Originally Posted by squeakywheels
Looks like the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Colder for a couple days then another warm up in the forecast. It doesn't seem worth it to justify the long drive for the few runs that still open in marginal conditions. We may have to scrap the ski trip this Winter break. Bummer!
Ironically, the fact that ski areas in NC/VA/WV aren't very big may help them out for this Christmas season. With the 100% snowmaking infrastructure that's been developed in the last decade, they can blow a lot of snow in a short period of time. Once the cold front arrives, you know they will be doing everything they can to open as much as they can. I bet Snowshoe is going to be packed per usual.
The founder of SkiSE is the most optimistic guy around. Below is part of what Mike had to say this morning.
The coldest air of this warm fall arrives Thursday night and Friday. And with the cold, snow showers are expected Friday, mainly along the western escarpment of the Appalachians. Snow showers and flurries last into Friday night. Saturday has clearing skies and cold temperatures. Finally some help for the ski slopes and the feel of winter on the last weekend before Christmas.
It’s going to be a quick, 3-day cold snap as milder air returns quickly next week.
Snowshoe and the West Virginia and Maryland ski areas could see 1-3″ of natural snow and most all of the resorts will have around-the-clock snow-making opportunities on Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday and into Sunday night. That could mean around 48-60 hours of snow-making temps for many of the ski areas and at least 30-36 hours of snow-making for some of the Virginia and Tennessee ski resorts.
PREPARE TO BE AMAZED…
You’re not going to believe how great the conditions will be come Sunday and Monday of next week (December 20th and 21st) and that is GREAT NEWS if you’re planning on heading to your favorite ski area for some Holiday skiing and snowboarding.
Resorts SHOULD be able to get their core slopes and trails open with a good base. That is the good news. Our snow-makers are the best in the business and you won’t believe how pretty things will look via all of the webcams about a week from today.