Sugar Closes After Sunday’s Session and App & Cat Ski On

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Here are some notable updates for today.

Saturday was one beautiful day to do some Spring Skiing and Riding. There was ample sun, no rain and lots of “white leg” reports from people doing some riding with shorts and tees! Sugar ends their season today and Appalachian and Cataloochee ski on for another week.

We took a peek at the weather forecast for the week ahead because it was going to be exciting and interesting to watch Appalachian actually make MORE snow if the temps allowed. They’ve done so several of the last few seasons. However it doesn’t look like App’s going to get their chance as the weather looks to be mild in the 60s for highs and 40s for lows through the period. Nevertheless App has a ton of snow to make it to Easter if they wanted to. Brad Moretz and our buddy, Jim Cottrell took a tape measure and ladder out to the slopes the other day and measured nearly ELEVEN FEET of snow at one point of the mountain. There’s an amazing photo of it over at  (We’d have posted it here but haven’t had time to get the okay to show it.) Don’t be confused by the news on their front page that states that Sugar will stay open til April 1st. They made a decision on Thursday to call it quits today.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is still 100% open with very nice Spring Conditions. That means 10 trails open with very nice, side to side coverage. Ice Skating is available as well. The low this morning was 57° and App is reporting a base drop of 6” in the last 24 hours. Also note that Appalachian is now open for DAY SKIING ONLY for the rest of the season. That is day skiing only from today through next Sunday’s Meltdown Games! Be sure to check back here over the next week as we will detail all of the fun planned for App’s last weekend of skiing. Make plans to be there for April Fool’s Day!

Cataloochee Ski Area is skiing and riding on 4 of 12 slopes and day skiing only today. They will be closed Monday and then open through April 1st as well. Don’t forget that Sunday, April 1, lift ticket pricing will go back to 1961 rates of $2.75 – from 8:30am-4:30pm on that Sunday only. Regular rental rates will be applied.

Sugar Mountain is skiing their last sessions of the season today. Sugar is open for Day Skiing Only and will end their season this afternoon. They have dropped two trails and are playing on 11 trails for today. They are having a “burning of the snow” bit of fun today. (Get us some photos!)

Be sure to check out  for the news and report for the REST of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Areas! We’ll also be covering some more responses from our Global Warming Story.

Until Next Time…

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