Distressed about the Lack of Snow? DCSki Presents Pictures of Snow. 6
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There was once a time when it snowed in the Mid-Atlantic in December.

Sadly, this is not one of those years. On Christmas Eve, temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-70s — possibly smashing records. Throughout December, 2015, Mid-Atlantic temperatures have been unseasonably (and unreasonably) warm. Local ski resorts have yet to see any significant natural snow, and have had fleeting moments to make snow. The long-range forecast doesn’t show much relief — temperatures into the New Year will remain warm.

Some resorts have managed to open a few slopes — barely. For example, in West Virginia, a few nights of snowmaking allowed Snowshoe Mountain Resort to open 13 trails, but that’s a historically low count heading into the holiday week. To compensate and appease guests who have already booked trips, Snowshoe will re-open its off-slope activities through the holidays, including golf, art classes, mountain biking tours, whiskey tastings, and more.

Similarly, West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort is also reopening part of its golf course and sporting clay range on December 26 to supplement limited skiing options.

“We have found that ‘sweet spot’ where the weather has been warm enough to reopen nine holes for golf while we still have skiers making turns on the hill,” explained Steve Drumheller, general manager of the resort. “With the forecast for daytime temperatures to be high enough to hit the links, we figured our holiday guests would like more activity options.”

In Virginia, Wintergreen Resort had two slopes open for a few days, but plans to close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23 until cold weather returns.

In Pennsylvania, Seven Springs Resort plans to open with very limited terrain on December 23, 2015. However, the weather forecast on opening day calls for scattered showers with a high of 62 degrees. Other lower-altitude Pennsylvania resorts, such as Whitetail, have little chance of capturing an opening date until there is a sustained stretch of sub-freezing temperatures.

So it’s not exactly a great start to the season. Mid-Atlantic skiers and boarders may have forgotten what snow looks like. As a public service, and to help you get through the next couple snowless weeks, DCSki presents this series of photos showing snow. (You’re welcome.) All of these photos were shot by DCSki’s Editor, M. Scott Smith.

A starlit night at the Arosa ski area in Switzerland.
Bighorn sheep search for food after a November snowstorm in Zion National Park, Utah.
A mid-summer snowstorm at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Fall snow mixes with fall foliage at Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Dusk at Whitetail Ski Resort, Pennsylvania.
A modern tram connecting the Arosa and Lenzerheide ski areas, Switzerland.
Night skiing at Whitetail Resort, Pennsylvania.
The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland.
Wintertime at Arches National Park, Utah.
Rare snow at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
Fresh snow at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia.
A skier grabs some airtime at Vail Resort, Colorado.
The cog railway climbs over 14,000 feet above sea level at Pikes Peak, Colorado.
Winter snow at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
Snow kisses the top of mountains at Zion National Park, Utah.
December, 2015 snow at the hottest place on Earth - Death Valley National Park, California.
A cool and crisp night at Whitetail Resort, Pennsylvania.
Snow falling at the base village of Vail Resort, Colorado.
Snow lasts year-round at the higher altitudes of Switzerland.
A fox looks for food above 14,000 feet in Colorado.
A fall snowstorm in northwest Wyoming.
Snow groomers at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia.
China Bowl at Vail Resort, Colorado.
A sunset at Whitetail Resort, Pennsylvania.
NASTAR racing at Whitetail Resort, Pennsylvania.
December snow falls at the base village of Vail Resort, Colorado.
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

JimK - DCSki Columnist
December 23, 2015
Member since 01/14/2004 🔗
2,981 posts

Scott, is your version of a coffee table book?  Beautiful photos with a fun mix of locations.

Connie Lawn - DCSki Columnist
December 24, 2015
Member since 04/19/2009 🔗
138 posts

Beautiful photos, Scott. You brightened our holidays! Best to all DCSkiers from Connie and Charles.

Scott - DCSki Editor
December 24, 2015
Member since 10/10/1999 🔗
1,251 posts

Thanks, Jim and Connie!  Hopefully we'll get some snow of our own soon.

December 28, 2015
Member since 11/24/2008 🔗
226 posts
December 28, 2015
Member since 11/24/2008 🔗
226 posts

Soon we play. Looking good for the pattern change to dryer and colder Jan 1. Hope to be sking locally Jan 4. 


The Colonel - DCSki Supporter 
December 29, 2015
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
3,110 posts

Scott, Thanks for the montage of Wonderful pictures.  This senior skier is anxious to try out new boots and hoping for local snows soon!  

Think Snow!

The Colonel

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