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Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Pushes into April
March 28: Yes, you can still ski or board in the Mid-Atlantic. Several resorts have announced that they plan to remain open into early April.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe in the Rain
January 22: Can skiing in the pelting rain at Snowshoe be fun? If you’re DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham, it sure can be. He describes his recent rainy adventure in this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
January 13: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent the weekend at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. They filed this Firsthand Report. (7 reader comments)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum
December 27, 2012: A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
The Weekly Altitude
November 25, 2012: The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this weeks issue: Ready, Set, Fire the Snowguns!; Kickstarter Project aims to develop Adventure Case for iPhone; North Carolina Ski Areas Association Offers “Gold Cards.”
Great Glades Almighty!
November 12, 2012: What’s so great about glade skiing? Is it the adrenaline rush of a high speed slalom through the trees or maybe the seductive siren song of better, softer snow? DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney explores this question, while sharing his own favorite glades.
Firsthand Report and Top Five Tips: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
February 5, 2012: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham recently visited West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, finding some of the snow that may have been missing this mild winter. Matthew provides five key tips for maximizing your time on the slopes at Snowshoe. (3 reader comments)
Snow and Cold Push Opening Dates within Reach
December 7, 2011: Mother Nature has been keeping the cold to herself so far this winter, but the arrival of snow on Wednesday has many local resorts pushing to open for the season in the next week or two. (1 reader comment)
Skiing Opportunities for Thanksgiving (Updated)
November 20, 2011: Want some skiing to go with your turkey on Thanksgiving day? At least two mid-Atlantic resorts are willing to oblige. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2011: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 29, 2011: Snowshoe Mountain Resort has made a number of enhancements for the 2011-2012 winter season.
West Virginia Resorts Offer Statewide Mountain Pass
October 22, 2011: West Virginia ski areas have once again partnered to offer a statewide “Mountain Pass.” (5 reader comments)
Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Wisp, and Snowshoe Collaborate on Season Passholder “Resort Swap” Program
October 4, 2011: Spanning three states and covering a 150-mile radius, some of the most popular resorts in the mid-Atlantic have teamed together to offer their Season Passholders additional value during the 2011-2012 winter season.
An Early Nine Inches Fall on Snowshoe
October 4, 2011: It’s been a rainy summer season in the mid-Atlantic this summer, and skiers and boarders are hoping some of that rain continues as snow once winter arrives. If the first weekend in October is any sign, Mother Nature just might oblige.
West Virginia joins 33 other States in declaring January “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”
January 19, 2011: With the stroke of a pen and a proclamation from the Governor, the state of West Virginia joined 33 other states that have declared January as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Snowmaking Underway as Resorts Eye Opening Dates
December 2, 2010: Bummed about mild temperatures in November? No need to worry; December arrived with a blast of cold. Mid-Atlantic ski areas are busy making snow and will begin opening this weekend. DCSki has the latest scoop on opening plans for local resorts.
West Virginia Governor Proclaims January Learn a Snow Sport Month
January 20, 2010: In a ceremony earlier this month, Joe Manchin, Governor of West Virginia, announced that January was officially Learn a Snow Sport Month in his state (3 reader comments)
Notes from the Road: Snowshoe Mountain (updated)
January 9, 2010: Connie Lawn is spending the weekend at snowy Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. She filed these notes from the road. (7 reader comments)
Mother Nature Delivers Early Holiday Gift to Mid-Atlantic Skiers: Some of the Best Pre-January Conditions on Record
December 24, 2009: Mother Nature delivered an early holiday gift to mid-Atlantic ski areas, dumping up to three feet of fresh snow the weekend before Christmas and keeping temperatures low enough to fire snowguns around the clock. As a result, many ski areas should have close to 100% of their terrain open in the coming days.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off, with Help from Mother Nature
December 6, 2009: The return of colder temperatures has allowed mid-Atlantic ski areas to fire up the guns, and Mother Nature helped kick off the festivities with some natural snow. Several resorts in the mid-Atlantic are now open for skiing and boarding, with more expected to come on-line soon. (1 reader comment)
DCSki Introduces New Features to Track Resort “Tweets”
November 15, 2009: The Twitter microblogging service allows individuals and companies to create and share short text-based updates called “Tweets.” Over a dozen ski areas in the mid-Atlantic region have created a presence on Twitter, using Twitter to post announcements and information. DCSki now captures these updates and makes them readily available to skiers and boarders, whether or not they have their own Twitter account.
