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Three WV ski resorts to remain open through Easter weekend

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 02:05 PM

The blast of spring cold and snow flurries might be nothing but a hassle in the river valleys but in the mountains three ski resorts will be open through the weekend.

 Winterplace in Raleigh County, Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County and Timberline in Tucker County will remain open thanks to nearly five feet of snow this month and the storm that impacted the region earlier this week.

“The conditions are excellent right now for skiers and snowboarders wanting to make those final turns of the season,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and President of Winterplace Ski Resort. “It’s been a very good season for all of the resorts as we have had plenty of snowfall and excellent temperatures for snowmaking.”

Timberline and Snowshoe are set to close this Sunday, March 31, while Winterplace is scheduled to close this Saturday, March 30. At Timberline, West Virginia’s only family-owned resort, they’ll be offering $1 lift tickets for Sunday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

White Grass Touring Center, the state’s largest Nordic Center in Tucker County, is also providing excellent coverage for cross-country skiers and snowshoers and will do so as long as the snow lasts on the trails.

 The mountains of West Virginia have received more than 17 feet of natural snow this season and temperatures have been perfect for snowmaking operations, allowing the winter recreational areas to provide the most open terrain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions throughout this season.

The March blast of snow is just what the industry needed as last year, most resorts closed after the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in mid-March when temperatures were unseasonably warm climbing to near 80 degrees even in the highest elevations of West Virginia.

The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5000 jobs at the resorts.  For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at goskiwv.com.

  For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at goskiwv.com.

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