While rain hammered down on the Washington, D.C. area, several local ski resorts rejoiced as Mother Nature delivered several inches of unexpected snow. Whitetail, Wisp, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe received varying degrees of snowfall, while Ski Liberty and Ski Roundtop received mostly rain.
It is no surprise that West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort received accumulation - after all, they’ve received over 165 inches of natural snow this season - making this one of the snowiest seasons on record. By 5 p.m. on Monday, Snowshoe had received 7 inches of new snow. Conditions are packed powder with a base depth from 38-84 inches; all 54 trails are open. Snowshoe hopes to be running the lifts until April 12.
The big surprise is that Whitetail Ski Resort received snow. Although rain fell just a few miles from Whitetail, the resort found itself digging out of 5 inches of new powder by Monday evening. The mixed precipitation changed over to rain in the evening, but not before Whitetail’s base depth was boosted to 12-31 inches. 7 trails are open, and the bare spots have been plugged by the new snow. Conditions are packed powder.
Meanwhile, Ski Liberty and Ski Roundtop received mostly rain, and both resorts closed at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening due to the rainy weather. Ski Roundtop has 8 trails open with a base depth up to 24 inches; conditions are wet snow. Due to the rain, Ski Roundtop did not groom slopes Monday night. Tubing at Roundtop has closed for the season. Ski Liberty has 6 trails open with a base depth up to 20 inches and springlike conditions.
Seven Springs received several inches of new snow, fortifying the base depth at 38-48+ inches. 13 slopes and 15 trails are open with groomed granular conditions. Seven Springs expects to receive up to 8 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.
Wisp also received several inches of snow and expects to receive 8-12 inches by Tuesday morning. Base depth is 30-48 inches with 19 trails open. Conditions are packed powder to loose granular to machine groomed.
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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