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The closing days for all of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic ski areas are upon us. Sugar Mountain and Massanutten closed for the season after day skiing on Tuesday. That leaves only Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock and Cataloochee is Maggie Valley open in the state of North Carolina. Both resorts plan to close on Sunday, March 30th.

Mostly sunny skies and golf, tennis, and rafting promoting temperatures are forecasted for today through the long range forecasting period. Highs are expected to get to 60° today, and mid 60s for Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday should drop back into the low to mid 50s. So it will be a shorts and sleeves kind of closing weekend and that should make for some real fun at many of the resorts that plan to end things with a bang. Several have pond skimming and other events planned and conditions will be very nice for those of you who just want to make a few extra turns and perhaps even be the last skiers or snowboarders off of your favorite hill.

Appalachian has their Meltdown Games this weekend. They will have big air comps, trash bag / downhill races, a cardboard box derby, a high ollie contest, a pond skimming and costume contest and something that they call a "Chinese Downhill".

Check out the full details by clicking here> Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Meltdown Games 

Appalachian is 100% open for day skiing only today. They were doing some fancy grooming yesterday, cutting what appeared to be the start of a superpipe or something. This morning it appears that they have smoothed that into a substantial jump right in the midst of the main hill.

Cataloochee Ski Area – They have 5 trails open from 1pm-10pm today and today is also "Family Day at Cataloochee" when a child 17 and under will receive a free lift ticket with the purchase of a adult twilight or night lift ticket. That’s a sweet little deal although many will tell you that every day is family day at the Cat.

Get out and play as there’s plenty of good base at both App and Cataloochee and the snow is soft and "forgiving". Take your sunscreen and enjoy the day!

Until Next time…

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