Watching Clouds Flying By…Frozen Tundra Across the Ski Mountains this Morning

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Today’s Photo of the Day is from Winterplace Resort. We love sunrises, sunsets and smiling faces here at SkiSoutheast! Photo compliments of Winterplace Resort.

Snowguns were cranking this morning, but I watched some crews pulling some of the snowmaking equipment away and turning them off in preparation for another amazing Saturday and Weekend of Skiing & Snowboarding here in the Southeast.

Sugar Mountain crews were pulling guns away, prepping for another awesome day. Click to Enlarge!

It’s going to be gorgeous today. This morning sure is/was. It is going to be windy. I watched the live streams this morning as the winds were blowing the light bit of snowmaking powder off of the top of the slopes and across to destinations unknown (probably against the trees or in the edge of some slope where you might find a surprise stash of deeper, manmade powder.

15-25 mph winds are meant to be fanning the slopes of the Southeast this morning and gusts are forecasted to reach 45 mph. So bundle up. Temperatures today might reach the low to mid 20s at locations like Snowshoe West Virginia. We may see highs in the mid 30s into the Virginia and North Carolina ski mountains. Even Gatlinburg Ski Area, which is starting out in the low 20s this morning will only reach the low 40s. So with the addition of rather brisk winds…the wind chill temperatures will make things more challenging for skiers and snowboarders who are not properly dressed.

Check out this quick video capture from the webcams this morning. Be sure to hang around for the Timberline Mountain webcam up top as the high winds were buffeting the camera to the point it might make you dizzy!

Most of the region saw a dusting of natural snow on Friday and it really snowed most of the day. Snowshoe Mountain Resort was the natural snowfall winner from the last 24 hours with 2″ being reported.

Base Depths Soaring!

How does 5.4 FEET of base snow sound to you? That is the MINIMUM base depth being reported at Appalachian Ski Mountain this morning. Try NINE POINT SIX FEET of snow for their MAXIMUM base depth!

Here are the Reported Base Depths

Appalachian Ski Mountain
Beech Mountain Resort
Bryce Resort (Although they have not updated since Feb 13th.)
Canaan Valley Resort
Cataloochee Ski Area
Massanutten Resort
Ober Gatlinburg
Sapphire Valley Resort
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort
The Omni Homestead Resort
Timberline Mountain
Wintergreen Resort
Winterplace Resort
Wisp Resort
Wolf Ridge Resort



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For the last two seasons we’ve been sharing the fact that many of our ski resorts in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic have been selling out on MANY Saturdays and Sundays. Such has been the case on numerous weekends even recently. So it is no surprise that this weekend -Saturday and Sunday – we have several ski areas already reporting that they are SOLD OUT of lift tickets, lessons and equipment. President’s Day Weekend is traditionally one of the three busiest weekends of the year – with Christmas to New Years and MLK Weekend being the other two. The slopes and mountain communities that makeup our southeastern ski areas will be wall-to-wall packed and many will be already, totally SOLD OUT.

It has gotten so bad that we are hearing reports coming out of Massanutten Resort of illegitimate tickets being sold for some of their amenities such as the ski slopes, snow tubing and for use of their popular waterpark. Good grief. I guess this is yet another byproduct of so many people not working in the U.S. and finding other, more nefarious ways to cheat people and make money. Massanutten has already reported that – Tickets that were not purchased directly from Massanutten Resort (either in-person or through may not be honored or refunded and may require a valid ID.


Saturday Photo and Video Shares (& Notables)

Bryce Resort.

Bryce may not update their snow report or website often, but they do a nice job with the social media postings and they tagged SkiSoutheast in on this one.

Canaan Valley Resort Grooming Perfection this morning. Click to Enlarge!
Wintergreen is evidently hosting some races today! Click to Enlarge!
Massanutten Resort was making snow and looking gorgeous this morning! Click to Enlarge!
Winterplace had things groomed to perfection and ready for the crowds. Click to Enlarge
Snowshoe Mountain was being “Snowshoe Mountain” all glorious and ready for a busy day! Click to Enlarge!
A look at Snowshoe this morning from across Shavers Lake. Click to Enlarge!
Ober Gatlinburg’s Snow Tubing hill looked ready to rock, roll and slide on! The slopes looked great as well, but the camera was snowed over. Click to Enlarge!
Sugar Mountain Resort was making snow and grooming this morning. Click to Enlarge!
This is a new favorite webcam of ours that shows great sunrises atop Sugar Ski & Country Club and Oma’s Meadow. Click to Enlarge!
Great shot at Cataloochee Ski Area this morning as GM Chris Bates was out grooming amidst a Cataloochee snowmaking blizzard. Click to Enlarge!
Great shot from the top of Beech Mountain Resort’s 5505′ elevations. Click to Enlarge!
Another Beech Mountain capture showing off the clouds below. Click to Enlarge!
Appalachian Ski Mountain was creating a snowglobe effect from all of the snowguns firing at once! Click to Enlarge!

Ending on a sour note…

Wolf Ridge tried to get their quad lift repaired before this busy weekend, but alas they will only have 3 beginner slopes open to offer the massive crowds. Click to Enlarge!

We’ve heard from many people who were attending Wolf Ridge with church groups and they were asking about making accommodations for them to have access to more slopes.  Unfortunately if you can’t get people up the hill, that won’t be happening. Social media was lit up over the last few days from people wondering if Wolf could be purchased and improved.

Wolf has been for sale really since 2008 and nothing has materialized.

That will do it for me today. Email me at [email protected]


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