Very Nice Conditions EARLY; Variable Later in the Day at NC Ski Areas for Saturday!

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Yesterday evening we wrote about the roller coaster-like changes that you can see in conditions at the ski areas of the Southeast at this time in March. Well we’re back on the good side of the ride again for a while at least today.

Before we dive into the resort tour this morning, we want to mention that we have the Beech Mountain Parkway Cam back!  Hey it’s better late than never.  The cam was fine but there was some connectivity problems that the electricians finally got to on Friday and it’s now showing some awesome views again!  We have a NEW Hwy 105 camera going in this week AND a new camera being installed at Smoketree Lodge sometime this week.  More views than ever!

Appalachian Ski Mountain has got to be the best snow in the state of North Carolina .  They made snow last night and as of this morning at 7am, they were STILL making snow and it has the look of “sweet turns” this morning.  The highs will get into the mid 40s so get out early for the very best.  No thin coverage and no bare spots here!  100% and in great shape to make it to next weekend’s “Meltdown Games”.  (The best conditions will be first tracks to noon.)

Cataloochee is skiing day 113 of the 2005-2006 ski season today. Tammy Brown, the popular Marketing Director there wrote us, “Sunday will be pretty good as we are skiing from the top again today and that makes is 100 days that Cataloochee has been skiing from the top this season! Today is also day 113 of the ski season for us and it’s been a very blessed year for us, even in light of marginal temps.”

Some of the Cat Crew will be enjoying Cataloochee’s 8 open trails and 4 lifts on Saturday.  They are open for DAY SKIING ONLY TODAY.

Tammy added, “We’re confident we’ll be skiing through the 26th with what we have now and we’re committed to make snow up through March 24th!”

You HAVE to love the season that Cataloochee has had.  There’s snowmaking temps in the forecast this week so expect Spring Conditions today and more skiing through the week ahead at The Cat!

Tammy did tell us to expect some thin coverage and a few bare spots but there’s plenty of good terrain to ski and ride on Saturday!

Sugar Mountain is reporting Frozen Granular conditions and of course they are not mentioning any thin coverage areas or bare spots.  The surface will start out as Frozen Granular, but expect variable granular conditions later.  They have 15 trails open and one look at the live cams shows you that things look pretty darn nice despite no snowmaking last night that we can tell.  They’ve pushed the snow around and done their normal great job of grooming (among the best anywhere) and they will have very nice conditions particularly early…but DO expect some thin coverage areas and bare spots.

Quit reading this report and go SKI!

Until Next Time,

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