Resorts Make Rapid Recovery 2
After wandering off, winter has returned to the mid-Atlantic region this week, and the timing is perfect. After flirting with sustained highs that would sway the most ardent global warming skeptic, the temperature finally plummeted to more seasonal levels early this week. Resorts throughout the region had their eye on the wet bulb and began making snow — aggressively — as soon as the temperature crossed under 32. In a possible act of solace, Mother Nature pitched in and dropped as much as 7 inches of fresh powder by Wednesday evening on resorts such as Wisp, Seven Springs, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, and Timberline. Resorts that were forced to close are now planning to re-open by this weekend — in time for the critical Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Temperatures may rise again this weekend, before plummeting again early next week. Winter may finally — thankfully — be here.
Some recent pictures from area resorts are provided below.
Fresh snow at Wisp. Wisp’s Lori Epp says “patience is a virtue,” and that the patience paid off with the return of colder temperatures and natural snow. Wisp has been making snow aggressively and had received 7 inches of fresh powder by Wednesday morning. Wisp is currently converting 101,852 gallons of water to snow every hour. Photo provided by Wisp Resort.
Virtual blizzard at Seven Springs. Seven Springs is covering its slopes with snow, as seen in this webcam shot taken at 10:54 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2007. Seven Springs had received 4 inches of natural snow by Wednesday morning. Photo provided by Seven Springs webcam.
Whitetail Resort was able to run the guns all day on Wednesday. The shot above shows mountaintop snowmaking on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Whitetail plans to re-open this weekend. Photo provided by Whitetail Resort.
Clearing snow at Snowshoe. Snowshoe Mountain Resort had received half a foot of fresh snow by mid-day on Wednesday. Snowshoe has 26 trails open and plans to open 4 more by the weekend. Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Snowmaking at Wintergreen. The sun rises Wednesday morning as Wintergreen blasts its slopes with snowmaking. Wintergreen plans to re-open on Thursday morning. Photo provided by Wintergreen Resort.
Snowmaking underway at Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain will be re-opening on Thursday, January 11, thanks to recent snowmaking. Photo provided by Blue Mountain Resort.
Snowy path. Canaan Realty’s Laura Reed provided this photo, which she snapped on Thursday morning, January 11, 2006, after the Canaan Valley region received some natural snow. “Today is one of those amazing days that often follows a big snow,” Laura writes. Photo provided by Laura Reed.
Let's hope the cold can stick around for a while now!
Fabulous photos Scott! We are enjoying skiing today (the 13th) at Canaan. Rain took away about a foot of fresh snow, but runs in good condition. 7 trails open, few crowds. Good for us; sad for the resorts. Glad Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, and lots of others have made the heroic effort to stay open. Yours, Connie and Charles