The Ides of March (or Close to it!) Skiing Still Looks Nice!

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Today will be yet another Sunday, Funday Despite Mild Temperatures that will rise into the 50s across much of the region. …and despite the fact that we have seen high temps as high as 70 degrees in the last week, base depths at our southeastern ski resorts remain in the plus-three-foot range (for minimums).

Be sure to check the SNOW REPORT for all of the details today as more ski areas are NOW CLOSED for the season.

The photo of the day shows how deep the base depths are at Appalachian Ski Mountain this morning

Just as Snow is “White Gold” and attracts tons of visitors to the mountains and; 70° Temperatures Off the Mountain steals visitors away.

We are definitely seeing “the beginning of the end” for this 2020-2021 ski & snowboarding season. It is almost like one day, we’re seeing tens of thousands of visitors hitting all of the resort cams, SkiSoutheast and our social shares, and the next the “faucet” is just turned off.

Earlier in the season, I mentioned a stretch of days when the High Country towns of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain saw 55 straight days with measurable snow on the ground (away from the slopes) and that ended as abruptly as the natural snow did this season in the North Carolina mountains. Beech, Sugar and many locations around the High Country had experienced 78″ of natural snowfall through February 7th, and that was the end of natural snow in the NC mountains. While Sugar and Beech ended up with their normal 78-80″ of snow on the season, they had only a couple of dustings after February 7th.

West Virginia Mountains Almost Made it 100 Days

David Lesher of Davis, WV keeps a daily tally of the weather up there and he shared the following photo:

I see snow there…don’t you guys? Click to Enlarge!

However – he reported, “Today is the first time since Dec 14, 2020 with no measurable snow cover, a span of 98 days.”

He also shared the following bit of interesting intel: “Today marks the first time since record-keeping commenced here in 2001 that no measurable snow has occurred the first 14 days of March.”

After 46″ of snow in February, compared to 14″ in the North Carolina mountains, the natural snow kind of stopped in the WV mountains as well. (By the way, the Virginia ski resorts picked up more snow than the North Carolina mountains since mid-February – which is unusual.)

He are some Sunday Shares

Canaan Valley Resort reported,

“Today is the final day of the ski season here at Canaan Resort. This will be a bittersweet ending to an incredible season. We at Canaan Resort want to thank everyone who visited our mountain, and hope you’ll return next winter!”

They are reporting conditions are looking great out on the mountain today for spring skiing with partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures. There will be 30 trails open on the mountain today. Prosperity and Lower Prosperity will continue to stay open for uphill skiing.

Massanutten Resort

I could not help but notice that Massanutten Resort reported that snow tubing sessions were sold out Saturday AND today, Sunday.

Ober Gatlinburg

Sunday (today) will be the last day to enjoy skiing & snowboarding for the 2020-2021 season at the popular Smoky Mountain ski area.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area is NOW Closed for the Season, ending their season after yesterday’s sessions.

Here are some parting shots…

Another Sunday sunrise from the Skybar Camera atop Beech Mountain. Click to Enlarge!
Nice shot showing plenty of snow on the slopes at Wintergreen Resort
Snowshoe Mountain groomers were out cleaning up the slopes this morning and laying down some corduroy!

…and this one is for those of you who have already begun looking forward to summer…

Our LIVE STREAM from Cane Garden Bay! Click to Enlarge

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