To snow, or not to snow. That is the question. That is the question that haunts Mid-Atlantic skiers and snowboarders as each winter season approaches. Will we have a snowy season? Or at least a cold season, so local ski resorts can dial their snowguns up to 10? DCSki takes a look at some of the ways one might try to predict what kind of winter we have in store.
By M. Scott Smith | December 4, 2023 Feature Story
The recent stretch of cold temperatures has enabled robust snowmaking across the Mid-Atlantic region, and as a result, a handful of ski resorts across Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia plan to open in the coming days. In North Carolina, two ski areas have already opened for the season. In this story, we provide a look at official opening day plans shared by resorts as of November 29, 2023.
The sound of snowguns began ringing out across the Mid-Atlantic region in recent days, as post-Thanksgiving temperatures dipped below freezing. With the nighttime mercury dropping into the 20s in the coming days, the symphony of snowguns should continue as local resorts prepare for their season openings. DCSki provides a gallery of snowmaking photos from across the region and explains how the technology works. Above, snowguns begin to blanket the slopes of Seven Springs Mountain Resort on November 25, 2023.
By M. Scott Smith | November 26, 2023 News
DCSki profiles the latest enhancements at Vail Resorts' eight Pennsylvania ski areas, including Laurel Mountain, Hidden Valley, Seven Springs, Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, and Jack Frost/Big Boulder Resorts.
Over 900" of snow in one season. That was the record set by some Utah ski areas during the epic 2022-2023 winter season, and DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney was there to experience it, logging 62 ski days in the state at areas including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, and Sundance. Jim recaps his season as he personally researched Utah's claim to the greatest snow on Earth.
Over the past half century, the total number of ski areas in the United States has fallen significantly. Today, there are 30 major ski resorts operating in the Mid-Atlantic, but there were once over 100. DCSki has captured the history of 113 "lost" ski areas, and readers have chimed in with over 1,500 comments expanding upon the memories. Explore the fascinating history of Mid-Atlantic skiing in DCSki Lost Areas.
By | November 6, 2023 News