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Snowshoe expands openings; awaits colder weather

On Wednesday, Snowshoe Mountain Resort opened three trails at the Silver Creek area, adding to the four trails opened at the Snowshoe area on Friday, November 19. Around the same time, warmer weather moved in - along with rain. The trails are still holding out, but the resort warns that the rain has taken its toll and recommends that visitors wait for the return of colder temperatures.

The wait shouldn’t last long. Colder temperatures are forecast to enter the area starting Sunday night, as a blast of arctic air settles into the region. Snowshoe is expecting daytime temperatures to remain below freezing by midweek, and natural snowfall is also in the forecast. The snowguns should start firing again by Monday, fortifying open terrain and continuing the push to open additional trails.

Canaan Valley delays opening

Although West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort had packed the Thanksgiving holiday with numerous activities, one of the most anticipated events - the opening of the ski area on Friday, November 26 - did not take place due to mild temperatures. The resort will continue with snowmaking efforts next week as the thermometer drops.

Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail share benefits

Ski Liberty, Ski Roundtop, and Whitetail Ski Resort - all owned by parent company Snow Time, Inc. - are offering skiers and boarders special benefits when they purchase an Advantage Card or a season pass.

For example, purchasing a season pass at Liberty or Roundtop entitles the passholder to unlimited visits at both Liberty and Roundtop, as well as four free visits to Whitetail and four free visits to Ski Windham, located in New York. Unlimited visits to Windham are allowed anytime Roundtop, Liberty, and Whitetail are closed (such as now). Season passholders are also entitled to discounted room rates at the Liberty Hotel and Windham Arms Hotel, and receive preferred parking at Ski Liberty. (Note that the Whitetail season pass is distinct and does not permit skiing privileges at Liberty and Roundtop.)

Advantage Card holders receive a 40% discount on lift tickets, rentals, and group lessons at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail, as well as a 50% discount at Windham (midweek / non-holiday). The Advantage Card is less expensive than a season pass: cost is $89 per person or $149 per family.

Season passes and Advantage Cards can be purchased on-line at any of the three resorts’ web sites.

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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