Spring has arrived with Snow in the Forecast

First Trax

It’s pretty cool that you can be a 3 season skier/rider here in the southeast (i.e. skiing/riding before December 21st, between December 21st and March 19th, and March 20th and beyond). In fact, I can’t even remember the last year that you couldn’t “Ski 3”. This is is definitely a nod to the longevity of many ski resorts in the region.

Over night temps across the region were in the 20’s. We’ve had temps below 30F for the last 5 to 7 nights now, depending on your location. This has made for a really nice stretch of cold, crisp nights and warm ‘corn snow’ days.

The pattern changes though as tonight we MIGHT see some snow flakes at Beech, Cataloochee, and Snowshoe. No real accumulation to speak of, but it will be nice to see flakes falling.

Beyond that, locations throughout NC, MD, and WV will have 3, 4, and even 5 chances of seeing snow falling before this weekend. Accumulations are expected at Beech, Snowshoe, and Wisp. While the other NC’s and WV’s will just see a ‘wintry mix’, on and off.

It will be sweet to see spring come with the appropriate fashion . . . a little winter white!

NC has the trifecta! Most ski areas open by state . . . Largest base depths . . . Snow MAY even fall Tonight

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 100% open. App posted this yesterday

  • 3 opportunities for snow BEFORE this weekend at App
    • Thursday: a chance of rain and snow showers.
    • Thursday Night: a chance of rain and snow showers.
    • Friday: A slight chance of snow showers before 9am
  • Beech Mountain:
    • 4 opportunities for snow BEFORE this weekend
      • Tonight: A chance of snow after 3am.
      • Thursday: A chance of snow before 8am, then a chance of snow showers between 8am and 10am, then a chance of rain and snow showers.
      • Thursday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Friday: A chance of snow showers before 11am. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
  • Coverage and Grooming at Beech look excellent today

  • Cataloochee:
    • 3 opportunities for snow BEFORE this weekend
      • Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow after 4am
      • Thursday: A chance of rain and snow before 9am
      • Thursday Night: a chance of rain and snow showers between 9pm and 2am.

Classic shot of Cat this morning. Groom looks good today

WV is looking more likely to see snow in the next couple of days. 

  • Snowshoe Mountain:
    • 2 Parks (1 with Small Features, 1 with Medium Features) still open . . . “Evolution Park is open with a full build, including some super fun jumps. Scope it out from the Powderidge lift.”
    • 5 opportunities for snow BEFORE this weekend
      • Tonight: A chance of rain and snow showers after 2am
      • Thursday: A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of snow and a chance of sleet between 8am and 9am, then a chance of snow showers between 9am and 11am, then rain and snow showers likely. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Thursday Night: a chance of rain and snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Friday: A chance of snow showers: New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Friday Night: A chance of snow showers before 4am. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Winterplace:
    • 3 opportunities for snow BEFORE this weekend . . .
      • Thursday Night: a chance of rain and snow showers.
      • Friday: A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers.
      • Friday Night: a slight chance of snow showers between 8pm and 9pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9pm and 10pm.

Wisp will see ‘on and off’ snow, beginning tomorrow . . . just in time for the weekend

  • Wisp: 15 runs, 4 lifts, 2 terrain parks – open until 9pm.
    • 7am temp: 24F means good grooming conditions.
    • 5 opportunities for snow THROUGH this weekend . . .
      • Thursday: rain and snow likely
      • Thursday Night: a chance of rain and snow
      • Friday: Snow Likely. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
      • Friday Night: a chance of snow. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Saturday: A slight chance of snow before 8am

Wisp: looking good right now, with more goodness forecasted.

VA: 3 resorts will be open for skiing/riding the first weekend of Spring!

Bryce: 7 (of 8) runs open from 10am-3pm.

Here is an update from Bill N., “We are open! My guess, from my own skiing today, is the depth would be, on an average, a 12-18″ base with more on Bootlegger and the Meadow (in places) and some bare/thin spots on the other trails . . . Bootlegger has good coverage. Both main carpet lifts for beginners are still open.”

He goes on to say, “The question you all debate also applies here. How much base is enough? That is the deciding point . . . The weather will have the final say (and the customers, of course).

Bryce: Good coverage for true spring skiing. Just keep it down the middle of the runs

That’s all for today.

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