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Uh-oh, here comes a thaw

The good news: the snowmaking staff at area resorts will be able to take a well deserved break.

The bad news: snow melts when it’s warm.

The forecast is calling for plenty of warm temperatures over the next week, with high temperatures on Friday reaching into the mid-60’s.

These warm temperatures will affect resorts throughout the region, reducing base depths and resulting in springlike conditions. Thanks to an extended stretch of cold temperatures and natural snow, resorts will enter this warm period with strong bases that should stick around, but loose granular is going to be the norm until temperatures come back down.

The ski season is still far from over, and local resorts plan to make snow whenever the opportunity is presented.

Hidden Valley to repeat season pass special

Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort bucked an industry trend this season by lowering prices on season passes, offering an unlimited adult season pass for $200 and a junior season pass for $150. This successful venture by Hidden Valley allowed many skiers to come back to a sport they had opted out of due to rising costs.

Hidden Valley has decided to offer this special on season passes again next year. As a bonus, those purchasing a 2000-2001 season pass now can ski the current season for free.

The resort is currently reporting great snow conditions and plans to be open late into March.

Canaan Valley plans “Wild Thing Weekend”

West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort will hold its Third Annual Wild Thing Weekend on Saturday, February 26.

“Pond jumping, costumed skiing, tubing and snowboard racing will share the limelight with pie-throwing, music and other fun at this year’s Wild Thing Weekend,” said Steve Logue, magaing director for the resort.

Tubing, border cross, and lollipop races will start the morning off, while costume judging will begin at 11 a.m. This will be followed by a pond jump at noon, where anyone can tube, ski or board into a man-made pond.

A meringue pie auction will be held at 2 p.m., and the resort warns that pies can be used in whatever fashion the buyer wants. A party with live music will close out the day.

For more information, contact Canaan Valley at (800) 622-4121.

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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