The problem is, I just don't want to drive that far, and can't take any time off from work to go out West. Has anyone heard about any closer possible openings, maybe in the Poconos? Or Seven Springs? Canaan Valley? The weather over the next few days, unfortunately, does not look too promising. The only hope is that weather forecasts more than a day or two ahead are very unreliable.
Personally, I'm going to gut it out and wait one more week for Snowshoe to open.
Hunter today is reporting frozen granular with rain in the forecast for tomorrow--again, 6 hours of driving for these conditions is probably not worth it. I think a better bet would be to drive another 1.5 hours and go to Mt. Snow. Snow has some great cruising slopes--a perfect place to get your ski legs back.
I've booked a very reasonable trip to Austria and Slovakia in February through Ski Europe: everyone's terrified to fly so the packages are quite cheap now. You might consider Europe as an alternative to the West. St. Anton has 115 centimeters of snow on the mountain already.
In the meantime, I could really use some practice before tackling the 5000 foot vertical of Valluga. Getting your ski legs in shape on the tamer slopes of the Mid-Atlantic really makes those trips further a-field that much better. I'm still hoping that Snowshoe will have some trails open by the holidays.