The Calm After The Storm; Plus Several Resorts Have Over 90% Of Trails Open

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One thing that will never get old: the view of a sunrise from the webcam atop Cataloochee’s Upper Omigosh. It looks like a couple of ski patrollers decided to take in the view in person this morning.

It looks like it’s about to be a mellow Monday. There are no crazy storms incoming. The absolutely bone-chilling, frigid temperatures are set to ease up today, before a crazy-big warmup this weekend. The rain is holding off. It looks like blue skies and big stashes of powder throughout the region.

There’s plenty of good reading material on SkiSoutheast this morning, so after you read this report – I’m going to send you in that direction. Here they are:

Without further delay, here’s what you need to know about the southeast today:


Maryland’s resort is creeping even further toward 100% open, with the opening of East Ridge trails Highline Pass and Lower Eye Opener. There are 32 of 33 trails that are good-to-go, and just one lift isn’t running.

I stumbled across this video from the Deep Creek Lake YouTube page showcasing some killer drone footage from Wisp last season. If you need a burst of motivation – beyond the killer snowfall totals and the open trail list – check it out.


Snow day rates are in effect for students in Ash, Avery, and Mitchell Counties in North Carolina, and Carter and Johnson Counties in Tennessee.

There are five lifts spinning and 20 trails open this morning at Sugar.


Today is the day to ride and ski on the cheap. Monday Night Madness means $35 lift tickets, with proceeds benefitting Pleasant View Homes. Those tickets start at 4 p.m. and are good until close at 9 p.m.

“A bit of a broken record about how great the skiing and riding is, but today will be another awesome day on the snow,” the snow reporting team said.

The Ridget Triple may be delayed this morning for maintenance.

And if you need to brush up on the skier’s responsibility code, look no further.


Appalachian Ski Mountain

Skiers and riders were absolutely throwing down at the Shred For The Cup Big Air Contest on Sunday.

App Ski is back to 100% open today, with the exception of the Handle Pull lift.

The Edmisten Entrance Road will be scraped and salted as needed.


Speaking of 100% open, Winterplace is getting there. There are 27 open trails this morning. There’s a machine-groomed surface with packed powder, and temperatures will finally creep above frigid today, as the projected high is 41 degrees.

Park rats: the Heaven Holler Terrain Park is open for business.


The skiers and riders at Bryce resort have been ripping.


Ski patroller Bill Nabers sent over another gorgeous photo from his day on the mountain yesterday.

And Discord user JBare12 sent in a report from his day there yesterday:

Had a lot of fun at Bryce today. Not as cold as I expected on the morning with minimal wind. Once the sun came up the conditions were good. Never got super crowded either, enjoyed my time out there for sure.”


A bit of a heads up from one of the Discord users. While the tree runs under lift 6 and to the far left of lift 6 look like they might have some of the best powder stashes on the mountain, ski patrol is talking to people who are dipping in there, and letting them know that the area is technically out of bounds, even though it isn’t roped off. So be cognizant of that during your pursuit of powder.


No powder at Snowshoe today.

I know. That’s a rarity these days.

There’s new manmade snow at Silver Creek, and 57 of 61 trails are open today, with 11 lifts spinning.

Here’s what the snow reporting team had to say:

A little blue birdie told us that it’s going to be a Marvelous Mountain Monday! The forecast is calling for clear skies and smooth rides so get out there and get to turn’n.

After a long day of riding you’ll be looking for the perfect place to score a warm and hearty dinner. Look no further than Al Dente, conveniently located slope side in the conference level of Mountain Lodge.”

Video Of The Day

Brown Cinema’s “Knights of the Brown Table.” Words cannot do it justice. It is art. Go watch.

The Rest

Don’t forget: Clear your calendar from February 9-11. That’s when Massanutten and SkiSoutheast will host team up to host our summit. It’s a great way to meet like-minded, snow-loving people, and possibly make some lifelong friends in the process.

Thanks to everyone that has already joined us on Discord.

Think snow!

Think cold!

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And as always, email me at [email protected] with your thoughts and photos.

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