Warm temperatures and lack of natural snow in the Southeast have prompted two resorts with early season opening dates to postpone plans. Snowshoe in West Virginia and [R18R, Appalachian Ski Mtn] in North Carolina both have high hopes for a change in weather patterns after Thanksgiving.

[R407R, Snowshoe] has moved back its opening date from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4.  The area got about 4 inches of natural snow and had been making snow when colder temperatures allowed.  

Snowshoe still has plenty to offer even before the slopes are ready for skiers and snowboarders with various dining and shopping facilities open for business plus an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a 15,000 square foot Entertainment Center. The Entertainment Center is open November to April to provide a compliment to slope activities regardless of snow conditions. It offers arcade games for children and adults, live entertainment, and a food gallery. Rates start at $25 for the afternoon session 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain managers at Appalachian are watching the weather to determine when the resort can open but expect temperatures to drop in time to make snow for the mountain's 48th anniversary weekend celebration Dec. 5 and 6. Day session lift tickets will cost $5, the same price charged when the resort initially opened. The Rome Snowboard Pre Jib Contest also is scheduled on Dec. 6. Entry is free with a lift ticket purchase for those 18 years old and up. Prizes will be awarded.

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