(Rare) March Powder Day, Today!

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I figure if you are a reader of SkiSoutheast.com, I am guessing that you probably don’t want winter to end just yet. In years past, we have sometimes been a little ‘cheated’ by end of season conditions. Rest assured, that is not the case . . . for now.

I made it out to Cataloochee yesterday and it was one of my top 3 days this year, out there (the other 2 days being the big 20″ snowstorm in early Dec.). The snow was super good and firm, after having been super-cooled for 3 days/night prior. The temps were just above freezing and the sun was out . . . it just doesn’t get much better in the Southeast.

Playing at Cat yesterday
My buddy Chuck laying down some serious edge angle

Overnight, Snowshoe saw 2″ of snow, Winterplace with 1″, and most others had some dusting or trace upon sunrise this morning. There was even some (slightly unexpected) snow showers at Appalachian Ski Mountain and at Cataloochee.

The bigger news is that it is currently snowing at most resorts. Today, the northern resorts (WV/VA/MD plus Beech) should see an inch (minimum) up to 4″ at the ‘Shoe.

Tonight, we should see ‘leftovers’ from this storm with up to an inch (more) possible . . . making for fresh tracks tomorrow morning.

Chalk up that rare March powder day today . . . Because tomorrow, the ‘unspeakable’ pays us a visit.

WV keeps the snow streak alive . . . Canaan is claiming ‘Best Conditions of the Season’! 

  • Snowshoe: 2″ in 24hrs (13″ in 7days). Reporting Packed Powder / Groomed Conditions
    • “It’s a snowy morning here at the Shoe! Mother Nature has delivered 2″ of freshness so far and it’s still coming down. With the weekend still to come we have received over a foot of snow already this week!”
    • Closures . . . “Cascade/Slaymaker/Spur will be closed for a ski race.”
    • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 7pm tonight:
      • Today: “Periods of Snow. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.”
      • Tonight: “A chance of snow before midnight. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.”
  • Canaan: .2″ in 24hrs (10.8″ in 5 days). Reporting Packed Powder Conditions
    • 40 out of 47 trails available today! . . . “Today is shaping up to be the BEST day of the season”.
    • “We will be opening a ton of natural terrain, including The Meadow Glades, Meadows 3, The Glades, and countless other trails all across the mountain.”
    • How much more snow?
      • Today: “Snow. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.”
      • Tonight: “A chance of snow before 11pm. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.”
  • Winterplace: 1″ in 24hrs (5+” this week). Groomed & Variable Conditions
    • Skiing and Tubing Conditions are so good at Winterplace that they are adding . . .

      Bonus night sessions have been added for Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th.  We will be open until 9pm both nights.

    • Forecast: Snow on and off throughout the day.
      • Today: “Periods of snow before 5pm. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.”
  • Oglebay: Open from 4pm-9pm Fridays and reporting a 12″ groomed base.

Wisp should see 1-3+ inches today . . . leftovers tonight. 

  • Wisp: Currently snowing at Wisp. Open on 31 trails. Reporting Groomed / Frozen Granular conditions.
    • Today: “Snow, mainly before 5pm.  Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.”
    • Tonight: “A chance of snow, mainly before 9pm. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.”
    • Weekend closures include (expert) Squirrel Cage, for a race event.

All NC resorts saw trace amounts of snow overnight . . . better than expected!

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 100% open AND the largest base depth in the region at 66-122″! Made 1″ of snow overnight

  • Cataloochee: “Our amazing snowmaking team has got that covered for you plus we have a little natural snow falling this morning as well!
    • “Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 43-78″ on 15 slopes and offer three sessions:  day skiing from 9am-4:30pm, twilight skiing from 1pm-10pm and night skiing from 6pm until 10pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.”
  • Beech: A dusting overnight. Snow making is on and reporting Packed Powder / Groomed Conditions.
    • Winter Weather Advisory in Effect until 1pm
      • Today: “New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.”
Beech: Looks like mid-winter (not mid-March) conditions today atop 5506′!

VA is going to ‘play in the snow a little longer’!

  • Homestead: “It’s snowing!! We’re having so much fun with winter activities, that we’re going to play in the snow a little longer! For the remainder of March, weather permitting, we will be open on Saturdays and Sundays for skiing snowboarding, tubing and mini snowmobiles.”
    • Today: Base is 26″ of groomed conditions with fresh snow falling
      • 6 Trails and 2 lifts operating between 9am-4:30pm
Light snow falling at Homestead throughout the day
  • Snowy morning at Homestead. Courtesy of Matt Fussell
  • Massanutten: 100% Open. Today: “New snow accumulation of 1-2” possible.””It’s hard to imagine much better conditions but, today’s forecast for some light snow will re-fresh an already fresh surface! School’s Out Special is valid today if your school is closed for inclement weather!
    College Days Special is valid Monday – Friday for the remainder of the season.”
  • Wintergreen: 100% Open. Hours: 9am – 9pm Fridays

Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 29. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


Snow before 7pm, then patchy fog and a slight chance of snow and a slight chance of sleet and a slight chance of freezing rain between 7pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 2 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

  • Bryce: 100% Open until 5pm.

Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind 2 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.


Snow likely before 7pm, then patchy fog. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 2 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Ober keeps the season going . . . Hopes for 96 operating days this year!

Ober: Today we are open from 9am-10pm and will have 5 runs open:  Mogul Ridge, Upper Bear Run, Cub Way, Ski School and Castle!  The base is 15-35″ on our main slopes and the terrain park is located on the Skiers Right of Castle Run. Snow conditions are Machine Groomed.

END OF SEASON UPDATE:  We will continue to operate our ski/snowboard slopes after Sunday, March 10.  We will operate daily as long as we can, potentially through March 17th.  After Sunday March 10th, we will operate Mon-Friday, Noon-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-7pm.

That’s all for today.

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