Strong season continues at state ski resorts
You may have disparaged Tuesday’s blast of winter weather, but this fresh touch from the hand of Jack Frost is welcomed in the mountains of West Virginia where three of the state’s ski resorts are continuing what has been an excellent season.
Winterplace, located south of Beckley near Ghent/Flat Top, announced Tuesday that it has now extended the season until Saturday, March 29.
Across the state, West Virginia’s ski areas have received more than 13 feet of natural snow this season and temperatures have been perfect for snowmaking operations .
Currently, Timberline in Tucker County, Snowshoe in Pocahontas County, and Winterplace in Raleigh County continue to provide the most open terrain of any state in the southeast or mid-Atlantic regions. The reason is the snowmaking capabilities at West Virginia Ski Resorts. This winter’s cold weather has allowed the resorts’ snowmakers to make snow around the clock this season thereby providing excellent snow conditions .
At Timberline Resort, West Virginia’s only family-owned ski resort located in Canaan Valley, they received 8 to 10 inches of fresh powder on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and on Tuesday received another half foot of fresh powder.
The ski and snowboard season is expected to last through the first week of April. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of more than $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the state’s five downhill ski resorts.
Oglebay Resort in Wheeling and Canaan Resort in Canaan Valley both have closed their ski operations for the season.
Here’ s a look at the remaining weekend events:
Last ski weekend at Timberline
Timberline’ s last ski day is set for Sunday, March 30. Timberline currently has 31 trails open.
At Timbers Pub, The Split String Soup Bluegrass band with Stacey Sinclair will be performing Friday and Saturday, March 28-29. There will also be DJ Cin with karoke from 9 p.m. to close Saturday. Call 304-866-4801 or 800-SNOWING and go online at www.timberlineresort.com to find out more information about other activities at the resort including Snowmobile Races on Saturday, April 5, and the new four-person, 1,000-foot-long zipline ride.
Last ski weekend at Winterplace
Winterplace has extended its season until Saturday, March 29. Skiing that day will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Currently all 27 trails are open. For current information check out the Snow Report or call 1-800-607-SNOW. Go online at www.winterplace.com.
Last hurrah weekends
Snowshoe Mountain, which has 36 open trails, will run the next two weekends. The last weekend is set for April 5-6 at Snowshoe Mountain. The final weekend is one filled with musical entertainment, pond skimming and saying goodbye to old man winter. Go online at www.snowshoemtn.com for more info or call 877-441-4386.
For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at goskiwv.com.
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