After a week of great snowmaking temperatures, all area resorts were able to open by this past weekend, offering excellent early-season conditions even if it’s not quite early-season anymore. A 2-day warming trend will give way in mid-week to colder temperatures, which will allow local resorts to resume snowmaking in an effort to expand open terrain by New Year’s Day weekend.
On Wednesday, low temperatures in the Baltimore area will dip down to below freezing. Temperatures will lower Thursday and Friday, with lows reaching the teens and highs barely climbing above freezing. Things may get interesting Saturday, with precipitation expected. Temperatures will be low enough to result in frozen precipitation, but it is too early to tell whether the area will receive snow or sleet.
Local resorts will take advantage of the cold temperatures through the second half of the week by making snow.
In the meantime, skiers and boarders will find decent conditions at all local resorts. Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort is offering skiing and boarding on 17 slopes, with a base depth from 12-28 inches. Conditions are groomed granular. At Maryland’s Wisp resort, you’ll find 11 slopes and trails open, with a base depth from 12-24 inches.
In Virginia, Massanutten is skiing and boarding on 6 trails with a base depth of 16-30 inches. West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort is in good form with 32 trails open; the base depth there is 22-42 inches. Snowshoe has also opened the Ruckus Ridge Tubing Hill, and with temperatures dipping to zero at Snowshoe later this week, more trail openings are on the way.
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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