Very Nice Conditions On Tap for Today and This Weekend!

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Quick Update: Hawksnest has closed for today due to high winds.

First, I want to send out a huge “THANK YOU” to Patty Johnson for handling the duties of providing our morning ski report for the last several days. She also did a great job of providing you guys with some news and happenings. Thanks again Patty! You’re a great fill-in and a phenomenal sister as well!

I have a lot to catch up on today, so I am combining the morning news and report for both of our sister websites. We should be able to resume normal “segregated” reporting on Friday.

Thanks to each of you who emailed me over the last few days about my trip out west. I enjoyed three days of powder skiing at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado. All three days were great, but the last day was truly “bomber” with a foot of new powder across most of the mountain and three-to-four-feet of powder within the bowl areas. Some of the glades and off trail areas had snow literally up to six feet deep. I’ll talk more about the trip later.

It was pretty cool to check in daily and see that Sunday our mountains “back home” had seen from 3-4” of snow in NC, to a foot in West Virginia. Conditions across the entire Southeast and Mid Atlantic have been awesome for certain.

Much of the area got a bit of light rain last night and no snowmaking was reported, but conditions on Thursday and into this weekend will be great for sure. The sun is shining and temps will be in the 40s to near 50°.

I’ve updated several photos of the day and will be finishing posting the rest today and tonight. Until then, here’s some quick notes:

We’re going to take the report from North to South today, beginning with…

Wisp at Deep Creek – They’ve had 10” of snow on the week and 87” on the season. It’s 33° this morning and they have 32 trails available. You should know that they have some fun planned for this weekend. Mardi Gras on the Mountain will take place this weekend. Saturday, February 24. 7pm – 11pm Kick of Maryland’s Special Olympic Games at Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park. They will also have Open Session Tubing at Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park, Live Music & All-You-Can-Eat Buffet in the Lodge & Party Favor. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 & under. Limited tickets available and reservations recommended. Call 301.387.4911

Canaan Valley – They are at 29° this morning and they have seen 25” of snow in the last week and 109” this season. They have 36 trails open.

Snowshoe Mountain is reporting in with 29° and 57 trails available. They saw 14” in the last week and 93” on the season.

Timberline Resort has seen 17.5” of snow in the last week and 105.5” on the season. They are reporting variable conditions on 37 open trails!

Winterplace Resort has 100% of their terrain open (28 trails) and granular conditions. They have seen 15” of snow in the last week and 56” on the season.

The Virginia resorts of Massanutten, The Homestead and Bryce Resorts are all reporting very nice conditions. Sarah Lovejoy of Wintergreen Resort wrote, “Another beautiful day for skiing and riding! Pack your sunscreen, lightweight coat and come up and visit. Today, we will be skiing and riding on 25 trails with a machine groomed packed powder surface and there will be 4 lifts running.”

She also said that they plan to make snow on Friday night just to insure another great weekend of skiing and riding.

Ober Gatlinburg ski area is reporting that they have 7 trails open (they have Alpine Way as closed) and nice conditions.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is reporting 40° and all but their Appal Jack terrain park open with Groomed conditions. That’s nine trails, including the Appal Jam Terrain Park. Appalachian also has a great deal going down right now! If you plan on owning a Season Pass for next season you can by it NOW and ski all of March 2007 FREE! That’s right, get your 2007-2008 season membership today, and you can ski February 22nd-April 1st 2007 for free! Call or drop by the Main Office today to take advantage of this great deal! (828) 295-7828.

Cataloochee Ski Area – We love Tammy Brown and the crew over at The Cat. She wrote, “And first to answer the question of the day, yes we have PLENTY of snow and will continue skiing through Sunday, April 1, our planned closing date and although it might be warm where you are and we here at Cataloochee have even experienced a little warm weather, we do have more snow on the mountain right now than most folks here have ever seen and we continue to be open on 100% of all our slopes and trails – do remember that both Upper and Lower Snowbird Trails are open for day skiing only. Also, we will continue to make snow at each opportunity to provide you with some of the best skiing and riding in the Southeast no matter where in the season we happen to be.”

Ski Beech – Gil Adams wrote, “This time of year can have some of the best skiing and the most beautiful scenery. Longer daylight hours make for some beautiful sunsets during the first couple of runs of the night session, and with the sun getting higher in the sky, the mountains seem to have a slightly different color. At night, one can often see the lights of Johnson City and Kingsport in Tennessee, and on a clear day the views reach as far as West Virginia and Kentucky. It is a truly wonderful place on top of Ski Beech with mile high views across some of the most beautiful country in the world. Don’t miss out on the enjoyment of late season skiing on Beech. Cold nights and warming days can make for great conditions. For many, this is the favorite time of the year to get out and ski, and some of our largest snowfalls are seen late in the season. Take advantage of our continuing mid-week specials and keep on hitting the slopes. The skiing right now is just plain fun!”

Until Next Time…


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