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‘Fantastic’ Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing Conditions at Resorts for Extended Holiday Weekend

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 26, 2013. The current weather couldn’t be better for hitting the slopes and tubing lanes after Christmas. It’s cold and sunny, and as Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain Resort said, referring to the blue skies, “You can see forever.”

“[The conditions are] fantastic,” Jochl added on Thursday morning after returning from a ski race on the slopes.

Santa was spotted at App Ski Mtn. on Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of App Ski Mtn.
Santa was spotted at App Ski Mtn. on Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of App Ski Mtn.

The “festive dusting” that occurred across the High Country on Christmas Eve brought a little bit more snow to the mountaintops of Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort, Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Hawksnest. Sugar Mountain, for example, received half an inch of snow before Santa landed.

Appalachian Ski Mtn, after closing the slopes for Christmas, opened back up on Thursday. In a post on its website, App Ski Mtn. noted the “peak season conditions … an amazing weather forecast, calm sunny skies and temperatures staying in the 30s during the day.”

Also, App Ski Mtn. won’t be engaging in any snowmaking on its slopes through 11 p.m. on Thursday. From Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, App Ski Mtn. features Holiday Midnight Blast Nights, where the slopes will be open until midnight.

As for Beech Mountain Resort, it has an average base of 26 to 50 inches. Ten of its 15 trails are open as well as four of its seven lifts. The Powder Bowl Terrain Park and ice skating is open, too.

With rain forecasted for Saturday evening and Sunday, take advantage of the next few days to experience those fantastic skiing and snowboarding conditions in the High Country.

For upcoming events, click below on the link to the respective resort: