After a warm, rainy start to the week, temperatures have once again dropped and ski resorts are blowing snow. Conditions are rapidly improving at area resorts thanks to the snowmaking, and the weekend should offer some great skiing.
In Pennsylvania, Blue Knob has 7 trails open and received an inch of fresh now after the cold front arrived. Snowmaking is underway; current base depth is 8-23 inches.
Seven Springs has 28 trails open with an 8-22 inch base depth and powder/packed powder conditions. Snowmaking is helping to patch up remaining bare spots. Nearby Hidden Valley Resort has 10 trails open with a base depth of 18-24 inches and packed powder conditions.
Ski Liberty has boosted base depth to 12-20 inches on 9 open trails. The first “Late Night” of the season will be on Saturday, January 8 from 9 p.m. through midnight. Tickets for this ski session will be $10.
A “Late Night” ski session will also be held at Ski Roundtop Saturday night from 9 p.m. through midnight for $10. 10 trails are open with a base depth of 12-20 inches. Snow tubing was closed on Thursday but should re-open soon.
Whitetail’s base depth is 10-18 inches with 5 trails open. The resort hopes to open some intermediate trails this weekend.
Blue Mountain has 24 trails open with a base depth of 12-30 inches.
In Maryland, Wisp Resort has up to 18 trails open with a base depth of 20-48 inches and packed powder conditions. Some trails may be temporarily closed as snowmaking continues.
West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has received several inches of natural snow and has been busy making snow, boosting base depth to 17-63 inches with 54 out of 56 trails open, including Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge. Conditions are groomed packed powder, and the halfpipe is also slated to open Friday.
Timberline Resort has also received some natural snow and currently has 15 trails open with a 28-46 inch base depth and groomed, packed powder conditions.
In Virginia, Massanutten Resort has been making snow at night and has 7 trails open with a depth of 20-30 inches and machine groomed, frozen granular conditions.
The weather forcast calls for continued low temperatures through the weekend, allowing many resorts to make snow during the night. Early next week, milder temperatures and rain may return to the area.
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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