The temperatures last night dipped cold enough to make snow at many resorts across the Southeast, and it was surprising to see that Sugar and Hawksnest didn’t do so. We spoke with someone at Sugar this morning and asked them if they were planning to make snow and she answered, “Not to my knowledge.” So it appears they are set to ride out the rest of the season with what they have. Even though they were showing some significant bare areas right in the middle of their main trail yesterday…they actually are looking pretty decent this morning. They have closed another trail and that makes for 15 trails open today. The cold temps served to firm-up the snow and with some pushing around and grooming they look pretty nice. You can expect some thin coverage or bare spots here and there…but all in all a good day and weekend ahead at Sugar.
Hawksnest Resort didn’t make snow last night either and that does surprise us because they were speaking about plans to reopen this Friday but one look at the Live Camera up there this morning places those prospects in doubt. According to the forecast, there will only be borderline snowmaking ops tonight and Thursday night and even though cold enough temps are forecasted for this weekend it is doubtful that they’d make snow then. Also the weekend forecast is one that includes some rain/snow/mix kind of weather and Hawksnest could be holding off until the last moment to make a decision as the weekend gets a little closer. A more definitive idea of what they plan to do should be apparent on Thursday. We’ll keep you posted.
Now to the GREAT news —-
Appalachian and Cataloochee DID make snow last night – as did
As mentioned, Appalachian made snow last night and was STILL making snow at 8:30am or so. They have turned the guns off now and done some SWEET grooming so expect primo conditions particularly early at App. They have their popular terrain park and ice rink open as well.
Cataloochee Ski Area began the season in great fashion by being the first resort in the Southeast or Mid Atlantic to open this season. They appear to be ready to also ski right to their expected closing date of March 26th. They made snow last night and did some nice grooming and with 100% of their terrain open they look p-r-e-t-t-y inviting today!
Massanutten didn’t make snow either and they’ve closed a few more trails since yesterday. They will make it to their proposed closing of this Sunday. They have seven slopes open today with a 12-30” base and some thin coverage and bare spots.
Wintergreen Resort was HOPING to be able to make snow last night but were not able to get to it as temps hovered just out of snowmaking range. They’ve had to pare back to 13 open trails today and 4 lifts. Sarah Lovejoy wrote, “The winds are blowing in some cold air and there’s still plenty of skiing and riding left to do in the season. Today, we have 13 freshly groomed trails with a soft surface and 4 lifts will be running. The Plunge is closed today and should reopen for the weekend.”
Expect some thin coverage and bare spots today and also expect the snowguns to crank up asap! Wintergreen plans on remaining open through March and celebrating their 2005-2006 Season on April 1st-2nd with the Annual Wicked Huge Park Party!
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BASE DEPTHS ADJUSTMENTS —
We didn’t say anything about base depths to speak of on Tuesday but YOU GUYS noticed a couple of oddities. Tom Bennett wrote, “I have been reading your reports about bad base depths reporting all season and I have to admit I wondered if you were making much ado of nothing. However, yesterday
Well Tom, of course we noticed…but somehow you only picked on Sugar with your comments. Actually Sugar had dropped their base by 3” each of the previous days before yesterday so we thought it was kind of odd to see such a dramatic one day drop as well. Also note that they didn’t show ANY drop this morning. We’ve mentioned others like Wisp Resort in
Skiing and Riding should be GREAT over the next few days…so get out and enjoy them!
Until Next Time!
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