Snowshoe Mountain Resort began its 35th winter season last Friday morning as the 2008/2009 ski season is now underway in a great fashion. Over four-feet of natural snow has fallen in the mountains of West Virginia since the end of October creating awesome conditions for Snowshoe Mountain and for the resorts getting ready to open. Timberline Resort will see its first skiers and snowboarders on December 4, followed by Canaan Valley and Winterplace on December 12. There is an outside chance some of the resorts will open sooner.
Cold air should remain in the region for the foreseeable future, allowing snowmaking to continue around the clock at all of the resorts. With all that snow, this is one of the best early season conditions on record, and puts West Virginia resorts in great shape for the remainder of the season.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are already in high gear as the natural snowfall has allowed White Grass Touring Center and Elk River Touring to open their nordic trails.