The mountains of West Virginia are expected received more natural snow this week, as two more resorts, Timberline and Canaan Valley in Tucker County open for the season last weekend. Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County has been open since December 5 and is opening additional terrain daily. Winterplace in Raleigh County is making snow and is now scheduled to open this Friday, December 18, while Oglebay Resort in Ohio County is also making snow and will be opening as soon as possible.
The temperatures in the higher elevations have been good (off and on) for snowmaking operations recently, allowing West Virginia areas to provide the most open terrain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions . The snowmakers at all of the resorts began to work around the clock when temperatures dropped, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to create the excellent early season conditions. When snowmaking conditions were at their best this week (in the low teens), over 10,000 tons of snow was being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour. That’s a manmade blizzard for skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers to enjoy in the mountains of West Virginia.