If you chose (c), you’ll be happy to know that snowguns are firing at local resorts, and opening days are rapidly approaching. Many resorts in the Mid-Atlantic will claim opening dates by the end of this week.
Western Maryland’s Wisp Resort will open this Wednesday, November 22 at 8:30 a.m. The resort plans to have 3-5 trails open with a 18-30 inch base. Snowmaking is currently taking place on Bellyflop, Boulder Run, and Squirrel Cage. Hours of operation are Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lift tickets will be $20 Wednesday and $35 (adult) / $25 (youth) Thursday through Sunday. Contact the resort for the latest opening details.
West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will also open this Wednesday, with 25% of all trails open - the most trails available on opening day in the history of the resort. Ten trails will be open at the Snowshoe area, while four trails, including parts of the Mountaineer Terrain Park, will be open at the Silver Creek area. Base depth should range from 24-36 inches. The resort has already converted 24 million gallons of water to snow this winter.
Canaan Valley Resort expects to open on or around December 2.
In Virginia, Massanutten Resort is reporting the coldest Thanksgiving week since 1989. Snowmaking will be underway on Snowboard Park, the Tube Park, Southern Comfort, and Rebel Yell. Massanutten plans to open the Tube Park for the Dec. 2-3 weekend, with full resort operations starting on Dec. 8, day session only. Night skiing will begin on Dec. 15.
In Pennsylvania, some natural snow fell on Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, to the tune of several inches. 8-12 inches of additional snow could fall by Thursday morning.
Hidden Valley has not set an opening date yet, but extended its season pass special pricing through Dec. 4. Through Dec. 4, adult season passes are $200 and junior season passes (16 and under) are $150.
Seven Springs has been busy making snow and will open for the season on Wednesday with 7-9 slopes and trails. Hours Wednesday will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; lift tickets will cost $25 for adults and $20 for children. Seven Springs will try to open snow tubing on Friday.
Closer to D.C., Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail all began making snow on Monday night. Opening dates will be determined soon.
In the Poconos, Jack Frost expects to open on Friday, Nov. 24. Shawnee Mountain is also shooting for a Nov. 24 opening date.
Opening details included in this article are subject to change; always contact a resort directly before making a trip, particularly in early season.
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.