Today’s featured image is from Cataloochee Resort.
The roller coaster ride is about to get exciting.
After back-and-forth weather days, there is light at the end of the tunnel as colder air (and even a chance of some natural snow) is on the horizon.
Overnight, a handful of resorts cranked up snowmaking equipment to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. One of those resorts was Sugar Mountain which has allowed them to resume operations today for skiing and snowboarding.
Cataloochee, the other open resort in our coverage area, was also able to make snow overnight to help refresh their slopes for today.
Sugar is playing on four slopes (Northridge to Switchback through Upper and Lower Flying Mile) with the Summit Express in operation. They are reporting a 5-20″ base with a manmade and frozen granular surface. They do caution to be on the lookout for thin areas and bare spots.
Cataloochee is skiing and riding on three slopes (Easy Way, Lower Omigosh, and Rabbit Hill) with the Easy Way and Omigosh lifts in operation. They are playing on a frozen granular surface with an 8-12″ base.
Other resorts that were able to make snow include Snowshoe, Beech Mountain, and Ski Sapphire Valley.
Snowmaking will be hit or miss over the next couple of days, but the end of this week and next week looks exciting.
Our own Brad Panovich did his first Skier’s Forecast of the season, and it had fantastic news for us snow-lovers.
Snowmaking conditions and a chance of natural snow to start December? That will be awesome.
With that forecast, we will be on the lookout for some updated opening day announcements – particularly at App Ski Mountain and Beech Mountain – as we could have our second wave of resort openings next week.
Snowshoe is set to open next Friday, Dec. 4.
The third wave of resort openings will be the weekend of Dec. 11 as Canaan Valley and Ski Sapphire Valley have announced that as their target weekend.
I would be surprised if there isn’t another resort or two that starts up operations that weekend as it has been a very popular opening weekend in the past.
That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow and #ThinkCold!
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