National Safety Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Ski Areas Association, begins today at resorts across the country. A goal of the campaign is to reduce the frequency of accidents on ski slopes and communicate a pro-active, strong safety message to resort visitors.
Between January 15 and January 21, Whitetail, Ski Roundtop, and Ski Liberty will extend lift tickets by two hours for any skier or snowboarder that can recite the safety code to a ski patroller.
Whitetail has been busy making snow since Thursday and plans to have ten trails open Sunday with machine-made, packed powder conditions. Open trails should include expert Bold Decision, with five lifts in operation.
Ski Liberty should have 11 trails open Sunday with packed powder conditions, while Ski Roundtop should have 12 trails open. Snow tubing also opened for the season on Saturday at Ski Roundtop. The Sunfire Snojam will be held Sunday at Roundtop, featuring a video lounge, fun games, and snowboarding competitions.
Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs has 15 slopes and 13 trails open with a base depth of 16-30 inches and groomed, machine-made conditions. Nearby Hidden Valley has packed powder conditions on 13 open trails with an 18-24 inch base.
Blue Knob received two inches of fresh snow and has been making snow; 14 trails are currently open. Laurel Mountain is reporting five inches of fresh snow on 12 open trails.
Some natural snow has been falling at Maryland’s Wisp Resort, which currently has 18 trails open with packed powder conditions. Base depth ranges from 20-46 inches.
In West Virginia, the conditions are great at Canaan Valley Resort, which now has 26 trails open with a 25-68 inch base depth and packed powder conditions.
Mother Nature has dumped a few inches of snow on Snowshoe Mountain Resort twice this week, while the resort continues to make snow. 100% of terrain - 56 trails - is now open, with a base depth of 21-69 inches and groomed packed powder conditions. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also now open.
Virginia’s Massanutten Resort has 10 trails open with a base depth of 26-32 inches and machine groomed conditions. Massanutten continues to make snow, and the popular tubing park is also open.
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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