Driving to and from Snowshoe Mountain, which is two hours combined in the car, everyday can be sort of a grind. Looking around and seeing brown and green doesn’t exactly make it better. I’ve been working up at the shoe for two years now as a ski instructor, and have been skiing there since I was 3. Pretty much every year shows the same pattern: Great opening, horrible Christmas, on-and-off January and February, and heavy March storms. After work one day, I was skiing at the smaller but still satisfying silver creek, which is only 5 miles from the village at snowshoe, and rode the lift with someone from Vermont. While she said she’s use to the icy and on-off conditions of the beast coast, she told me that “this is still horrible conditions” that she “has never seen in her 30 years of skiing.”

So what made this Christmas so...weird?

Well, the start of the ski season and early December showed promise, with a strong opening and multiple storms in the first couple of weeks of December. Even before Christmas, there were cold temps that allowed for good snowmaking to further strengthen an already strong base. Santa Claus, however, didn’t feel too kind this year, and gave us high temps, rain, and fog that melted away a lot of that strong base. There is good news however. As warm temps continue to show up on the forecasts, just remember that February and March will deliver for the mid-Atlantic resorts.

So, if these high temps and rain have turned you away from the mid-Atlantic for a possible ski vacation, don’t shut the door completely, as winter doesn’t really quite start up here until March,