Notes and Quotes for Saturday, December 11th –

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Before I get to some comments for today, I want to thank one of our newest On-Snow reporters, Austin Beeghly. Austin has taken the early lead in On-Snow Reporter of the Year honors by giving us some much needed, early season assists. He’s also a pretty good semi-pro weather practitioner and has added to our weather insight. So again, Thanks Austin!

As of this report Appalachian has yet to fire their snowguns all day. Temperatures are ALL over the place in the region….and we can only guess that they’ve been just out of range…

We expect that all resorts will be laying down the snow overnight…and the forecast for the High Country is continued cold, with some snow in the forecast on and off for the next few days.

White Christmas Anyone?Our weather sources are giving us some VERY strong chances of snow on Christmas Day and more importantly we have COLD air through the long range forecasting period. Holiday skiing and riding WILL BE GREAT!

Here’s some note compiled by Austin Beeghly on behalf of We edited the material that we had already covered.

Saphire Valley – Did receive some Wind effect snow but does not have plans to turn on the guns. Looking like next week possibly.

Wolf Laurel – They are getting light snow as of right now. They have received about 3-4 inches of natural and are setting up there guns RIGHT NOW to try to make snow tonight if the humidity cooperates. Anticipation opening is NEXT weekend.

Cataloochee – NO SNOW stuck but did get some falling. Guns have been firing since about noon and plan to keep going as long as they can. OPENING HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TILL WED.

So skiing and riding at your favorite resort…with more terrain is on the way!


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