showers before 2am.”
    • Tubing Closed Monday, March 4th – Wednesday March 6th for snowmaking and reshaping

Wisp gets 2″ added to their count . . . with (5″ in 48hrs), and more to come!

  • Wisp: Reporting Packed Powder and Groomed Conditions
    • “New natural snow and snow guns blazing across the mountain, Wisp Resort is your Spring Break Winter Wonderland.”
    • More to come . . . Today: Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight: New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

High Pressure surrounds NC making for ‘Primo’ snow making conditions!

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: Gives us some quality late-season details
      • App is looking forward to a great March . . . “To provide the best conditions and base coverage through our scheduled closing date of March 24, App Ski Mtn.’s snowmaking plan is as follows:Nightly snowmaking will be underway on all slopes from 8pm – 10am Monday – Thursday Night March 4-7.

        AppalTop, Hard Core, Thin Slice, Candied Appal & Appal Jam will be closed both day & night sessions for focused round-the-clock snowmaking on Wednesday, March 6. The top 3 snowguns in Appaljack will also run continuously on Wednesday. The Appaljack Terrain Park will remain open with features for all abilities.”

      • Prime snow making weather (pumped out 6″ last night) . . .

  • Cataloochee: Trace Snow reported . . . “The temp is 20 and we will continue snowmaking as long as temperatures allow. Please dress appropriately for conditions.

Cataloochee: A Man-made white-out around the 9am opening

  • Beech: Snow making is on above 5506′.
    • Snow making possible through Friday (along with Natural Snow Chances)
    • March Madness Rates . . . “Skiers and snowboarders receive 25% off slope passes, rentals and lessons! This special runs for the remainder of the season.”

Beech: Check out the SWEET Packed Powder turns left in the snow

VA is getting after it like it’s January

  • Massanutten: “Snowmaking in progress this morning, we’re not talking about garden variety March snowmaking, we’re talking about January like getting after it.”
    • Today . . . “Sunshine with highs in the lower 30s.”
    • Late Season plans . . . “The current plan is to operate daily through Mar 18 close Mar 19-21 and reopen for Mar 22-24.”
    • Late season hours and rates are in effect
  • Wintergreen: 
    • Winter is back . . . “We woke up to another beautiful sunrise. The snowguns are refreshing the slopes with a fresh coat of white. Temperatures are in the 20s. 100% open terrain. Winter is back!

      Forecast for the week:

      Tuesday: Sunny with temps in the 20s!

      Wednesday: Sunny with temps in the 20s!

      Thursday: Sunny with temps in the 30s!

      Friday: 50% chance of snow!”

    • Wintergreen: A rather glorious photo (yesterday) courtesy of Amber Wall


  • Bryce: is having a banner end of the season (more to come on Bryce this week). Take my word that the conditions are GOOD.
    • Thanks to Bill for sending some gem photos. We’ll post throughout the week.


Ober is seeing some really good conditions

  • Ober: “Good Mardi Gras Morning!!  It’s a chilly morning here in Gatlinburg and we are very excited to be making snow!”
    • Today we are open from 9am-10pm and will have 5 runs open:  Mogul Ridge, Upper Bear Run, Cub Way, Ski School and Castle!  The base is 15-25″ on our main slopes and the terrain park is located on the Skiers Right of Castle Run. Snow conditions are Machine Groomed.
    • Snow making for the foreseeable future . . . We are currently making snow and will continue as temperatures allow.

That’s all for today.

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