Sugar Mountain Opens More Trails, More Resorts to Follow Suit

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A moderate bit of snow is falling as I post this morning’s update. Forecasters are calling for more snow throughout the week and into the weekend, but only the higher elevations are expected to see any real accummulations (1-4") and for the rest of us is seems to be one of those systems that brings us snow 5 days in a row and we have an inch on the ground.

<App’s Stair Feature is back and ready to hit!

Appalachian Ski Mountain is reporting 16° and they made snow, saw a trace of additional snow and still have the 8 of 10 trails open for today. They made snow overnight but are NOT making snow now.

Cataloochee is reporting 20° and they have opened 2 added trails from yesterday and now offer 7 of 14 for day and night skiing. Tubing will be closed until Thursday. They made snow and still are as of this morning.

Hawksnest Ski Resort is a cold 13° this morning and they made snow and still are. They still have the same 6 of 12 trails open, and offer tubing for today as well. They report that more slopes will open soon.

Ski Beech is reporting 16° earlier this morning, however at 8am our weather station up there is showing 10.6° and a wind chill of MINUS 8.9°. They are blasting this slopes with machine made powder and reported a dusting of snow with snow flurries at 8am as well. They have the same 5 of 15 trails open as offered on Monday. More will open soon though. They will be making snow so take your goggles. Their ice rink is open as well.

Sugar Mountain is showing 14.2° as a low this morning and 15.4° at 8am so they are about 5° "warmer" than the top of Beech Mountain right now. They are offering the same 12 of 20 trails as offered on Monday and will open tubing at noon. They also have their 10,000 sf ice rink open today. They are making snow.

Wolf Ridge is at 24° this morning and although no report has been posted on their website we called over there and they are reporting the same 10-38" base, groomed conditions and they are making snow and open with the same 6 of 20 trails today.


We mentioned it yesterday afternoon but the webcams were being flooded with visitors yesterday and they and our photos of the day offer the best way to get a glimpse of what conditions really look like before you head up or make a choice as to where the best conditions are. Check out more information about our cameras, etc by clicking here> Ski Resort Live Cameras! 

Our weather forecasters are telling us to expect these days of snow to be relatively uneventful for our North Carolina Mountains. We saw from 1-2" of snow Sunday into Monday morning and a dusting overnight. We’re ssing some light snow flurries this morning and the forecast is for the higher elevations to see maybe an inch of snow and a dusting for the rest of us.

As it looks right now the "more significant chances for snow on the weekend" are now gone. Go figure! It’s been that way for two years now!

We should see some snow falling from the sky Thursday as a mix from snow to freezing rain to snow should fall Thursday and Thursday night into Friday. We may see snow showers on and off all Friday and Friday night into Saturday morning but the call from most weather gurus is for these several days of snow to bring us a TOTAL accummulation of around 2-4" of snow at the higher elevations and nothing more than "ambience snow" for the rest of us.

The TRUTH is that all ski area management teams will tell you that they’d RATHER have the effect snow than a dumping that makes it hard for you guys to get here…so they’re getting their wish.

The great news is that the temps ARE staying with us. Highs in the teens, 20s and 30s for the entire forecast period through Monday at least. Lows in the teens, 20s and as low as 5° over the weekend.

So if you’ve been holding out for great ski conditions and some snowy weather…bring it on…the resort of your choice will be in primo condition for this MLK weekend.

We will continue to monitor which resorts are opening more terrain but expect that to be all of them…so stay tuned…and for today…bundle up and wear your goggles!


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