One More Week of Ski Season Thanks to a Few Ski Areas

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Things were a little wet into West Virginia and Maryland on Saturday, but some of you did some riding as we have some photos to post and we’ll get to those later today. Looks like things won’t be so wet on Sunday up that way.

Snowshoe Mountain’s Lindsay Kutsko (who has done a great job of keeping us informed since Andrea Smith’s departure) wrote, “With the warm weather and a break in the weather, today could be a great spring skiing and riding day. Today’s high will be 62 degrees .With a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. All trails were groomed last night except Widowmaker, Cupp, Shay’s,Knot Bumper, Knot Bumper Glades and Ballhooter. Shay’s Revenge on the Western Territory will not be open today. The base is 22"- 34" with spring conditions. Please be aware of thin coverage. Your final days of skiing and riding this season are approaching and we know there’s still more in you…we’re pulling the ropes on the 2006-2007 ski season on Sunday, April 1, so don’t miss these final days! Those feeling brave can try out the pond skimming next Saturday.”

Wintergreen Resort is having some Season ending SLIDE & SPLASH BASH fun today! The Ski Area will close for the 06/07 season today at 4:30pm. Sarah Lovejoy wrote, “It should be a beautiful, warm day today, come out for one last day of tubing, skiing and riding. We will be open today for day sessions only, skiing and riding on 14 trails with a machine groomed surface and there will be 3 lifts running. Late Season SUPER SAVER RATES will be in effect today.”

The weather was unbelievable in Western North Carolina on Saturday with sunny skies and temps near 70°. We took a peek at the weather forecast for the week ahead because it was going to be exciting and interesting to watch Appalachian actually make MORE snow if the temps allowed. They’ve done so several of the last few seasons. However it doesn’t look like App’s going to get their chance as the weather looks to be mild in the 60s for highs and 40s for lows through the period. Nevertheless App has a ton of snow to make it to Easter if they wanted to. Brad Moretz and our buddy, Jim Cottrell took a tape measure and ladder out to the slopes the other day and measured nearly ELEVEN FEET of snow at one point of the mountain. There’s an amazing photo of it over at (We’d have posted it here but haven’t had time to get the okay to show it.) Don’t be confused by the news on their front page that states that Sugar will stay open til April 1st. They made a decision on Thursday to call it quits today.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is still 100% open with very nice Spring Conditions. That means 10 trails open with very nice, side to side coverage. Ice Skating is available as well. The low this morning was 57° and App is reporting a base drop of 6” in the last 24 hours. Also note that Appalachian is now open for DAY SKIING ONLY for the rest of the season. That is day skiing only from today through next Sunday’s Meltdown Games! Be sure to check back here over the next week as we will detail all of the fun planned for App’s last weekend of skiing. Make plans to be there for April Fool’s Day!

Cataloochee Ski Area is skiing and riding on 4 of 12 slopes and day skiing only today. They will be closed Monday and then open through April 1st as well. Don’t forget that Sunday, April 1, lift ticket pricing will go back to 1961 rates of $2.75 – from 8:30am-4:30pm on that Sunday only. Regular rental rates will be applied.

Sugar Mountain is skiing their last sessions of the season today. Sugar is open for Day Skiing Only and will end their season this afternoon. They have dropped two trails and are playing on 11 trails for today. They are having a “burning of the snow” bit of fun today. (Get us some photos!)

Until Next Time…

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