Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat, with plenty of discounts.
It’s not too late to ski; plenty of resorts plan to remain open through Easter, with a handful hanging on after that. DCSki has compiled information on the operating status of local resorts valid as of March 17, 2008. However, please contact any resort you plan to visit prior to visiting. Although some resorts are listed as “open,” they may have limited operating hours. For example, some resorts will close midweek and open again for the Easter weekend. Many resorts have scaled back their operating hours, for example by suspending the night skiing session. And while a number of resorts remain open for skiing and snowboarding, they may no longer offer snow tubing.
So, use the following table as a planning tool, but be sure to call a resort before making the drive. (You may click on any resort name to visit that resort’s official web site.)
|Beech Mountain recently closed for the season.
|Sugar Mountain has 10 slopes open with an 11-59 inch base. The resort is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for Sunday, March 23, 2008.
|Wisp remains open; only a few trails have closed. A Pond Skim is planned for March 30, 2008 at Wisp.
|Bryce is open but plans to end its season on Saturday, March 22.
|The Homestead closed on or around March 17.
|Massanutten is open but plans to close for the season on Sunday, March 23.
|Wintergreen has a dozen trails open and plans to remain open through at least March 23.
|Canaan Valley Resort
|Canaan Valley Resort plans to remain open until March 23. 16 of 39 trails are currently open.
|Snowshoe Mountain Resort
|Although the Silver Creek area at Snowshoe recently closed, Snowshoe plans to keep the main basin area open until at least March 30.
|Timberline is open, and is currently planning to stay open through April 6.
|As of March 16, Winterplace still had all of its 28 trails open. The resort is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for March 23. Winterplace plans to stay open through March 30.
|Alpine Mountain is open and plans an Easter Egg Hunt for March 22. The resort has not announced a closing date, but should remain open through at least March 20.
|Bear Creek has not announced a closing date. The ski area is planning a Pond Skimming for March 22.
|Open March 21-23
|Ski Big Bear will be closed midweek but plans to re-open from Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23.
|Big Boulder plans to stay open through at least March 23. After March 23, Big Boulder hopes to remain open on weekends, weather permitting.
|Blue Knob has not announced a closing date yet.
|Blue Mountain has not announced a closing date.
|Camelback has not announced a closing date.
|Ski Denton has not announced a closing date. The ski area is planning a Spring Fling weekend March 22-23, and may close around that date.
|Elk Mountain remains open, and has not yet announced a closing date.
|Hidden Valley Resort
|Hidden Valley Resort plans to be open Easter weekend (March 21-23). The resort then plans to re-open for Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, with $15 lift tickets, as well as April 5 and 6, if conditions permit.
|Jack Frost will close on March 23.
|Liberty closed for the season on March 16.
|Mystic Mountain is closed for the season.
|Ski Roundtop closed for the season on March 16.
|Ski Sawmill will close for the season on March 22.
|Seven Springs currently has 34 trails open. The resort has not announced a closing date, and is planning a Pond Skim for March 29.
|Shawnee Mountain has not announced a closing date.
|Sno Mountain plans to remain open until at least April 1.
|Spring Mountain closed for the season on March 16.
|Tussey Mountain closed on March 16.
|Whitetail closed for the season on March 16.
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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