Yesterday was one for the record books at some ski areas around the Southeast, but it was one of those records that we’d rather not have. Day time highs rocketed into the 70s at many of the ski areas and reports have come in from many raccoon faced skiers and riders. Sunny skies were the norm on Saturday although a few scattered showers were reported as well. Saturday also provided pretty much the same summarization of conditions at all ski areas – diminishing coverage, some thin areas and a few bare spots were showing pretty much at all resorts.
Dakota Bauer who skis in the 11 & 12 year old age bracket around the High Country spent the second half of the day at my home after skiing the morning hours at
It IS important, as Cody illustrated, to make sure that our emphasis is on HAVING FUN when conditions are not as pristine as we’d like. The fact is there IS plenty of snow on the slopes and good side-to-side coverage on most. We did get reports from pretty much ALL ski areas that bare spots are opening up. With these mild temps you can’t expect much else. However there’s PLENTY of skiable terrain and you might as well enjoy the conditions. Expect very good skiing early after the slopes have been groomed and then slushy, mashed potatoes later in the day.
Here’s some notes and highlights –
Cataloochee will be open for Day Skiing Only today and then CLOSED on Monday (which is normal with their late season schedule).
Hawksnest will be open for DAY SKIING only on Sunday despite the fact that they are being shown as open for night skiing on some services. Hawksnest is also on a late season scheduling and has been reporting that they will be open weekends only until the close of their season. We have speculated that they may call it quits after today but there’s no official word and we’ll update you as soon as we know definitively one way or the other.
Ski Beech will operate today and close for the season at 4:30pm.
Sugar dropped their base depth dramatically over the past two days and they are now showing 20-65”. They do have some thin coverage and bare spots showing on some trails. Big Red is showing some wear as well. Good conditions and PLENTY of good, skiable terrain. They are in great shape considering the weather of late.
Both Bryce Resort and Massanutten in
Wintergreen Resort in
Some reporting services are reporting that Wintergreen is riding on four additional trails – they aren’t.
Wintergreen is showing some wear and thin coverage but they plan to fight and make snow when possible and remaining open through March and celebrating their 2005-2006 Season on April 1st-2nd with their Annual Wicked Huge Park Party ! ! Mark your calendars now for this spectacular event.
We like Winterplace’s attitude. They say, “Our primary Surface -Granular; Secondary Surface – Loose Granular. Even though there might not be any snow in your backyard there is Tons and Tons of snow at Winterplace! Mother Nature and Winterplace’s high capacity snowmaking system has buried the slopes with snow! We have packed it into a durable base that last and lasts!” It IS lasting although they too have some thin coverage and bare spots showing on some trails. Again – good side to side coverage though.
Ober Gatlinburg is skiing on 5 trails (not six as some are reporting) and they will close for the season after their day session today.
WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?
We received a few emails from people asking the question, “We have a ski trip planned for the High Country for next weekend and want to know if we can’t ski, is there anything else to do?”
MERCY! First of all, like Winterplace said above…snow on the slopes last a lot longer than you think and there will be skiing next weekend all across the Southeast. Appalachian is the best choice for next weekend as we do have some mild temps and a little rain in the forecast during the week. However colder temps may allow for SOME snowmaking mid week for the resorts that decide to take advantage of the temps. However it should be important to note that most of the higher elevations in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland DO have lots to do other than just skiing and snowboarding! There’s hiking, fishing, horseback riding and TONS of other outdoor activities to enjoy.
The question reminded me of something that I wanted to share with our visitors before the season’s over.
Boone, North Carolina was Named One of Four North American Adventure Destinations
In 2005, Boone was recognized by travel journalists as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination in the Southeast, even in
Into mountain biking? The 200 miles of trails in the
With “hundreds of miles” of byways and trails “and some of the highest peaks in the East…Boone has a little something for everyone,” the national magazine reports. We wholeheartedly agree!
We Are HighCountryOutdoors.com too!
A lot of people don’t know it but in addition to promoting skiing in both
Regardless of the weather – GET OUT AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS!!!
Until Next Time!
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