The Last Weekend of the Ski Season for Southeast Ski Resorts. Snowshoe Mountain will take us to the end.

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With Sugar Mountain Resort setting the snow on fire and calling the season to an end for the North Carolina resorts, that leaves Snowshoe Mountain to carry the torch (pun intended) to the finish line. “The finish line” will be the official, last day of the 2022-2023 Ski & Snowboard Season on Sunday, April 2nd.

Sugar Mountain has been celebrating the end of each ski season for more than twenty years as Vice President, Kim Jochl explains:

“Over in Europe they will burn the snow to welcome in the spring and get rid of winter,” said Kim Jochl, Vice President and Director of Marketing for Sugar Mountain Resort. “We save stuff for most of the season that needs to be burned and then on the last day we burn it.”

Broken tree limbs, wood and Christmas trees are some of the other items that get burnt with the snow.

With that snow burning celebration, Sugar end their snow sports season on Thursday, March 30th.

Mrs. Jochl also posted, “Our entire Team enjoyed hosting all of you this past winter and are looking forward to seeing you again next winter. In the meantime, summer at Sugar is just as much fun! Here’s what’s coming up next. The bike park and scenic chairlift rides open Friday, May 26 for the Memorial Day weekend. The second annual Food Truck Festival is Saturday, May 27 and the Summit Crawl is Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks, food & beverage, bands, corn hole, ping pong, hiking, and biking are just a few of the fun outdoor activities planned this 4th of July at Sugar Mountain Resort.”

That Leaves Snowshoe Mountain as the Lone Southeastern Ski Area to Remain Open

Snowshoe posted:

(There are) Only 3 more days to get your turns in here in West Virginia!

Get out there early and often today because we’ll have some rain moving in around mid-day. Spruce is open as a terrain park. Progression is open as a green ski trail. Upper Flume is open for Basin access only (Soaring Eagle lift is closed). Please be aware that there are some thin areas and bare patches so ski/ride with caution.

2’Fer Passes for next season are on sale now! Get yours now before the price jumps this Sunday at midnight.

Fans of the West Virginia resort will certainly appreciate getting those last turns in on the mountain this weekend, although it does look like they will have to battle ‘mother nature’ as some potentially heavy rain and  winds gusting to 44 mph will make those runs challenging.

What’s NEW, right? It has been a challenging ski season to say the least and it is kind of appropriate that the ski season will go down kicking and screaming. According to the National Weather Service, rain will move into the area around mid-day Friday and the heavier rains on Saturday (with the possibility of up to 2″ of rain).

It is pretty “fitting” that the weather could move out of the region Saturday night as ….


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If it does drop some measurable snow on the mountain Saturday night or Sunday morning wouldn’t that be JUST like you might “draw it up” if you were to write a summary of this season. …and if they DO get that SNOW, it could be on the tail end of April Fools Day!

That is it for me on this last day of March, 2023. Email me as you like at [email protected]

I will be posting an ‘end-to-the-season’, FirsTrax post in Sunday afternoon. I hope you guys and gals will stick around and catch that. It has been an awesome (website visitation) season here at and In the last three days alone, we have seen a reach of over 45,000 visitor sessions. All I can say is that you guys rock.

Until tomorrow…

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