A white Christmas was a nice change of pace as the Christmas Eve storm certainly delivered.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday. For my crew, it was so nice to sit and watch it snow throughout the day.
At one point, it looked like a postcard photo with big snow flakes falling just outside the window behind the Christmas tree.
It was truly awesome.
If you weren’t in the mountains for Christmas, don’t fret as there is plenty of snow to play on as we head into the busiest week of the year.
Christmas Day helped bump up the storm totals with a couple of inches of fresh powder falling in a few locations throughout the day on Friday.
A couple of notable totals from Thursday to this morning include a foot of fresh powder at Beech Mountain and 10″ of snow at Sugar Mountain.
The Smoky Mountains were right in the thick of things as well as Ober Gatlinburg (which is where today’s featured image is from) is reporting around nine inches of snow for the two days, while Cataloochee is reporting just under eight inches.
Wolf Ridge received a solid eight inches of fresh snow, while Omni Homestead received right around seven inches of fresh powder from the system as they are set to kick off the 2020-21 season today.
The West Virginia resorts all reported around 5-6″ of fresh powder.
All that said, conditions will be FAN-TAS-TIC today with a bluebird day on tap.
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As will be the case all week (and the busier parts of the season), be sure to purchase tickets online to avoid arriving at the mountain and finding out that they have reached capacity.
In addition to the beautiful snow, the story of the day is that we have some of the coldest air we have seen all season.
With temperatures in the low single digits (shoutout Snowshoe rocking a 2° temperature reading this morning barely edging out Canaan and Timberline by a degree) to low teens, it is chilly out, to say the least, with wind chills well below zero early this morning.
The advice of the day is to be sure to wear layers and bundle up.
It is going to be an awesome day on the slopes.
Even though it was Christmas, the resorts were on their social media game on Friday. Here are a couple of shares.
App Ski Mountain had a man in a red suit stop by after making some last minute Christmas Eve deliveries.
Santa dropped in for a few laps this morning while he was in between deliveries! #ThinkSnow •..•#FamilyFun • •#AppSkiMtn• •#BlowingRock• •#NorthCarolina •
The Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway provided some beautiful views of the Christmas snow.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! ❄️ ❄️ ❄️
In addition to getting some laps in at App Ski Mountain, Santa even found the time to test out the conditions at Massanutten. I am sure the conditions didn’t disappoint.
Wintergreen shared this beautiful photo of the slopes yesterday.
Merry Christmas from our Wintergreen family to yours. Reminder that the slopes open at 11a today. We have a few…
Finally, our own Brad Panovich cranked up his backyard snowmaking operations in Charlotte last night.
Snowmaking operations continue this morning with 17° in the back yard. Started at 6:30pm last night should be able to keep going until about 9. #cltwx #diysnow #ncwx
Posted by Brad Panovich Meteorologist on Saturday, December 26, 2020
How cool is that?
Hopefully, you will be able to take advantage of the conditions and hit the slopes today. Mike and Kenny are headed to Snowshoe this morning so be on the lookout for some great content over on social media over the next couple of days.
If you are riding today, be sure to send us your photos as we would love to see them. You can get those to us either on Facebook (facebook.com/skisoutheast) or on Twitter (@SkiSoutheast). You can also shoot them to us in email form.
That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!
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