Refreshing Start To Christmas Week

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It’s a refreshing start to the week.

Cold air and snowmaking have returned to kick off Christmas week, and the manmade blizzard is providing a much-needed refresh.

While a few resorts were able to make snow on Saturday night into Sunday morning, snowmaking is nearly across the board snowmaking this morning with some tranquil scenes over on Resortcams.

The Beech Mountain Summit camera provides some incredible views on mornings like today.

As you look at the ski report for the morning, today is definitely a huge #ThankASnowmaker day – I mean every day is a #ThankASnowmaker day – as the impact in just 24 hours is obvious on the slopes with some significant increases in base numbers.

The best part is there will be several snowmaking windows over the coming days at most locations.

I am sure our own Brad Panovich will share his latest Skier’s Forecast in the next day or so with all the details.

As we kick off the week, there are nine resorts with lifts turning.

You can view the full report over on the Snow Reports page, but here is a quick snapshot of things as we stand this morning.

North Carolina
App Ski Mountain (23°) – App has upped their base to 16-36″ overnight with groomed conditions. They are playing on seven trails with five lifts.

A park pass is now required for Appal Jam – which currently has two features set up. Ice Skating is open on a normal schedule.

Beech Mountain (27°) – Beech is riding on eight trails and four lifts this morning. They are playing on a 16-28″ base with a groomed and granular surface.

Cataloochee (29°) – Cat is reporting four slopes with three lifts spinning today, but I fully expect that number to go up in the coming days. They are reporting a 20-24″ base with groomed conditions.

They are operating on holiday hours of 8:30a-10p.

Sugar Mountain (22°) – Sugar is riding on a manmade and frozen granular surface atop an 18-58″ base. They are playing on nine trails with four lifts in operation.

Sugar is offering day and night sessions, and ice skating and tubing are also open.

West Virginia
Snowshoe Mountain (24°) – The ‘Shoe is playing on 107 acres of open terrain with 31 trails and 10 lifts in operation. They are reporting a 30″ base, and snowmaking will continue as long as conditions allow.

One of the best posts I saw on social yesterday was that snowmaking has begun on the Western Territory.

Timberline Mountain (22°) – Timberline is playing on 12 trails with three lifts today. They are reporting an 18-24″ base with groomed conditions.

Winterplace (22°) – Winterplace had a successful opening day on Saturday, and the fun continues today as they are playing on 12 trails with five lifts spinning. They are reporting a 14-40″ base with groomed conditions.

Check out some of the scenes from Saturday’s opening.

Bryce Resort (19°) – Bryce has resumed daily operations for ski and snowboarding. They are playing on four trails serviced by three lifts.

Wisp Resort (18°) – Wisp is playing on four trails with two lifts open for Monday. They have an 11″ base with groomed and variable conditions.
Tubing and the Mountain Coaster are also open.

I fully expect it to be a busy Monday as we await word on some opening dates and reopening dates in a few cases. A few of the resorts I expect we will hear from in the coming days include Wintergreen, Canaan Valley, Massanutten, and Wolf Ridge.

Be sure to check back (or follow us on social media) for the latest.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!

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