Despite rain earlier this week and milder daytime temperatures, ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic are still going strong and gearing up for a busy President’s Day weekend. Although base depths have shrunk somewhat from the highs reached during the recent snowstorms, most terrain is still open, and colder nighttime temperatures have allowed continued snowmaking.
West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort recently finished a string of 24 consecutive days where the temperature did not rise above freezing. This allowed Snowshoe to build a base depth reaching up to 120 inches, which should be around quite awhile.
Snow showers are in the forecast for the region on Friday, and nighttime temperatures throughout the next week should remain below freezing, keeping slopes in good shape.
The annual HFSkimo Snow Job will return to Ski Liberty on Friday, February 25. Sponsored by a local alternative radio station, WHFS (99.1 fm), the event will feature live performances by Long Beach Dub Allstars (formerly Sublime), Lit, The Suicide Machines, and Good Charlotte. Tickets are $28 per person and include an all-day lift ticket for skiing or boarding.
Ski Liberty will only be open to HFSkimo ticket holders on February 25. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster. Advantage Card and season pass holders may purchase a ticket directly from Ski Liberty by calling (717) 642-8282.
Due to the popularity of this event and limited parking, WHFS is recommending carpooling.
New England has received plenty of natural snow over the past three weeks; seven and a half feet of snow have fallen on Vermont resorts, with more snow in the forecast. With base depths up to 6 feet, nearly every trail in the state is open.
Resort information and snow condition reports for Vermont resorts can be found at www.skivermont.com. The Ski Cheap newsletter, published by Chris Estes, keeps tabs on the best deals going for New Englan skiers and boarders.
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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