Six Inches of Snow Fell at Resorts inn Virginia & West Virginia; 5″ at Wisp Resort; Mostly Ice at North Carolina Ski Areas

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From what we are hearing via numerous reports this morning, some icy precip has or is falling even at some of the ski areas that received a mostly snow event over the last 24 hours.

The temperatures this morning range from 20° to 38° north to south and those temps made the difference in whether a mountaintop saw ice and freezing rain or significant snowfall.

Meteorologist Brad Panovich could give us all a lesson in temperature differences aloft that made this storm an all snow event in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia – while layering the North Carolina mountains with an icy mess and Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee with a rain-only event.

Last night I shared numerous photo captures from the webcams of some REALLY, HEAVY, LARGE FLAKES that were bombing Wisp Resort, Snowshoe, Canaan, Timberline and even Massanutten. This storm was even a bit discriminant as Winterplace Resort got ZERO snow out of this one and as I mentioned, the North Carolina resorts got nothing but an icy mess – although one ski area is calling it 2.5″ of snow…when that didn’t happen.

Here’s some looks at that snowfall last night:

Big flakes hitting Wisp Resort. Click to Enlarge!
Snowshoe Basin Cam showing snow falling. Click to Enlarge!

The Photo Below Shows Some Dryer Air Now Hitting the North Carolina Mountains.

Awesome Eagle’s Nest view this morning. Click to Enlarge!

It Hasn’t Been THAT Cold So Far this Season…

Okay, so we’ve had some mid teens and 20s this season, but not the really frigid temps that we’re used to for extended periods…

That looks to be changing towards the end of next weekend as some of the coldest air of the season is headed our way. That bodes well for continued great snowmaking ops.

Since SOME ski resorts received some significant snowfall, let’s share those that did. If a ski area didn’t receive SNOW, they are not on this list.

Seven of the seventeen ski resorts in the region saw snow.

6″ Snowshoe Mountain
6″ Massanutten Resort
5.2″ Canaan Valley Resort
5.2″ Timberline Resort
5″ Omni Homestead
5″ Wintergreen Resort
4″ Wisp Resort

Davis, WV has seen SNOW on FIVE straight days for a total of 12.6″ since January 8th.

Snowshoe actually tops that with 17″ of snow in the last seven days!

Wisp Resort has seen 11″ this week!

Check the SNOW REPORT for deets as there ARE more trails open across the region.

I’m only sharing NOTABLES or PHOTOS today.

Here’s Another Look from the Eagle’s Nest Cam. Click to Enlarge!
Snowy Shot of Canaan Valley. Click to Enlarge!
Nice view of SNOW at Omni Homestead this morning and it also shows the mini-snowmobile area for kids. Click to Enlarge!
Lately Wisp has just been photo-worthy! Click to Enlarge!
Timberline Looking better and better! Click to Enlarge!
Great shot at Appalachian yesterday. Click to Enlarge!
…and we got ice, ice baby. Yuck! Click to Enlarge! (Photo off my back deck!)

As far as Notables….

I just HAVE to start with Massanutten Resort today as their post will share the excitement that can only be summed up by saying they FINALLY have something to really smile about.


8:30 UPDATE: Mass Transit and Yee Ha will also open today, huge props to Mt ops for getting it done! Winter Storm Warning through 6 pm tonight, 6″ new snow and still snowing moderately. Diamond Jim was groomed at closing last night for the powder hounds. We’ll be skiing and riding on all 1,110′ of vertical drop with 10 trails for all levels of ability. No doubt the best day of the season is in store for today! We’ll be open today from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. SNOWMAKING IS IN PROGRESS!

Stop by lift 4 for the Freestyle Ski & Board equipment demos today and tomorrow from 9am – 2pm.

Wintergreen Resort – 5″ of new snow and they were so excited over being able to do some first tracks that they opened the slopes for everyone this morning at 8am!

They posted:
We want everyone to enjoy the snow as much as possible so we are opening the slopes to everyone at 8:00 am – that’s early access for everyone! We are still under a Winter Storm Warning with an additional 1 – 3″ possible through today – Yipee! As always, use caution while traveling and check VDOT for current road conditions.



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