Is Cataloochee snowsure?

The snowiest week in Cataloochee is week 4 of January. There are typically 1.8 snowy days during this week with 7cm of snowfall. Check out the Cataloochee Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Cataloochee

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December4cm0.8 days
January5cm1.5 days
February5cm1.5 days
March4cm1.1 days
April1cm0.5 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Cataloochee during December (week 1):

The average snowfall forecast during week 1 of December for Cataloochee is 3 cm. There are typically 0.7 snowy days during this week. Cataloochee normal weather and snow conditions during the first week of December at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1533m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the usual freezing level (2591m) is a long way above the mid altitude of Cataloochee. A day with snowfall happens on average every second year during the first week of December but in a typical year there are also a couple of rainy days during this week of December. In the years when snow falls at this time of year, forecast model average snowfall for the week is 6cm. Temperatures averaging above freezing both night and day in Cataloochee during week one of December with average maximum temperature 3.8°C and minimum temperature 2.1°C at the mid altitude. Expect the sun to come out on two or three days per week. Mainly light winds (average 19km/h) are unlikely to affect lift operations but there is a 50% chance that the mean wind speed will be more than more than 30km/h one day. Sunny, calm and below freezing perfect weather days that follow new snow (bluebird powder days) are in short supply, occuring this week on average one year in 0


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Cataloochee and (2007 – 2018).

Winter
Summer

Cataloochee


Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Cataloochee and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Cataloochee are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Cataloochee and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Cataloochee are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Cataloochee and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Cataloochee are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.