Massanutten To Attempt Camouflage Ski Record; Events At Sugar, Bryce, and Winterplace

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So many skiers on the mountain, and you can’t see any of them.

That’s what Massanutten is hoping for on February 25. The resort is trying to set the new world record for the largest number of skiers and snowboarders wearing camouflage. Wear your finest Realtree Sunday to get $15 off a lift ticket. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley.

“Everyone wearing camo is invited to meet up at the bottom of the Creekside Lift at 12 pm for an event photo,” the marketing team said on its Instagram page. “Discounted slope-use tickets must be purchased in-person at the ski ticket window. Refunds will not be given for slope-use tickets purchased online.”

There is no better place than the southeast for this record to be set. I love how camouflage has become a staple in ski and snowboard kits over the years. Snowboarder Dylan Alito rocked an all-camo fit for his X Games Knuckle Huck performance. I like to think of that as an ode to the high schoolers in the App Ski terrain park, who usually can be seen rocking their mom and dad’s old hunting gear on the hill.

In case you missed it, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort set the world record for the most people skiing in jeans in early December. A grand total of 3,114 people skied and rode in denim to beat out the previous record set at Remarkables Ski Area in New Zealand.

It’s a UEFA Champions League Wednesday. Are there any futbol lovers out there? If so, remember to tell your bartender at Hoot’s Bar and Grill or the Elevation Lounge or Beech Mountain Brewing Company to turn the TV on to Paramount Plus to watch FC Porto and Arsenal, and Barcelona take on Napoli. Both of those games start at 3 p.m.

Yesterday, I learned that starting on April 10, Frontier will have direct flights to Boston’s Logan Airport from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. I’m not sure if this route will be honored year-round, but if it is, then skiers and snowboarders in the Triangle will have a cheap option to travel to the northeast. Even if this turns out to be a spring and summer-only thing, you can still make it up to the northeast for some closing weekends.

Here’s what else you need to know to ski and snowboard in the southeast today:


With temperatures in the 20s, The ‘Shoe is nearly 100% open yet again. Just Spruce is closed this morning, as the resort’s team prepares for the weekend’s USASA racing event.

Want to save a few bucks with the family? Snowshoe has announced that kids ski free March 25 through 31. Lift tickets for those 12 and under are complimentary for the resort’s closing week.

“We’re gearing up for a wild and wonderful Wednesday here at the ‘Shoe!” the snow report says. “The weather is more on the “mild & wonderful” side, with sunshine and soft snow. We highly recommend making rope drop this morning as the corduroy is going to be scrumptious on a day like this.”

There are 11 lifts spinning this morning.


It’s beautiful out there.

Photo from Rob McLaughlin.

The Spyder sample sale starts today. Spyder’s 2025 samples will be 30% off the retail prices. Size runs are limited, so get there early.


Tonight is 70s night! Don your throwback attire and groove over to the tubing area.

“We have an awesome day in store with sunshine and high’s in the upper 40s,” the snow report says. “The snowmaking and grooming team were back at it last night building base and resurfacing the trails. Make sure to thank a snow maker if you see one today! Come on out and enjoy some weekday slopes!”

Snow Moon Fest will be held from March 1 through 3. There will be charity race to benefit the Elkton Area United Services, live music, a USASA slopestyle and rail jam contests, and fireworks.


There are 17 trails open at Cataloochee, and night skiing is open.

Richards Run terrain park has two features, while Turkey Trot has three right now. Those are:

  • 8-foot flat box
  • 6-foot Flat Rail
  • 15-foot Shotgun
  • 10-foot Round Hand Rail
  • 12-foot Rainbow Box

There are 22 slopes open today. Eleven of 12 lifts are spinning.


Back for another day at nearly 100% open. The team is making snow, and has been making snow.

This weekend is the Bluebird Festival. A family race and mini big air will be among the festival highlights. There will also be a pond skim.

“Mountain Operations had an amazing snowmaking run this weekend and conditions are great,” the snow reports says. “Our commitment to delivering the best experience possible remains unwavering, and we can’t wait to see you all out there shredding the fresh snow this week!”

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Don’t forget: Roxy and Girls Go Shred Ladies Park Nigh is scheduled for Feb. 24. Registration will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Alpine Ski Shop, and the event kicks off at 7 p.m.

The event is free with the purchase of a lift ticket and open to women of all ages, abilities, and both skiers and snowboarders.


Bryce will hold a Winterfest on March 9. There will be a pancake and waffle breakfast in the Shenandoah Center, a polar plunge in Stoney Creek, and the Locher Challenge ski and snowboard race on Bootlegger.

The resort made snow on Bootlegger and Upper Redeye two nights ago, ski patroller Bill Nabers said.

Photo courtesy of Bill Nabers.

“Good skiing today. Snow mostly soft and temps warmed up.  Skiing and tubing without the big crowds,” he said.

Video Of The Day

RVs and snowboarding go together like peanut butter and banana. But that’s for the ski bums, typically. When you think of pro riders in Japan, you probably don’t expect them to be sleeping on four wheels. But for Austin Smith and Erik Leon, two pros for The North Face, a recent trip to Hokkaido left them without an AirBnb to stay in. They booked an RV, added ripper Tyler Orton, and explored the island.

Powder slashes are aplenty in Ocular.


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