It’s another cold morning at ski areas in the region, which has allowed snowmaking to resume yesterday and overnight for many resorts. Everyone is at or below freezing right now, with the exception of Wolf Ridge who was at 32.5 degrees this morning. Not everyone made has been making snow, which is kind of odd since we’re going to have a warm weekend and beginning of next week. I guess everyone is still sitting pretty right now after the big time snow this past weekend. The colder temps have allowed all of that snow to stick around and not melt. Keeping those utility costs down!
One of the ski areas that was making snow this AM was The Omni Homestead in Virginia and they were BLASTING the slopes. Here’s a screengrab I got.
That’s what we call a manmade blizzard..
A Little Snow
In addition to the snowmaking temperatures, Mother Nature is going to help bolster slope conditions for the weekend by putting down a few inches for the North Carolina and West Virginia resorts tonight and early tomorrow. We’re only talking about 1-3″ here, but it’ll help refresh the trails for what I’m assuming is going to be a very busy weekend.
Thursday night into Friday morning quick moving clipper brings 1-2" of northwest flow snow to the mtns. #wncwx pic.twitter.com/Z8fyJVJpWo
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) January 28, 2016
If you can get out and take advantage of the snow tomorrow I would highly suggest it. I have a feeling this is going to be the busiest weekend of the season thus far thanks to last week’s snow and milder temps this weekend. It’s going to be in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s by Sunday with plenty of sunshine. Spring skiing anyone? Quite a turnaround from last weekend and many people are going to be flocking to the mountains to take advantage of it. My plan on weekends like this involves getting in the lift line 15 minutes before it opens, lapping as much as possible for the first hour or two, and then hiking the park for the rest of the day. Always works for me.
A Good Read
If you haven’t read David McCue’s latest article yet, you are missing out. He was up in the Davis, West Virginia area all weekend long taking advantage of the multiple feet of snow that fell up that way. He was able to go to all three ski areas in that region…Canaan Valley, Timberline, and Whitegrass. I’ve never made it up there before but this article really gives me some motivation to go up there on a powder day. There are tons of great pictures and he gives a great overview of each resort. I have really enjoyed reading his articles this year! Check it out by clicking the link below.
I’m going to wrap things up today with that. Sorry for the short post, but I’ve been up all night running a fever and am trying to get to the doctor. I never get sick, and I’ve been sick 3 times now in the past month or two. It better not ruin my plan to go snowboarding on Saturday!
Check out the SNOW REPORT page for all the current trail counts and conditions and what not. I’ll try and give a detailed look at everything tomorrow and highlight some events that are going on this weekend. It’s shaping up to be a fun one!