Sugar Mountain Announces a Tuesday Closing; Appalachian and Cataloochee in Near, Mid-Season Form on Open Terrain!

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The top story of this morning should be dual headlines.

One should read that the resorts that are open and plan to be for the next week or so, are in very near mid-season form this morning. Temperatures in the teens and 20s and snowmaking will do that for you.

The second headline is that Sugar Mountain has now announced that they WILL close tomorrow (Tuesday, March 25th) at 4:30pm. We had been speculating since they were not making snow, that they would close prior to the end of the month. That is unusual for Sugar Mountain as they tend to make snow at every opportunity and fight to stay open longer than any other resort in North Carolina (and often within the region). Sugar has had a VERY strong season in terms of conditions and skier visits and they have some huge plans for the off-season that we are trying to get some confirmation on such that we can share with you guys.

Yikes it got cold overnight! We’re seeing temperature readings of 15.7°up on Beech Mountain, 15.2° at Sugar Mountain, 22° in Banner Elk, 21° at Appalachian Ski Mountain, and 24° at Cataloochee.

<Appalachian is making snow this AM!

We’re looking at some snow flurries today with some chances at an inch of snow here and there. Highs today will be in the mid 30s in North Carolina and colder as you head north. Overnight lows are expected to drop into the low 20s again and that means even more snowmaking.

Appalachian, Cataloochee are making snow as of this report at 7:30am

Appalachian is in mid-season form today with packed, manmade powder and 100% of their terrain open, both terrain parks and ice skating.

Cataloochee only has 5 trails open, but those will be in mid-season form today from 1pm-10pm.

Sugar Mountain – as mentioned they are closing on Tuesday after day skiing, but will be open today with 10 trails.

The forecast for the week ahead looks great with sunny skies, highs in the 40s, 50s and even some 60s as we get closer to Friday and that means some super Spring skiing and snowboarding.

Until Next time…

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