It looks like Punxsutawney Phil was correct recently when the groundhog saw his shadow meaning we were going to experience another six weeks of winter. With one of the busiest weekends of the season on the horizon, all of the ski resorts in West Virginia are in perfect shape to handle the President Holiday Weekend crowds. Recent snowfall and below freezing temperatures throughout the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia have helped provide excellent slope coverage with natural and man made snow. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s 164 trails are open for skiers and snowboarders and all of the tubing lanes at Canaan Valley, Snowshoe Mountain and Winterplace are open.
The snowmakers at all of the state’s resorts have been working whenever the temperatures have allowed this season and when the temperatures dropped in the teens recently the resorts were making a combined 20,000 tons of snow per hour. The true unsung heroes of the state’s ski industry have made piles upon piles of snow across the state at Canaan Valley, Snowshoe Mountain, Timberline and Winterplace. Because of the excellent snowmaking opportunities skiers, snowboarders and snowtubers are finding the best conditions of the season for the holiday weekend.
Skiers, snowboarders and Snowtubers continue to rely of the consistent conditions found at the Mountain State’s resorts. Again this year, Winterplace, Timberline, Snowshoe Mountain and Canaan Valley should combine to experience over 800,000 visits and that’s not counting snow tubing visits. That means the upcoming Presidents Weekend Holiday and the spring skiing, riding and tubing season will be a strong one as the current conditions are expected to be with us through the end of March.
Normally natural snowfall hangs around for a bit, but sunny skiers and slope traffic usually means Mother Nature’s gift isn’t with the resorts very long. This hasn’t been the case with the 60 plus inches the West Virginia Mountains have received since the middle of January. The cold temperatures have not only helped the snowmaking operations, but have kept the natural snow from completely melting.
There are a number upcoming activities at West Virginia winter resorts and the best way to find out what’s happening in the mountain state is to go online at www.goskiwv.com. Winter is here and so are the best conditions in the region for skiing, riding and tubing in the mountains of West Virginia.