A Mixed Bag of Winter Tricks Across the Region…More Slopes Open Than at Any Point in the Season.

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It is about 20° milder this morning than 24 hours ago. Most resorts are hovering in the mid 20s to around 30° as of 8am. A lot of snowmaking was going on late on Saturday but not now. Snow is falling in some places, and a mixed precip in others.

Roads are salted and sanded so get to the mountain early and be the first to shred the snow!!!

Check out the SNOW REPORT details for base, slopes offered, snowfall and temps (and more)

It is SNOGGING in some areas – saw it on the LIVE cam at Wisp Resort.

Here’s the rest of the ski cams…

…and now some comments…and shared content for your enjoyment

Beech Mountain Resort – 2″ of snow fell overnight and 6″ in the last 3 days. The always popular Oz Run is open today for the first time this season. Why do always make a big deal out of this trail opening? After all, it isn’t steep; it isn’t challenging.

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What it IS though is a really nice, long, glide trail that is located off of the top of the quad lift to the right. That trail will take you past the once magical “Land of Oz” theme park and down the western facing run. Nearly every ski slope in America faces north, east, or northeast – but the Oz Run at Beech Mountain faces west. It also features less traffic than many of Beech’s trails and you can often catch deer and even the occasional black bear on the run late in the afternoon as the sun sets.


The Oz Run at Beech Mountain is a magical ski slope–located somewhere over the rainbow.  WRAL Television in Raleigh featured this nice video of Oz Run a couple of years ago. Check it out on this episode of Tar Heel Traveler:

The ever popular Oz run opens on Sunday, February 4, 2018. This intermediate slope is a hidden secret and a local favorite. Snow is in the forecast, so don’t miss a great day on the slopes! The Oz slope is open for the day session only.


Wintergreen Resort is showing 26° this morning. They are also showing 25 trails open and we just had to share the fact that they had their own furry rodent forecasting six more weeks of winter. It also, evidently, knows how to run a snowmobile and groomer!

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Ober Gatlinburg – 42° and light rain as of 8am. However, I love this post from Ober:

With the daunting 100% chance of rain in the forecast, we are excited to report that we are to expect light to moderate rain to continue for the next several hours, tapering around noon and starting back up around 6pm. This gives us skiers and snowboarders several hours to enjoy the slopes! … of course this is just an interoperation of the weather and anything can happen!

Ober is 100% open and they host some events today as well.

Omni Homestead Resort – They’ve seen some snow (about 1.5″-2″) from the recent snow storm and they are 100% open with great conditions. Lynn Swann sent the photo of the day that is on the top of this report. Awesome, right?

Snowshoe Mountain – 22° and snowing. They saw another 1″ of powder over the last 24 hours and now 17″ in the last seven days. Shawn Cassell posted:

Happy Super Sunday from a super snowy Snowshoe Mountain! Try saying that five times fast.

The powder has already started falling this morning, and it looks like Mother Nature will be providing free refills all day long. Needless to say, ski conditions are top shelf right now so get your next trip planned ASAP. Mountaineer Park is open as a ski trail without features. Slaymaker and Spur will be delayed until 11AM for race practice. Widowmaker will be delayed until mid-afternoon for ski racing. The Cupp Run Challenge is tomorrow! Registration is full at this time. Cupp Run will be closed to the public tomorrow, however Shay’s Revenge will remain open.

Appalachian Ski Mtn – 31°

Apps Shred for Cup happens today! Click to Enlarge!

The final event of ATP’s signature Shred for the Cup Series, the Slopestyle, is scheduled for on Sunday, February 4.

The ATP Crew plans to setup a versatile and creative slopestyle through Appal Jam and Candied Appal for the event, with a variety of features for all ability levels.

Registration will be held outside the Alpine Ski Shop from 9 – 11am, warmups will be held from 11-11:30, with a riders meeting at 11:50.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Women categories will have 2 runs on the course, and Advanced will have 3. The single best run will count as riders final score.

Remember the overall series winners will be determined at this event as well, should make for an exciting competition!

The Shred for the Cup Series has become the benchmark competition series in the region, with 3 events held throughout the winter season that test skiers & snowboarders skills in a variety of park disciplines (Rail Jam, Big Air, and Slopestyle). As always, the series has categories and features that cater to all skill levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) of both skiers & snowboarders, as well as a dedicated Women’s category in both ski and board.

Volcom & Oakley are the presenting sponsors of the Big Air, and will be on-site supporting the event with tons of product for winners!

Competitors can register online and save $$, as well as download and fill out the Registration Form and Waiver to speed up the event-day process.

Cataloochee Ski Area – 1″ of new snow. 17 of 18 slopes open. Cool to see Cat reporting snowfall! Eeeeppp!

Massanutten Resort – Light snow possible Sunday morning, Then a wintry mix. – Big Game party in the lodge. There was some wintry mix happening at 8am.

…Who You Going to Believe? Us or Your Lying Eyes?

On Saturday we reported on Sugar’s most recent foray into snow reporting embellishments. Nowhere in the High Country has any ski area seen more than 0.7″ of snow in the last 24 hours and that was over at Blowing Rock. Gil Adams, Beech Mountain’s CoCoRaHs reporter posted 0.2″ of snow in the last 24 hours. Linville’s CoCoRaHs reporter, posted 1.0″. The reporter atop The Reserve, which is at the top of Sugar’s 6 man lift, posted 1.0 later this morning.

Well Sugar’s snowfall report is saying that they received another 4″ of snow overnight. As of Saturday AM, Sugar reported: 12″ of snow these last 4-5 days and now another 4″. They are reporting 45″ this season, compared to 34″ at Beech – which is located at a higher elevation. Meanwhile the official CoCoRaHs reporter located at the same elevation at the top of Sugar is reporting 7.4″ in these same last six days.

Anyone out there believing that Beech has 11″ less snow than Sugar this season. (I didn’t think so.)

That just isn’t happening people. I don’t get the “in your face” reporting. We simply have no choice but to call them on it.

Atop the Gazebo on Oma’s. Undisturbed for days. Might be 5-6″. Click to Enlarge.
Really pretty up though. Click to Enlarge! (Nope, there isn’t 6-8″ of snow here…much less a foot or 16″)

Ahhhh…there’s the 16″. Found it. Sorry, I take it all back. They were correct after all. Click to enlarge.

On a More Happier, yet Nostalgic Note…

I was compiling some 90 videos that we shot at Beech Mountain last Friday from our office excursion and uploading to a Google drive so we could all share them…and I came across some AWESOME, AWESOME vintage videos from Beech Mountain.

This first video is of Beech in 1969. Check it out!


I LOVED this one….Peter Graves talks about Beech and Pinnacle Inn

Here’s a recent PROMO video of Beech we thought you’d enjoy.

We have so much great video from Beech last week, that we may create a video series to share later in the week.

Enjoy your day…

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