Snowshoe Receives a Foot of Powder
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A foot of fresh snow was enough to make Snowshoe Mountain Resort visitors forget all about the rain that fell on the resort late Saturday and early Sunday. The rain turned over to snow on Sunday evening, and continued throughout the day Monday, adding up to over a foot of powder. The West Virginia resort has received close to 30 inches of natural snow in the last nine days.

Snowshoe gets over a foot of natural. Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Most ski resorts close to Washington, D.C. were soaked by rain on Saturday and Sunday, as temperatures rose following a week of low temperatures. The bases at local resorts fared well, although conditions were transformed from packed powder on Friday to wet and frozen granular by Monday morning. But for some of the western resorts, the rain changed over to snow by Sunday evening.

Western Maryland’s Wisp resort received approximately 5 inches of new snow on Monday, and is offering packed powder to groomed granular conditions. Seven Springs and Hidden Valley also saw their bases expand by several inches of natural snow.

West Virginia resorts received the most natural snowfall. Canaan Valley woke up to 4 inches of new snow on Monday morning, and the snow continued falling throughout the day. Nearby Timberline also had 5-7 inches of new snow on the ground by Monday morning.

Combined with aggressive snowmaking, the new snow has boosted Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s base depth to 50-84 inches.

“The snowfall couldn’t have come at a better time, as we prepare the slopes for the spring skiing portion of the season,” said Steve Rice, President of Snowshoe. Rice notes that Snowshoe had a slow start this year, but just capped off the most popular month of February in the resort’s history.

Snowshoe expects their base depth to last comfortably into April, with the lifts set to run until Sunday, April 11. To attract skiers and boarders to the slopes, Snowshoe is offering a $99 per person midweek package during the first two weeks of March, which includes two nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets. Lift tickets will drop to $12 from March 29 through April 11, as Snowshoe caps off its 25th anniversary celebration with 1974 lift ticket prices.

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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