Rain Stresses Recently-opened Resorts
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A mild weather pattern replaced last week’s cold with warmer temperatures and a rainy Monday, putting a temporary hold on snowmaking at area resorts while whittling away at vulnerable bases.

Resorts west of D.C. expect temperatures to drop this evening, with rain changing over to snow flurries. Temperatures throughout the week are forecast to remain relatively mild, with highs reaching the mid-50’s and lows hovering around the freezing mark.

Mitchel Hyman went skiing at Wisp Resort over the weekend, and checked in with good conditions:

Meanwhile, Hugh, from Bowie, Md. provides an update on Blue Knob:

Wisp remains open with a base depth of 10-28 inches and springlike conditions. The resort is operating from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Some resorts have chosen to temporary close until conditions improve. Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs will be closed through the week. If the base survives through the end of the week, the resort may reopen this weekend.

In West Virginia, Canaan Valley remains open with 4 slopes and trails. The resort is reporting a wet granular surface with a base depth of 18-50 inches. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is expecting rain to change over to snow later this evening; 13 trails are currently open with a 33-57 inch base and a loose granular surface.

Wintergreen remains open (day skiing only) with two trails. Surface conditions on a 12-26 inch base are wet granular.

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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