Three North Carolina Ski Resorts Are Open Today. Five Resorts Will Be Open Friday!

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This map does not reflect the Ashe County and Blowing Rock wildfires yet. Click to Enlarge!
This map does not reflect the Ashe County and Blowing Rock wildfires yet. Click to Enlarge!

Of course the weather news that is dominating the mountain region right now – particularly in the North Carolina mountains – are the numerous wildfires that are largely uncontained and active as of this report. You can read a little bit of insight into those by clicking here>

Let’s Talk Some Really Great News to be Thankful For

As we head into the traditional Thanksgiving opening day/week/weekend for many ski areas, we current see THREE North Carolina ski areas which have already opened. Those are:

Appalachian Ski Mtn in Blowing Rock, NC
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, NC
Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk, NC

Additional great news is the fact that Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, NC will open for the season on FRIDAY and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County, WV will open on FRIDAY as well!

Cataloochee Ski Area is reporting 6 slopes open with a base of 16-24″ and that are open on Thanksgiving Eve from 9am-10pm (yes, night skiing).

Appalachian Ski Mountain's Orchard Run looks GREAT! Click to Enlarge!
Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Orchard Run looks GREAT! Click to Enlarge!

Appalachian Ski Mountain is reporting 7 slopes and trails and one terrain park open for day and night sessions on a base that dropped 6″ in the last 24 hours to a now-reported base of 18-36″. We’re thinking that was a self-correction from opening day.

Sugar is open for day and night sessions with 6 slopes and a base of 8-24″.

Conditions look really good right now and some additional snowmaking temps should arrive son Friday afternoon – just in time for blasting the slopes with additional snow. Additional snowmaking should occur Saturday evening as well and that should keep things in good shape until more cold temps are forecasted for the area Wednesday-Friday of next week.

There’s a good chance for some significant rains to hit the mountains Tuesday and Wednesday – and right now we won’t complain ONE BIT.

If the forecast holds as it looks right now, Snowshoe and the West Virginia ski areas COULD see some AM SNOW SHOWERS next Friday, December 1st. Even COLDER temperatures look to be hitting the area as we get into December!

We’re still kind of in “start-up mode” ourselves…but we’ll keep the news flowing and we’ve got a good bit of “What’s New” content to share as well.

We’re also perhaps a day or so away from announcing a really, really SPECIAL Christmas Vacation Giveaway…complete with lodging, lift passes and more. Tell your friends to keep checking back.


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