Morning News for Thursday, January 31st, 2008

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Highway 184 Webcam is BACK!!!

We want to thank Mike and Susan Brown for the assist on getting the Highway 184 camera back running. The previous tenant at our Banner Elk Webcam location moved and the new guys juts moved in and allowed us to coordinate an effort to get it back up and running this morning!

The location is the same, but we repositioned the camera a bit to afford us a "taller" view of Beech Mountain and the peaks above Banner Elk so that we can see some snows atop the mountain, fall colors during that season and yet still get the road view for all of you who emailed us about missing this great shot.

We can now even zoom all the way in to see the gazebo atop Beech Mountain at the Oz area. Click here to see> Banner Elk WebCam 

North Carolina Resort Quick View of Conditions…

Appalachian – 24° – Darn they look in GREAT shape this morning! They made snow and are 100% open for skiing, snowboarding, two terrain parks and ice skating. On a scale of one to ten, conditions are at a "9" and only six inches or so of natural powder would take them to a ten.

Cataloochee – 20° – 10 of 14 trails open and they made snow. They have their popular Tube World open today as well as some terrain features. Don’t forget to join the Cat Crew on Thursday nights for the Cataloochee Challenge Cup Race Series. It’s a BLAST according to all of those who have written us.

Hawksnest – 15° was the low this morning and at 8am it is 21° and they are still making snow. They look sweet this morning as they did some nice grooming and strategic snowmaking and they have 10 of 12 trails open with the Terrain Park open and tubing as well.

Sapphire Valley is CLOSED on Thursdays.

Ski Beech – 24° – They are making snow as temps allow and have 13 of 15 trails open with only Upper and Lower White Lightning not open as yet. Terrain Park afficienados need to remember that there is a Red Baron Park Thursday Night Rail Jam at Beech tonight.

Gil Adams writes, "This week will be the first time (weather depending) we will be having an open session on ALL our features! The format remains the same, 1 ½ hours with as many laps as possible to impress the judges and the other competitors. With the crowds increasing every week, we believe this week will be no exception. The setup is the same registration and lift tickets available in The Red Baron Room with awards in The Beech Tree Restaurant. With tons of great prizes available."

Sugar Mountain – 22.6 – They are making snow and 100% open for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and probably about anything you have in mind. Just ask! There’s lots to do at Sugar and the conditions are phenomenal. We watched Sugar doing their normal great job of grooming this morning via the cams.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – 23° – Open to the top with 16 of 20 trails open. There is no evidence of snowmaking on their webcams but conditions are very good and they also have their snow tubing and terrain park open as well.


We received new videos from Brad and Matthew yesterday and we’ll post those for you this morning. In the meantime…

Look for a perfect weekend of skiing weather with sunny skies and highs in the 40s with lows in the 20s.

Looks like there will be a mild couple of days Monday and Tuesday with some rain in the forecast, but Wednesday things turn colder with SNOW SHOWERS and highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s. This has been a great run of cold weather and the snow comes in with nice timing as well!

Enjoy your day…

Until Next time…

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