The cold air is back region-wide.
After a couple of small snowmaking windows here and there at a couple of resorts, the cold air has arrived up and down the Appalachians bringing a roar to just about nearly ski resort overnight and this morning.
It is amazing how fast things can turn when the snowmaking teams get to work their magic.
As a cherry on top, Snowshoe and Wisp each received an inch of natural snow to help set the ambiance, while Canaan Valley and Timberline received around a half inch.
Thursday was a weird, nasty weather day as we saw several resorts close early or suspend operations due to ice, rain, and just general yuck. After that moved out of the area late yesterday, the cold air filled the void and allowed crews to get to work.
The best part?
The cold air is going to stick around for a while, and the next couple of weeks are looking fantastic.
For the full report, be sure to hop over to the Snow Reports page.
Here is a quick glance at where we stand kicking off the weekend.
App Ski Mountain – The Blowing Rock resort is playing on six trails with four lifts open. They are reporting a 14-36″ base with groomed conditions.
Beech Mountain – Beech is riding on a groomed surface with a 12-36″ base. They have two lifts spinning and seven trails open.
Bryce Resort – Bryce is reopening after suspending operations due to the ice storm on Thursday. They have two lifts that will service four slopes.
Cataloochee – Cat is playing on five trails that are serviced by three lifts. The resort is reporting a 16-26″ base with a groomed surface.
Ski Sapphire Valley – Sapphire Valley isn’t opening this weekend as planned, but they have started snowmaking operations. The new target opening day is December 20th or December 21st.
Snowshoe Mountain – The ‘Shoe drops the rope over at Silver Creek today, and the Soaring Eagle lift is also now open. Snowshoe is offering 22 trails and seven lifts to play on. They are reporting a groomed surface with a 45″ base.
Sugar Mountain – Sugar is skiing on a manmade and frozen granular surface atop a 12-37″ base. With two lifts spinning, they are playing on six trails.
Timberline Mountain – Timberline is reopening with nine trails and two lifts for this Friday. They are reporting a 2-15″ base with a groomed surface.
Winterplace Resort – Winterplace officially drops the rope on their 2022-23 season after hosting bonus days last weekend. The line-up for today consists of 16 trails and five lifts. They are playing on groomed granular with a 12-30″ base.
Wisp Resort – The Maryland resort is back in action after pausing yesterday due to the weather. Wisp is reporting a machine and frozen granular surface with an 18″ base. They are riding on eight slopes with four lifts turning.
Conditions are looking pretty sweet this morning – especially if you can make those early turns. The best part is the conditions are only going to improve over the coming days as the mountain ops teams continue to make more snow and work their magic.
Canaan Valley is set to drop the rope on 2022-23 tomorrow with fantastic conditions.
I do expect to hear updates from Massanutten, Wintergreen, and Wolf Ridge on when they will resume operations (or in Wintergreen’s case start the season) over the weekend – if not today. All three were cranking out the snow this morning.
As always, we will bring you updates as we get them.
That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!
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