Mother Nature promises to cooperate for ski and snowboarding season on Friday when slopes will open at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort, both located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
In West Virginia, ski resorts are hoping the winter storm forecast to continue through today will bring the much-desired snow to coat the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort, Winterplace Resort, Timberline Four Seasons Resort and Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
At Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, initial snowmaking began Nov. 19. After a weekend of intense snowmaking, both resorts have an average snow base of between 8 inches and 16 inches. However, the added natural snowfall of 8 inches and 16 inches predicted through today will bolster the snow pack. Both resorts are located from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
READY FOR ACTION — Seven Springs Mountain Resort is primed for skiing and other outdoor fun after Tuesday’s heavy snowfall. - Contributed
Eric Mauck, CEO of Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, said excitement is building for opening day, especially with the latest snowfall adding to the slopes.
"We are committed to providing our guests with excellent snowmaking and grooming. Over the course of the weekend, our mountain crew took advantage of every opportunity to make snow in preparation for opening day," Mauck said. "As of Monday morning, both resorts have at least 8 inches of snow and in some places drifts as high as 8 feet. Snow accumulations of these amounts are astounding for this time of year. We always strive to open the slopes as early as possible and provide our guests with incredible conditions and this weekend will be a testament to our commitment."
Seven Springs and Hidden Valley will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Seven Springs will offer at least eight slopes and trails and the Santa's Beard and Arctic Blast terrain parks with at least 18 features, all serviced by two to three chairlifts and one surface lift. For all the details pertaining to snowmaking, snowfall totals and available terrain, check the snow report online at www.7springs.com or www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.
Meanwhile in West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County is getting a jump on the season, opening today. The resort offers five terrain parks, night skiing, tubing and cross-country skiing and children's programs. Information is available online at www.canaanresort.com.
Winterplace, located between Bluefield and Beckley at Ghent, also is awaiting a snowfall expected to be between 4 inches and 8 inches today at its 90-acre facility. On Tuesday, rain was falling and expected to turn to snow today, providing a good base for snowmaking. The opening date will be announced. Check the latest information at timberlineresort.com.
At Canaan Valley Resort at Davis in Tucker County, officials are planning for a Dec. 14 opening. Known as the highest mountain east of the Rockies, Canaan routinely offers 42 trails and other winter attractions, including tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and special activities for children. Learn more at canaanresort.com.
Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Tucker County is looking to open its season Dec. 12, weather permitting. With 39 slopes, Cherry Bowl, a north-facing gladed bowl with a western feel, and White Lightning, its longest run, the resort has something for everyone. Check them out at timberlineresort.com.
At Oglebay Park's ski slope in Wheeling, snowmaking remains in progress. An opening date for skiing at Oglebay will be announced. The city park's ski facilities offer a terrain park featuring trails of varying sizes plus exciting snow-made jumps; a fire pit, triple chair lift accessing an 815-foot slope with a 168-foot vertical drop. Information is available at ski.oglebay-resort.com.