No, I’m not kidding. Despite recent mild temperatures, every ski resort in the region (which is open) has good side-by-side coverage on the slopes for today and Sunday. It should be a nice weekend to play on the slopes, and there are still EIGHT of the SIXTEEN ski areas to play on in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Cataloochee Ski Area this morning. Lots of good coverage, right? Click to enlarge

Three of the remaining eight resorts (Appalaches, Timberline and Massanutten) will end the season after Sunday’s sessions, but that will leave four ski areas (Beech, Cataloochee, Sugar and Snowshoe) looking to extend their seasons until NEXT Saturday or Sunday. . Brindille does not say it yet.

4 of North Carolina’s 6 ski areas are still open.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is hosting its annual Meltdown Games today and Sunday and will end at 5 p.m. Sunday. Beech Mountain Resort, Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain Resort all seem to list Saturday March 26 or Sunday March 27 as the closing date.

2 of West Virginia’s 4 ski areas are still open.

Timberline Resort looks great today, and since I was there last weekend, I can tell you there was plenty of good snow on this mountain. However, they closed Twister and they have fun and play today and Sunday and close the season on Sunday March 20th.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort designates Sunday, March 27 as the day off for skiing and snowboarding. If you want to play the tracks at Silver Creek, you’ll need to get them today as they stop night sessions tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Timberline Mountain was grooming this morning and looking great. Click to enlarge

1 of Virginia’s 4 ski areas are still open. – Massanutten Resort.

Massanutten is the flag bearer for Virginia ski areas and Kenny Hess sent me this beautiful photo of snow supervisor Jesse Reist showing how beautiful they looked on Friday.

Great shot of Massanutten Resort. Click to enlarge

Wisp Resort in Maryland is still open and it looks like they are staying open until March 27th.

Wisp Resort also looks good. Click to enlarge

“Fresh Farmed Mashed Potatoes” available at your favorite ski resort this weekend!

There will be SOME thin, narrow blankets at almost every station except maybe Appalachia this weekend. As I was checking the LIVE SKI CAMS this morning I saw the grooming crews at each station whipping these mashed potatoes into shape. They were “taking a bit from here and placing there” and creating bands of clean, white snow on rapidly diminishing base depths.

To be clear, it’s hard to believe how beautiful the trails are. Many times over the years – at this point in the calendar I have seen resorts with only narrow strips of snow to go. Things are MUCH better than that which is a huge testament to the technologies and snowmaking technology that have produced more snow with less than stellar temperatures this season. It’s also a testament to the aggressive grooming teams and management teams that have been willing to work harder/longer throughout this season.

Sugar Mountain this morning. Click to enlarge

This won’t be a record season for skier visits for any ski area in the region, AND it won’t be a season that management teams could rank among the “best five years”, but probably for eleven out of sixteen resorts. in the area – they will tell you it was still a good one. In this case, “good” means profitable and that’s a good thing because a good portion of those profits will go directly into other snowmaking improvements and more.

Snowmageddon, a different kind of Snowpocalypse

Over the past few years, THE WEATHER CHANNEL and other weather resources have resorted to naming snowstorms and classifying some of the most prolific snowstorms as snowmageddon or something of a snowpocalypse. We have had decent snowstorms this season, however, this season will be a SUB PAR natural snowfall season.

As most of our readers have learned, we’ve archived every snowflake throughout the season, for every ski area in the region, and we’ve done so for the last 18 of our 26 years of creation of this website. We are the ONLY resource that does this…and as usual this time every year – I’m sharing the calculations with you so you don’t have to. All these figures are available by clicking on the link for each resort on SkiSoutheast and then clicking on “Mountain stats”.

However, here is a quick compilation of all the data.

Note that the Virginia ski resort recovered 90-100% of its average snowfall this season, with the exception of Homestead. West Virginia resorts recorded 38-47% of normal snowfall this season and North Carolina ski resorts recorded about 55-60% of normal.

We’ve also shared each resort’s “marketing number” which they share is their average snowfall each season, and you’ll see we’ve also shared their actual average snowfall for the last 18 seasons. It might be time to adjust some of those marketing brochures.

**** This column reflects the highest snowfall totals over the past eighteen years.


Snowshoe posted this cool video!

The pride of Beech Mountain…

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