Given that they are not making snow right now on Dew Drop, Upper Thunder Draft, and Upper Almost Heaven, my prediction is that the resort will only have one additional top to bottom option opened this weekend: Salamander, a nice beginner trail. The other top to bottom options will be White Lightning (black) and Silver Streak (double black on natural snow). More natural snow might allow the resort to open more double black terrain--maybe Off the Wall.
Canaan Valley has one top to bottom: Valley Vista.
If you enjoy Nordic, White Grass is the best cross country ski area in region and should be great this weekend with the new snow.
If you get really bored, you could always day trip it to Snowshoe (1.5-2 hours). Snowshoe is nearly at 100 percent.
[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 12-16-2003).]
To me, this should be the hightest priority of the mountain (ahead of opening the Cherry Glades and increasing uphill capacity). You can't have skiing without snow. It's that simple.
According to the timberline website they will most likely have Salamander open this weekend which is a big deal for them. That being the case they can move all the snow guns off of Salamander onto other slopes.
I think it would best for all of us to just learn to adapt to the resorts we have been given. We know that snowshoe and 7springs are the best pre-season bets. We know that timberline and others get a slow start. We know that certain resorts are great in the mid-season and that certain resorts are always open later than others.
I think we could just change the dates on most of our posts and we'd be saying the same thing every year. Should we bitch and moan? Yes. Because it makes us feel better when we are sitting in our cubes looking out the window at the snow. Most of us have our weather page set to 26260 or WVZ046
or whatever our favorite resort is. We don't have the luxury of living in CO or Utah where the hardest part of planning our trip involves wether we take our mid-fats or fats with us.
I am just glad we have a forum to discuss these things because god knows my co-workers can't deal with it.