Today’s featured photo is from over the weekend at Beech Mountain Resort.
The waiting game is back.
All is quiet across the mountains this morning as we are eagerly waiting for the cold to return so the mountain ops crews can do their thing. It is amazing to look at the cameras at Beech, Cataloochee, Snowshoe, and Sugar to see how much snow they were able to squeeze out over the weekend with dicey conditions.
It makes me excited for this upcoming weekend because we could have a much larger window for snowmaking. While Snowshoe and Beech will be preparing for the Nov. 22 openings (weather permitting), Sugar and Cataloochee will be throwing everything they have to try and get open this weekend.
Cataloochee is still planning on opening back up on Saturday, Nov. 9 – weather permitting, while Sugar hasn’t announced an opening date just yet.
The other big question going into the weekend will if any other resorts join the snowmaking fray.
As crazy as it sounds, we are only 23 days from Thanksgiving. A few resorts have announced their intended opening dates, and we will update those in the next day or two.
As I mentioned yesterday, Ma Nature isn’t going to cooperate this week until late Thursday night – much like last week – for most of the region. Snowshoe and the other West Virginia resorts look to be the big winners with snow showers late Thursday and a high Friday of 26.
The trio of Beech, Sugar, and App Ski Mountain see a similar set-up with temps a couple of degrees higher, but lows drop to 28 Thursday, 22 Friday and 26 Saturday.
Cataloochee, however, may have a thinner deck to play with as the margin for snowmaking temps looks to be razor-thin. However, these forecasts can change.
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Until next time, #ThinkSnow.