By Jesse Wood
Oct. 25, 2013. The High Country woke up to some white this morning, and the ski resorts are getting excited with these snowmaking temperatures. However, the snow guns won’t start blowing until a sustained cold snap occurs after Halloween.
While the weather station at Fred’s General Mercantile, where reportedly Beech Mountain Resort received the first snow in North Carolina on Wednesday morning, recorded an official half an inch of snow, Kim Jochl at Sugar Mountain Resort said, “We’re calling it two inches.”
Each year after Oktoberfest, Sugar Mountain Resort begins switching modes. Folks start filling applications for the winter season, preparations for the ice skating rink begin, and starting Monday, the golf course will close to get ready for tubing.
“The ball continues to roll,” Jochl said.
On the other side of the High Country, Appalachian Ski Mountain received “not quite an inch” but much more than a dusting.
“It was definitely nice to wake up to,” Drew Stanley of App Ski Mountain said Friday morning. “If this was just a few weeks later, we’d be all over it. If nothing else, it will cool off our ground and water to help when the times comes to start making snow soon.”