An Update on Mid-Atlantic Resort Openings 3
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On November 7, North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort became the first ski area in the Mid-Atlantic to open, followed on November 8 by the Cataloochee Ski Area. West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort followed suit on November 21, and Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs opened several trails on November 25.

The trickle of openings is quickly growing into a steady stream. Initial openings were tentative -; a blast of cold air and snowmaking allowed resorts to open a small handful of slopes, sometimes for just a few days. But December will bring colder temperatures, additional openings, and expanded terrain. Seven Springs plans to re-open on Saturday, December 1, and Maryland’s Wisp Resort will also open three trails on December 1. Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder Resort is currently reporting six trails open.

Cross country skiers have also been able to make first tracks. Five inches of natural snow in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia in mid-November allowed cross-country skiers and snowshoers to test the trails of the White Grass Touring Center.

Wisp’s Belly Flop slope is groomed in preparation for a December 1, 2007 opening. Photo provided by Wisp Resort.

 

Snowmaking has been underway at Snowshoe, which opened for the season on November 21, 2007. Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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Reader Comments

KevR
November 30, 2007
perhaps a proper winter is in store...
robbie a
November 30, 2007
Bring on the trip reports!
Ed Birdmon Fowler
December 1, 2007
I was at liberty today, They are hoping for Dec 7 weekend opening. Liberty , WT and Roundtop, were scheduled to make snow this weekend and continue at night all next week.

Roundtop had been making snow this week, for the rail jam on SAT. Ah snow on the way. I was alerted to the storm monday. So depending on who you listen to, 1 to 4 inches snow, then possible change over to ice, freezing rain. The forecast models have been showing a warm air mass coming up, hence the changeover, Some say the cold air will stay. we shall see.

The resulting mix will help get a base going on the slopes. Then a good bit of below normal cold through Dec 14. Hopefully they will have 3 to 4 trails (25%) open for next weekend.
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