There is tons and tons of snow everywhere in the mountains of West Virginia right now! West Virginia Ski Resorts have received over eight feet of natural snow this season since the beginning of December, including over a foot just this week in some areas. The tons of natural snowfall again stretched from Oglebay Resort in Ohio County in the north to Winterplace Ski Resort in Raleigh County in the southern portion of the mountain state.
The continous cold temperatures have also allowing snowmaking operations to continue where ever necessary. There are over 155 trails open across the state, the most of any state in the region. All of the terrain parks are open along with the snow tubing areas.
The upcoming weather forecast calls for continue winter like conditions but excellent for skiing and snowboarding. The state’s highway crews have worked hard in keeping the roads clear, which shouldn’t be any problem for the holiday weekend.
All of the mountain state’s alpine and nordic areas are open. “We have started 2011 with some of the best conditions I have ever seen for this time of year,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of Winterplace and the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “Anyone looking to use those skis or snowboards they got for Christmas will find pleny of snow in West Virginia right now.”
The natural snowfall has also helped open the state’s Nordic areas, White Grass in Tucker County and Elk River in Pocahontas County. There is plenty of snow in the back country for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to have fun on.