Some snow and wind highlight Thursday

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Today’s Featured Image is from Snowshoe  – check out that beautiful sunset from last night.

December continues to have a snowy start for the northern part of the region.

Snowshoe and Canaan Valley received over four inches of snow overnight to keep their stellar weather week going, and several resorts were able to make snow to help improve conditions as we head into the weekend.

The webcams show a beautiful winter scene as some light snow is still falling at Wisp, Canaan, and Snowshoe.

It looks like a winter wonderland at Canaan Valley this morning.

Wisp also joined in on the fun as they have just over two inches of snow on the ground after receiving an inch or so overnight.

The other headline this morning is the wind. Gusts reached over 60 mph in the North Carolina High Country – with the Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge station reporting a gust of 106 mph. The station reported multiple gusts over 100 mph since midnight and is averaging just under 70 mph since midnight.

Goodness – that is some strong wind.

Most locations have seen gusts in the 40-60 mph range overnight and this morning, and fortunately, winds are forecasted to calm down as the day marches down with some beautiful skies.

All-in-all, it will be a great day on the slopes.

We have five resorts open for play on this beautiful Thursday.

App Ski Mountain – Sporting a 28-36” base with packed powder conditions. They have six slopes and four lifts open. App is open for both day and night skiing.


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Beech Mountain – The mountain ops crew was able to add to their base overnight as they have an 18-34” base with a packed powder surface. They have five slopes and three lifts open.

Cataloochee – The crew in Maggie Valley had a strong night as well as they were able to add three slopes to the mix as they now have nine slopes and three lifts open. They are playing on a 26-48” base.

Cataloochee is looking in prime condition this morning.

Snowshoe Mountain – The Cheat Mountain magic has provided some excellent conditions today – the resort teased they will be opening additional slopes in the coming days in the snow report and on social media. They upped their base to 58” overnight and are playing on 14 slopes with four lifts.

Sugar Mountain – Open for both day and night skiing with a 23-39” base that is featuring a manmade powder and frozen granular surface. They have seven slopes and three lifts open.

Wisp Resort is getting closer to opening day. We expect them to open within the next week and a half.

Weather-permitting, we look for Bryce Resort and Massanutten to resume operations this weekend as they are still on their early-season schedule, and we are keeping an eye to see when Wolf Ridge will try to open things up.

The next (and final) wave of resort openings is set for next weekend as December 13-14 is going to be go-time for most of the remaining resorts.

As we get open dates confirmed, we will be sure to pass those along.

Until next time, #ThinkSnow!

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