Block off your calendars from February 9 through 11.
For the first time since 2020, we at SkiSoutheast are hosting a SkiSoutheast Resort Summit. This one will be at Massanutten Resort.
The weekend is an opportunity to meet up with like-minded snow sports lovers from all over the southeast. The last one was held at Snowshoe, where a record number of 175 attendees made the trek to hang out.
So what do you get besides the community aspect? Well Saturday night, there will be an Après’ Ski Party and a happy hour meetup, with appetizers and drink specials. Sunday, the summit members will have access to first tracks at 8 a.m., 30 minutes before anyone else gets on the lift.
Attendees will also get 10% off any lodging booked through Massanutten, and a discounted lift ticket. We will be out and about giving away some merch as well.
We’re still planning on hosting the annual summit at Snowshoe in March, and we’re piecing together a surprise summit at a third ski area this winter, but stay tuned for more details surrounding that.
Meteorologist Brad Panovich has your forecast for you today heading into the Christmas weekend. And while there are some warm temperatures and the potential for some rain this weekend, we might get our first significant pattern change for New Years weekend. “Maybe a little bit of a wintry mix,” Brad said. Fingers crossed!
Let’s get into what you need to know around the southeast today.
The resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. There are eight trails open, including Lower and Upper Diamond Jim and the Lower Nutten-To-It terrain park. All six lifts are spinning, including the new Peak Express quad chair.
It looks like we’re up to four open trails at Ober this morning. The ski area is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, and there are three lifts spinning.
Discord user Kenneth08472 was there yesterday, here’s what he had to say:
My son and I had a great, warm day at Ober today. We made a bunch of runs (easy to do when the amount of terrain open is so limited) and only ever waited for one or two chairs to load in front of us in the lift corrals. It was a good warmup before we head to Utah in a couple of weeks. But, like I said, it was WARM and we started shedding layers before lunch. When they get more than those four runs open it’ll be much better!”
It will be on the warmer side today in Davis, West Virginia, but Winterplace took advantage of that snowmaking window to open up Rendezvous and No Problem for a total of 12 trails open today. Snowmaking. Is now on pause, and the Heaven Holler terrain park is open.
Ski Patroller Bill Nabers has you with an update from yesterday:
Nice day of skiing, boarding, and tubing today at Bryce. Hopefully. ice skating by the weekend. Made some snow last night but a big inversion meant they snow could only be made at the bottom. So, existing trails were refreshed instead of adding any new trails.
Last night the temp outside my house was 21 degrees with 90% humidity. Only in Virginia. But hey, we are skiing and having fun. Congrats to the Nut on getting skiing off their new high speed quad.
Here’s what’s happening at Snowshoe today:
With sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and the most open terrain in the region, it’s going to be an incredible weekend here at the ‘Shoe. Fox Chase and Cubb Run are now open over at Silver Creek. Fox Chase is a super fun blue with some twists and turns off the top of the Cascade lift, and Cubb is a long, mellow green that’s great for beginners. Tip of the Day: Please ski/ride under control at all times and pay close attention to all slope and lift signage. If you’re not familiar with the Skier Responsibility Code, please check it out before you drop in!”
Taking you into the weekend
It’s Friday. Let’s get ready to rip down the mountain this holiday weekend.
More likely than not, you’ve heard of the Yellowstone Club, an exclusive private ski community that sits on the backside of Big Sky Resort, whose members include Tom Brady and the Kardashians. But what about the Mellowstone Club?
That’s a little plot of land south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Pro snowboarder Bode Merrill and Chris Beresford – the co-founder and CEO of Dang Shades – bought the land during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and created a remote little snowboard park in the middle of nowhere as an escape from the typical resorts.
Well, the Dang Shades team just dropped an edit from a recent session at the Mellowstone Club, and it looks like a blast. Featured in the edit: Beech Mountain’s native son Kaden Rusinko, boardsliding a rail in total darkness with a night-vision headlamp.
Thanks to everyone that has already joined us on Discord.
Click here to join us on our new SkiSoutheast Discord channel. It is a great way to meet new snow loving friends and shares experiences, ask questions, and more!
And as always, email me at [email protected] with your thoughts and photos. I want to see powder day pictures!
Keep skiing the southeast.