It’s not too late to squeeze a few more runs out of the 1997-98 ski season, but you’d better make it quick. West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will remain open through Sunday, April 5, and is still sitting under a base depth of 26-72 inches. Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs closed Sunday afternoon but may re-open next weekend. The pond jump at Seven Springs will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Maryland’s Wisp has closed the ski slopes for the season, and golf has already gotten underway.
Snowshoe received 202 inches of snow this season, surpassing its average annual snowfall of 180 inches. 64% of the terrain remains open, although conditions are soft and springlike, resulting in lots of bumps. Enough snow exists for Snowshoe to remain open later than its April 5 closing date, but the resort predicted skier visits would drop off as the temperature rises - it’s hard to think about skiing when it’s in the mid-80’s.
After Sunday, you may wish to head up to New England for some spring skiing. Vermont’s Killgton resort has 160 trails open, although warm temperatures are beginning to soften the base. Things are still in full swing in Colorado; Vail received an inch and a half of new snow overnight and has 99.9% of its terrain open, a whopping 4,644 acres worth. And don’t forget the southern hemisphere: the skiing in New Zealand is great during the summer.
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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