The Southeast and Mid Atlantic Ski Resort Continue to Get Snow and Great Conditions!

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Check the SLOPE CONDITIONS page for more details, and here’s some special notes from around the region:


Wisp at Deep Creek Resort is the only ski area in the great state of Maryland and some say that they are in such a remote part of the state that they SHOULD be in West Virginia! Wisp has been getting lots of snow and conditions there are phenomenal! It’s 2° there this morning and they have 30 trails and 30 km of back country ski terrain open!


Canaan Valley has also been a lion’s share of natural snows of late and they have 31 trails in great powder conditions for today. They reported 12” of snow from this week’s storm!

Snowshoe Mountain is reporting -2° and they got another 1” of snow on Wednesday and 8” in the last 48 hours! Lindsay Kutsko writes, “With another inch of snow yesterday, Snowshoe has 76" of natural snowfall this winter! The combination of natural snow and man-made snow has covered the mountain with a base of 34" – 48". Today’s surface conditions are groomed packed powder. Snowmaking did take place overnight and all trails were groomed except for Knot Bumper, Upper Ballhooter, Choker and Lower Shays. The Silver Creek Terrain Garden opens today with 8 features on Timberjack.

Winterplace Resort got another 2” of snow yesterday and 9” in the last 48 hours. They made snow as well and conditions at the West Virginia ski resort couldn’t be much better! They have 23 trails available today on a Groomed Packed Powder surface!


Massanutten Resort is reporting 9° and they are 100% open including their two blacks coming off the top – Paradise and Diamond Jim. That’s 14 trails, serviced by 5 lifts.

Wintergreen Resort is also reporting 9° and as far as we can tell they are planning to turn the guns off during ski sessions today. They upped their base some 12” since yesterday so that’s a bit suspect…but they do have a ton of snow…so perhaps that’s a correction over the last several days. Sarah Lovejoy reports, “We plan on opening Lower Cliffhanger and Big Acorn this weekend so make plans to come up and be one of the first ones this season to ski and ride these trails.”


Of course Tennessee only has one ski area and that is Ober Gatlinburg, located in the Great Smoky Mountains. They didn’t make snow last night but Kathy Doyle writes, “We are 100% Open! Slope sessions Thursday is Noon – 10pm with $28 Lift Ticket. Weeknight 6pm – 10pm Lift Ticket Only $15! Grizzly closes at dusk. Ice skating and other activities open daily.”


The thermometer’s around the state of North Carolina have dipped 11° colder this morning than it was yesterday morning. Most of the North Carolina ski resort communities are showing lows in the low 20s this morning. Hawksnest is showing 19°. Ski Beech reported 21° at 6am or so, but as of this post (7:30am) it is now 14.7° at our mountaintop weather station. Sugar’s mountaintop weather station is reporting 14° as well. Wolf Ridge Resort is reporting 24°.

Appalachian Ski Mountain was still making snow as of 7:30am, but they will have the guns off while ski sessions are in play. Cataloochee and Hawksnest reported that they made snow last night, but the guns are off as of this report. Ski Beech is still making snow this morning and they say that snowmaking will be ongoing as temps allow. Sugar made snow and now have the guns off for day skiing sessions.

As far as we can tell, Wolf Ridge Resort was the only resort that didn’t make snow overnight, but their live webcam actually is showing some amazingly snowy views!

Conditions will be great no matter where you choose to ski or ride in North Carolina today! Highs should be in the 20s and low 30s and that is the forecast from now through Sunday! Great temps with highs in the low 30s (a lot of the daytime temps will be in the 20s) and lows in the teens through Sunday night! That means more snowmaking at night and lots of sunshine and COLD during daytime ski sessions! If you have a trip planned for this weekend, you are in for ONE GREAT WEEKEND of skiing or riding at your favorite hill!

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week look SNOWY!!!

Don’t forget to join the Cat Crew on Thursday nights here for the Cataloochee Challenge Cup Race Series. Individuals race against the clock for the best of two runs. Top three challengers in both men’s and women’s’ age divisions win cool stuff. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Racing begins at 8pm with a post awards party at 10pm, so dust off those racing skills and test your luck. The Cat is where it’s at on Thursday night’s Challenge Cup Race Night. Call the ski area for more information.

Also over at Sugar Mountain, they will be hosting The High Country Junior Race Series Championships, sponsored by Eurosock and Spyder, is Sunday, February 11th on Big Red. You can also enjoy the acoustic sounds of North Carolina High Country bluegrass by BOSS HAWG, live, this Saturday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.

Until Next Time…


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