A Tepid Day on Tap

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Yesterday, I made it out for a quick ‘triple-threat’ (tele, ski, and ride) at Cataloochee. It’s the time of the year, where I enjoy ‘keeping it interesting’ and getting some late season laps on all 3 fun machines.

What I’ve discovered is that the order of fun matters . . . and for good reason. I usually start out on tele’s (which is my weakness) where the snow is firm and I need to have the most concentration on linking turns. Then, I switch to downhill skis where I can rip down the mountain and feel really dialed-in. Finally, I break out the snowboard where the stoke is high and can play around in the soft snow, and enjoy most of the features.

Maybe some day I’ll find that elusive mono-board at a garage sale in town, and turn the ‘triple threat’ into a ‘quad(ricep) shred’ . . . literally AND figuratively!

Yesterday, through the trees at CAT . . . the 3 new terrain parks.

Today, we basically have a repeat of yesterday, as warm temps and calm air sit over the region. Tomorrow morning should be nice too, before it MAY get a little soggy in the afternoon.

VA was just below freezing last night . . . Should be some of the best snow in the region today

  • Bryce: 7am temp: 24F.
    • From Bill Nabers, “We are doing well at Bryce. All trails open. Spring Skiing = Firm in morning, sweet spot late morning, a little sticky in the afternoon.”
    • Open until late-March (perhaps April 1st!) . . . “Should be tubing this weekend and then that will be revaluated. Bryce (skiing/riding) is looking to be open into late March, hopefully ’til the end of the month (and maybe some April Fools Day fun)” -Bill N.
  • Massanutten: 7am temp: 31F.
    • “A few degrees warmer today but essentially a repeat of yeterdays awesome spring skiing, sunny with highs in the mid 50s.”
    • The J – Bar will be closed Wed – Thur but the CMB Terrain park will remain open for those choosing to earn their turns (hiking only).
    • If you’re on Spring Break this week . . . College Days Special is valid Monday – Friday for the remainder of the season.
  • Wintergreen: 7am temp: 31F
    • Details upcoming weekend . . . “Plan ahead for our Party Weekend with a HUGE terrain park and pond skimming. Break out your craziest costume and challenge the pond. We’ll also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”
    • Today:
      Slopes Open: 21 Lifts Open: 5 Average Base: 38″ + Open 9am-5pm

Crisp at Wisp!

  • Wisp: 7am temp: 29F
    • Spring temps are on tap this afternoon . . . “Partly sunny, with a high near 57. South wind around 8 mph.”

WV has a nice looking day today . . . an even better weekend, ahead!

  • Snowshoe: 7am temp: 36F
    • “It’s looking like a beautiful day is in store for us here on the mountain. With milder temperatures moving in, expect plenty of soft, playful turns out there today.”
    • Groomed on 56 runs . . . Ungroomed (expert) Choker, Camp 99, Knot Bumper, and (Silver Creek) Flying Eagle
    • Free Skiing/Riding this Sunday . . . “To enjoy the slopes at no cost this Sunday, skiers or snowboarders must show a proof of West Virginia residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.”
  • Canaan: 7am temp: 34F
    • “The final week of the season is rolling along, and our slopes are holding up great.”
    • This week is Guest Appreciation Week:
      • Fri. and Sat. night offering $89 room rates
      • Free Skiing/Riding this Sunday . . . “To enjoy the slopes at no cost this Sunday, skiers or snowboarders must show a proof of West Virginia residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.”
  • Winterplace: 7am temp: 35F
    • Forecast: Partly sunny throughout the day. High of 59F
    • Luck of the Irish this Saturday . . . SATURDAY, MARCH 16: Dress your Irish Best! Best Irish Costume Wins a 3 Any Day Lift Ticket Package for 2020! Judging will take place at 3:30pm outside of the Snowdrift Lounge.

NC is has a slight temp inversion this morning, with a spring conditions ahead.

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 7am temp: 39F
    • Terrain Park has had a facelift with . . . “small medium and large jumps, waterfall drop rail, c-box, flat box, down flat down, wankster, flat box, flat bar, pill, A-Frame and tall rectangle box, rainbow rail, juice box, and goal post tower.”
    • App Cup Race series draws to an end with good conditions for these final two races:

  • Beech: 7am temp: 42F
    • Beech announces a perk for season pass holders which include:


  • Cataloochee: 7am temp: 42F
    • “Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 40-75″ on 14 slopes and offer one session: day skiing from 9am-4:30pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.”
    • “The CCTP crew have been hard at work and we have 11 features in our terrain parks located on Upper Turkey Trot, Richards Run, and Short n Sweet. We assure you we have more than enough snow for your skiing and riding experience well through the end of March.”

Ober has some sunshine today . . . not so much tomorrow

  • Ober: 7am temp: 42F
Pretty good coverage on 5 open runs at Ober today!

That’s all for today.

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