Plenty of Snow Despite Spring Fever Creating Temps – Come Ski or Ride!

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Anyone else got a bad case of Spring Fever from the warm weather yesterday!?! Oh my goodness it was a great day to do most anything. For the record, THAT INCLUDES SNOW SKIING! About the only thing different about skiing on Monday than back in January is that the snow is softer and you need to use a healthy bit of sunscreen!

Conditions looked pretty nice around the region according to several photos that we emailed from Monday. (We’ll post those later today.) If you liked Monday, you will love today as temps are forecasted to be more like Mid MAY across the region. Highs from Western North Carolina all the way to Wisp at Deep Creek in Maryland should be in the 60s to near 70° around mid day.

Normals for this day of the year are highs around the low to mid 50s and overnight low temps near 32°. However, the lows this morning at all of the resorts are in the 40s and highs will be more like early Summer.

DON’T BE FOOLED THOUGH! There is plenty of snow to ride and Spring Skiing is tons of fun. Actually COLD temps are forecasted to hit Saturday so this weekend should be nice. This could be a stellar weekend to ski, but as Ray Russell reported this morning, “Cold air masses don’t hang around for long this time of year, and that will be the case after we get by a chilly weekend. Next week looks springlike once again as southerly winds chase the cold away.”

There’s two to three weeks of the 2006-2007 ski season left, depending on the resort, and the snow is holding up pretty well. We’re seeing reports in Western NC that tell us that the best snow is at Appalachian, Cataloochee and Sugar Mountain with very little in the way of any kind of thin coverage. Ski Beech still has plenty of snow, but they DO have some substantial thin coverage and some bare areas as well.

Three of the four Virginia resorts are holding on to ski through this Sunday before ending their season, with only Wintergreen Resort pushing forward for another week or so.

The West Virginia and Maryland Resorts are looking pretty good with lots of snow and trails open.

Here’s a quick glance at the resorts of the Southeast. Check the SLOPE CONDITIONS page for more details.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 49° – 100% Open with Ice Skating Open as Well as Both of their Award Winning Terrain Parks.

Cataloochee Ski Area – 31° – Open from 1pm til 10pm with 10 of 12 slopes and a Groomed Base.

Ski Beech – 41° – 14 of 15 slopes open with thin coverage and some bare areas that are not being reported elsewhere. 

Sugar Mountain – 42° – 100% Open with all 20 trails and very nice conditions. Tubing is Closed for the Season.

Bryce and Massanutten Resorts are open for five more days with 100% of their terrain available.

The Homestead hasn’t updated reports in weeks and we think they are open until this Sunday. They are also accepting Golf Tee Times!

Wintergreen Resort – 50° – They are open with 25 trails with nice Spring Conditions. They reduced their base depth by 10” since yesterday, which was a correction from over the last several days. Wintergreen Resort is another place that you can ski early and play golf later in the day. Wintergreen offers one of the nation’s premier year-round golf destinations. Generally considered to offer the finest collection of mountain golf holes in the eastern United States, their stunning Mid-Atlantic golf resort offers a world-class golf experience. The recently renovated Devils Knob course, the highest course in Virginia at 3,850 feet, is known for cool summer temperatures and outstanding conditions. Or golf year-round on the nationally ranked Stoney Creek course… 27 holes designed by world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. Enjoy breathtaking views and superb conditions at our Virginia golf resort.

Canaan Valley Resort – 42° – They have 37 trails open today and very nice, Spring Conditions with Loose Granular Snow. They are scheduled to end their season on March 25th.

Snowshoe Mountain – 41° – Snowshoe has 54 trails open with good coverage and 10 lifts operating. …and they have an announcement to share with us that we posted as the story below this column on the front page of the website today.

General Manager and V.P. of Snowshoe Mountain, Bill Rock, announced the promotion of Brad Larsen to Director of Marketing, effective Monday, March 12, 2007.

“As Marketing Manager, Larsen has done an outstanding job overseeing the management of the Snowshoe Website, Team Snowshoe Shop program and the offsite ticket sales, to name just a few of his responsibilities,” said Rock. “He has also been the marketing liaison with Snowshoe’s revenue management team and has played a huge role in maximizing our guests’ experience. I am very pleased to welcome Brad on as the leader of the Marketing Department and look forward to more great things to come from his team.”

Larsen came to Snowshoe Mountain last September by way of Wisconsin with a wealth of knowledge as he held the Director of Marketing position for Welch Village Resort in Welch, MN. While in this role, he increased season pass sales by 38%, as well as set a record visitation in the 2005-2006 season; all the while decreasing the marketing costs for the resort.

Editor’s Note: Congratulations Brad!

Timberline Resort – 44° – They have 37 trails open for your enjoyment with good snow, through reporting it as Wet Granular. Timberline still has their top back country trails open with 0-11” of natural snow cover.

Until Next Time…


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