Some Proper Snowmaking Going On Around the Region This Morning, Mate!

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The Photo up Top is from Cataloochee Ski Area this morning at 8am.

Today is kind of our unofficial, official start to the 2023-2024 Ski & Snowboarding season. While we have been posting a little something daily for the last few weeks, it has just felt “lacking”. What was lacking was the sound of snowmaking equipment roaring to action in a big way.

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We have provided a list of which resorts are and are not making snow this morning. While not every ski area in the region is cold enough quite yet to crank up the machines – it is safe to say that we have more ski areas making snow as of 8am this morning than we’ve had thus far in November. Even with five resorts that are making snow this morning, we still have eleven others ready to get in on the fun and with temperatures expected to dive down Monday night and for a lot of this week, we’d expect to see a ton of snow being made.

A close friend of mine recently moved to the High Country from England and he emailed me this morning, “Mike, my brotha, now this is some proper snowmaking going on. Can’t wait to hit the slopes this winter, mate.”

I borrowed from his enthusiastic email to create the title of this morning’s FirsTrax. By the way, look for Josh Sullivan to take over the reins of posting each morning beginning this week.

Here is an 8am rundown of what we’re seeing via the LIVE CAMS and weather stations:

33° Appalachian Ski Mountain – No Snowmaking
26° Beech Mountain – Making snow up top, but not at the base. They picked up a dusting of snow overnight.

37° Bryce Resort – No Snowmaking. They’ve previously made good snow.
30° Canaan Valley Resort – No Snowmaking this morning. They did get some light snowfall (0.4″) and they’ve made good snow prior.

A look at Canaan Valley Resort this morning…looking all beautiful!

27° Cataloochee Ski Area – Making snow this morning. (See photo up top!)

28° Hatley Pointe – No word on whether they are making snow.

40° Massanutten Resort – No snowmaking this morning, but they made a lot of snow over the weekend. W

32° Ober Mountain – Tubing is open. No snowmaking elsewhere just yet.

34° Sapphire Valley – No Snowmaking this morning. They have made snow prior.

23° Snowshoe Mountain – Made the most snow in the region and are making it all over the mountain this morning.

Snowshoe Mountain’s Base is getting blasted this morning.

26° Sugar Mountain – Making snow on the base which is almost bare at 8am. They’ve made snow up top over the weekend.

A lot of people have predicted that Sugar will open tomorrow, Tuesday. We’re thinking Wednesday or Thursday.

35° Omni Homestead Resort – No Snowmaking this morning.

29° Timberline Mountain – They are now making snow for the first time in several days and they picked up 0.4″ of natural snow overnight.

34° Wintergreen Resort – They are not making snow this morning but they did over the weekend.

39° Winterplace Resort – Not making snow this morning.

28° Wisp Resort – Not making snow this morning

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