What’s New for 2009: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
November 8, 2009: Snowshoe Mountain Resort puts the focus on safety this winter by including helmets with all youth rentals. A new restaurant will open, and Snowshoe is also providing guests with an opportunity to save a few bucks. (1 reader comment)
Snowshoe to host Susan G. Komen Ski for the Cure Event
February 14, 2009: On Saturday, February 28, 2009, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will host a “Ski for the Cure event” to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
Aggressive Snowmaking Underway, as Resorts Race Towards Opening (Updated)
November 18, 2008: Have you noticed a chill in the air? Local ski resorts sure have. And many are taking advantage of it to fire up the snowguns. Mother Nature is also lending a hand, dumping nearly two feet of snow over higher-elevation resorts. Late November is being kind to Mid-Atlantic skiers, setting up resorts to offer some of the best early season conditions in recent memory. DCSki provides a complete update. Updated on November 20, 2008. (5 reader comments)
Early Snow Provides Hint of Strong Ski Season
November 1, 2008: In this campaign season, voters may have been wary of an “October Surprise,” but mid-Atlantic skiers and boarders were treated to an October Surprise that they probably have no quarrel with: snow at some higher-elevation ski areas.
What’s New for 2008: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
September 14, 2008: This fall, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will be installing a mid-station to its Western Express lift, allowing the upper half of Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge to open earlier in the season.
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
March 17, 2008: Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat. DCSki provides a detailed look at the current operating status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Firsthand Report: Wounded Warrior Weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
March 5, 2008: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort February 23-24, 2008, where they observed Snowshoe’s first Wounded Warrior Weekend. The event brought wounded service members to the slopes of Snowshoe to learn how to ski and snowboard. Connie filed this Firsthand Report, describing both the event and the overall skiing experience at Snowshoe. (1 reader comment)
Results of the 2008 DCSki Annual Survey: Top Resorts in the Mid-Atlantic
February 22, 2008: During January, DCSki asked its readers to complete a survey, ranking Mid-Atlantic ski areas in a number of categories. Over 100 readers filled out this detailed survey, providing a measurement of what local resorts are doing well, and what they could be doing better. We also asked readers to cast a critical eye on DCSki itself. The results are in, so kick back, relax, and see if you agree with readers’ picks for best resort in various categories.
Tips for Avoiding Crowds on Weekends
February 18, 2008: DCSki’s best tip is to ski on weekdays: crowds are often nonexistent, and it’s usually less expensive, too. But what if your schedule only allows you to ski on weekends? No worries. DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham provides his “top ten” tips for avoiding weekend crowds at Mid-Atlantic ski areas. (6 reader comments)
Family Ski Road Trip Primer
January 6, 2008: Going on a road trip to the slopes with your family in tow can be a wonderful experience, or a disaster, and it often comes down to effective planning. DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney provides a wealth of useful tips on planning the perfect family road trip, leveraging his own experience and the experience of other Mid-Atlantic ski dads. (5 reader comments)
Cold and Snow Return
January 2, 2008: The mercury began falling on New Year’s Day, settling in below freezing and accompanied by a snow storm that is dumping powder across many resorts in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Resorts Head Into Holiday Week with Plenty of Snow
December 20, 2007: There might not be snow on the ground outside of your house, but it will be a white Christmas at Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Complete Breakdown of Opening Dates
December 6, 2007: If you live in the Mid-Atlantic, you’ll have your pick of several dozen resorts to ski or snowboard at this weekend. DCSki provides a complete breakdown of opening-day plans for resorts from North Carolina up through northern Pennsylvania. Cold temperatures and natural snow have produced remarkable early-season conditions.
Winter Storm Brings Fresh Powder to Mid-Atlantic Resorts
December 4, 2007: A winter storm has dumped over half a foot of snow on high-elevation resorts in West Virginia, western Maryland, and western Pennsylvania, serving as an early-season treat to skiers and snowboarders. Learn more in this article. (1 reader comment)
Private Gated Community Under Development at Snowshoe
November 29, 2007: A new 22-acre gated residential community is currently under construction at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, featuring the first 100 percent Energy Star-rated homes in West Virginia.
Snow Hits Mountain Resorts
November 16, 2007: Starting Thursday and continuing into Friday, many higher-elevation resorts throughout the mid-Atlantic region received their first significant snowstorm of the season. Several inches of snow fell in some parts, covering slopes and providing a strong hint that the ski season is just around the corner. (2 reader comments)
November 13, 2007: Snow has made its debut in the mid-Atlantic region, from both the sky and snowguns. Today’s News Briefs provides a roundup of current conditions, and confirms that the new owners of Hidden Valley will unveil a master plan on November 17 detailing the future of the resort.
