Snow Report for Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Photo is from Bryce Resort Grooming Yesterday

The calendar says it is mid-November, but the slope conditions on the ski areas that are open for business today are showing the kind of quality snow that we usually see in January.

I’ll go ahead and mention that there are four resorts open for skiing and snowboarding on this beautiful Saturday.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – with 8 slopes open for day and night sessions.

Bryce Resort in Virginia is open for their first day of the 2019-2020 season with mountain biking and skiing for day sessions today. They have their Bunny Slope and Bootlegger open. They have not shared a report per base depth, etc.

Cataloochee Ski Area reopens today for day sessions from 8:30am-4:30pm on 5 slopes and trails and a base of 25-40″.

Sugar Mountain Resort is open with 7 slopes for day and night sessions on a reported base of 20-34″.

Many others made or are making snow as of this report, prepping the slopes for opening days that are slated for as early as next weekend.

In fact, Massanutten Resort is already announcing their EARLIEST OPENING DAY EVER, which is slated for Saturday, November 23rd. They will actually be open a day earlier for Season Pass holders and Homeowners at the popular Virginia resort.

Live Video Snow Report for Today:

I’m going on record to say that I am not any where near mid-season form/ready to be doing any kind of LIVE commentaries, so I did ramble a bit on this first Video Snow Report for today. Check it out and don’t be too critical. I’ll get up to speed. I ran this LIVE via Facebook earlier this morning.


Other Announced Openings Include:

Beech Mountain Resort – November 23rd
Snowshoe Mountain Resort – November 22nd
Massanutten Resort – November 23rd
Canaan Valley Resort – December 13th
Ober Gatlinburg – Opens for Tubing November 23rd
Sapphire Valley – Target date of December 14th

All of the rest are To Be Announced, which means that they will open as soon as they can and weather permitting. Those are:

Omni Homestead Resort
Wintergreen Resort
Winterplace Resort
Wisp Resort
Wolf Ridge Resort


I want to thank everyone who responded to our invitation to be a part of our content team. We had (44) snow industry loving souls connect with us and I will admit that we’ve been so busy that I have not had an opportunity to reach out. We want to recruit writers and photographers in close proximity to ALL of our snow mountain communities and it seems that we’ve had the kind of response I was hoping for. If you have previously reached out, hang in there as I hope to catch up some this weekend.

If not, check out the story HERE and let us know if you’re interested. the more the merrier.


Speaking on Content Contributors…

I want to thank our staff for having my back over the last week or two with snow reports, FirsTrax and more. Matt Laws has done a great job, and additional thanks to Lindsay Robles for getting up with most of our ski resort marketing peeps and updating events and more.

Joe Stevens of Snow News is Good News will be sharing his first post on his column on Sunday. Joe annually checks in with many of his meteorologist connections from around the region to get their take on the long-range 2019-2020 Winter Forecast for the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

We have that to look forward to.

On a side note, Joe has been busy as well, but we texted back and forth last night and he shared that he’s back to running 4-5 miles a day. Those of you who were at last season’s Summit may remember him moving around on a walker after hip surgery. …and now he’s running again.

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