Where the West Begins – West Virginia

Visitors to West Virginia ski slopes are still finding the best conditions in the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions with new snow this week and more to more. So far this season over 10 feet of snow has dropped in the mountains of West Virginia. The fresh snow and cold temperatures are helping the resorts cover all of the slopes for skiers, snowboarders and snowtubers and open additional terrain everyday. Only a couple of trails throughout the state are still not open. From Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County to Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County to Winterplace in Raleigh County and over to Oglebay in Ohio County the slopes are in great shape for skiers and snowboarders that can take advantage of this week’s predicted snowfall.

All of the snowmakers are still out there adding to the natural snows as some the resorts are experiencing the best snowmaking temperatures of the season. Right now if you take in account all of the resorts snowmaking efforts, over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced per hour (when temperatures drop into the teens), enough to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour.

The natural snowfall remains the good word for those who love Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as that sector of the industry continues in high gear as White Grass Touring Center and Elk River Touring are providing fun in the backcountry.  The backcountry powder has never been better.