Waiting on Opening Day (Weather Permitting)

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Confession time: I loathe the phrase weather permitting.

Typically, I am a glass-half-full kind of person, but there is just something about that phrase that frustrates the hound out of me. That phrase puts me in the mind of a potential date who says they will go with you – as long as conditions are perfect.

There is nothing worse than getting amped up for an event – rather it be a sporting event, picnic or of course our favorite mountain – then the weather not cooperating.

However, I do understand that there are a ton of factors that have to come together to get the slopes open and in condition for us to ski and board on and on the flip side it is awesome when the conditions come together perfectly and things open up sooner.

While we wait for the cold to return, we wanted to take a look at the announced target opening dates for the resorts – weather permitting.

So far, it does look like Mother Nature is going to cooperate some the next couple of weeks and hopefully, that trend will continue.

Cataloochee, who opened on Sunday for the season, is hoping to reopen on Saturday, Nov. 9, and we expect Sugar to do everything in their power to open up as soon as possible. The Friday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) is slated to be a busy day as Snowshoe and App Ski Mountain are planning to open.

Beech Mountain has scheduled opening day on Nov. 23, but they could also push that opening day up depending on how things play out. Ober Gatlinburg is set to open their tubing hill on Nov. 23 (with their snowmagic product they will open that day), but the skiing opening date is to be announced.

The next major target opening date is December 14 as three resorts – Wintergreen, Canaan Valley and Ski Sapphire – all are hoping to get things cranked up that day. While they haven’t officially announced an opening date, Winterplace is typically a mid-December opening.

Wolf Ridge, Bryce Resort, Massanutten, Omni Homestead, and Wisp haven’t announced opening dates as of this morning.

As always, stay tuned for the latest updates and #ThinkSnow.

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