Snow and Cold Temps Equal Nice Conditions and MORE Open Terrain!

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Please hold your applause until we’ve announced all of the slope conditions across the region! Suffice to say that ALL ski areas have been making snow around the clock since Monday night / Tuesday morning and those 48+ hours have been well spent by the most talented snow makers and groomers in the United States. (If you’ve just started reading this website, you’ll know that we’ve made that claim numerous times over the years, but I’d challenge anyone, anywhere to rebut the statement. Our snowmakers and groomers HAVE to be the best, because of where we are located.)

This morning the conditions are simply amazing with some major increases in base depth at many areas and more slopes open as well. To save space, we’re not going to comment individually about snowmaking since they have ALL blasted the slopes for the last two days and that should continue today as well.

We’re also receiving some snow this morning. A dusting has spread across much of the region this morning. We’ve been watching the radar and it appears that the storm that is delivering dangerous ice to the south of us (into Georgia and South Carolina (and eastern North Carolina) is MISSING the western North Carolina area and only providing some light snow flurries.

As of 8am, we’re seeing some moderate snow falling here at our offices.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is reporting a low this morning of 19° and an increase of 6-10” of base depth in the last 24 hours. They went from a base of 12-28” yesterday am to 22-34” this morning and they have seven trails open, including the Appal Jam terrain park. They plan to open more slopes by the weekend.

Cataloochee is reporting a dusting of snow this morning and 28° and they too have increased their base depth by 10” in the last 24 hours. They are now reporting 24-40” and seven trails open today as well as their popular tubing area.

Hawksnest – We spoke with Rowe up at The Hawk this morning since they hadn’t updated their web report as yet. Hawknest added about 5” of base since yesterday and they are working to get more and more terrain open. They have added Raven’s Run trail to those that are open today. They have seven trails and tubing as well. Upper Sock ‘Em Dog and Right Stuff is open as well!

If you have an opportunity to ski today – please ski up at Hawksnest as they are doing a nice benefit ski day today for their 2nd annual Watauga Education Foundation Day. Proceeds from lift ticket and snow tubing sales will be donated to the Foundation. Go have fun on the slopes and Hawksnest will donate the money to the foundation. Thursday is also Free Lesson Thursday, go rent your equipment with Hawksnest and receive a free beginner lesson!

Ski Beech – They wanted us to share that Beech has gone wireless. They are the second resort in the state to go wireless for their visitors. Ski Beech now has wireless internet service in the bakery located in the Beech Tree Village. Gil Adams shares, “While you are here on your ski trip it is now convenient to check email as well as surf the net when you take a break from the slopes. Our Bakery has specialty coffees, baked goodies, snacks (including hot dogs), and cold drinks for refueling and refreshing after a few runs on the slopes, and while you are taking a break, you can enjoy using a wireless internet connection. The village also has several shops with clothing, gear, and souvenirs, and in the center of the village is a 7,000 sq.ft. outdoor ice rink to round out the mountain experience. Come on up and visit us at Ski Beech.”

They are reporting the same 6-18” base as yesterday, but they have added two trails to their open trail count as they now have 6 slopes open. Look for more soon!

Sugar Mountain Resort has upped their base depth by 4” in the last 24 hours and are now reporting a 21-41” base and they also have 12 slopes open today. The SSAA is only reporting (10). They have 12 trails available today and among the open terrain is BIG RED! It’s the first time this season that Big Red is open!

Wolf Ridge Resort is reporting some light snow this morning and seven slopes open. The SSAA is saying 10 trails open and they are reporting 10-20” base. Wolf is reporting 15-30” which is an increase of about 4” since yesterday. Conditions are great and you can expect more open by the weekend.

Do us a favor and send us your snow and ski pics from today! Also if you’re interested in the rest of the ski areas of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic…be sure to visit for more information, photos of the day and the snow report. Hint: Some of the resorts north have seen more than 4” of snow in the last 24 hours!

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