November 7, 2007: Snowshoe, Sugar Mountain Begin Snowmaking; Canaan Valley and Timberline Team Up with Joint Lift Ticket; Canaan Valley Region Receives Dusting of Snow; Wisp Offers Year-Round Mountain Coaster.
What’s New for 2007: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
August 11, 2007: Snowshoe Mountain Resort is in the process of cutting three new trails for the 2007-2008 winter season, including a glade trail. (12 reader comments)
Intrawest Appoints New President of Snowshoe, Affirms Resort Will Not be Sold
August 1, 2007: Intrawest recently appointed Bill Rock as President and Chief Operating Officer of West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, while affirming that the corporation has no plans to sell Snowshoe. Last fall, Intrawest was purchased by a private equity firm. Intrawest owns or operates many ski areas including Snowshoe and Whistler Blackcomb. (1 reader comment)
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
March 20, 2007: The season isn’t over — far from it. Thanks to a dumping of natural snow this past weekend, many mid-Atlantic ski areas are in prime form as the end of March nears. A few resorts have thrown in the towel, but the majority of mid-Atlantic resorts will remain open through this weekend, with some aiming to stay open until April 1 or later. DCSki provides a complete roundup as of March 20, 2007. (6 reader comments)
Resorts Offer Deep March Discounts and Excellent Conditions
March 6, 2007: It’s March, and that means the end of the ski season is near. But not as near as mid-Atlantic natives might think. Resorts have built up strong bases and continue to make snow as temperatures permit, hoping to provide excellent ski conditions through (at least) the end of the month. To make sure skiers and snowboarders keep coming to the slopes, they’re sweetening the deal with some great spring discounts. (6 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe, Feb. 11-15, 2007
February 23, 2007: Guest contributor George Lyle describes a recent trip to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. (2 reader comments)
Winter Scenes: Some Shots from the Region
January 17, 2007: The winter season made a sharp turn this week — back towards winter. Temperatures plummeted, and the mountain regions of West Virginia were greeted by up to 6 inches of fresh snow on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2006. The long-term forecast shows no sign of the cold abating, and more natural snow could arrive soon. View some West Virginia photos provided to DCSki on Wednesday. (2 reader comments)
Resorts Make Rapid Recovery
January 10, 2007: After wandering off, winter has returned to the mid-Atlantic region this week, and the timing is perfect. After flirting with sustained highs that would sway the most ardent global warming skeptic, the temperature finally plummeted to more seasonal levels early this week. This allowed the return of aggressive snowmaking, and Mother Nature contributed as much as 7 inches of fresh powder in some areas by Wednesday evening. (2 reader comments)
Balmy Weather Takes its Toll on Mid-Atlantic Skiing
January 8, 2007: The ski season was off to a reasonable start. Resorts big and small began launching their season during the first two weeks of December. And then, the cold air swirled away and disappeared from the region, as if frightened away by an unseen force — global warming, or perhaps El Nino, theorized many skiers as they looked forlornly at quickly-melting slopes. Since mid-December, sustained cold weather hasn’t returned. That could change soon, but for many resorts, the damage has already been done. (6 reader comments)
Looking Back: The Top 20 Most Popular Stories of 2006
January 1, 2007: We look back on the 20 most popular articles published on DCSki during 2006, starting with the most-read story. (1 reader comment)
Natural Snow Accumulates at Many Mid-Atlantic Resorts
December 7, 2006: Snow began falling in many mountain regions of the mid-Atlantic on Thursday, dumping natural snow on several local resorts. By Friday morning, accumulation could climb as high as 10 inches at some ski areas. With or without natural snow, sub-freezing temperatures are allowing snowguns to fire aggressively throughout the mid-Atlantic. (1 reader comment)
Resorts Gear Up for Season: A Complete Roundup
December 7, 2006: Low temperatures in early December have allowed mid-Atlantic ski resorts to fire up the guns and prepare for their season openings. This detailed story provides opening plans for over 30 resorts in the mid-Atlantic region. (2 reader comments)
Snowmaking Begins and Continues
November 20, 2006: Several resorts began making snow on Monday evening, including Timberline, Wintergreen, Wisp, and Seven Springs. Sugar Mountain continues to make snow after opening for the season on Monday, and Snowshoe continues round-the-clock snowmaking after 72 solid hours of snowmaking over the weekend. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2006: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 7, 2006: A third high-speed quad will begin running this winter at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, replacing the older Widowmaker lift and reducing ride time from more than nine minutes to less than three. (2 reader comments)
Construction of New High-Speed Lift Underway at Snowshoe
July 2, 2006: In June, industrial-strength helicopters dropped new towers into place, completing the first installation phase of Snowshoe’s third high-speed chairlift. (1 reader comment)
June 4, 2006: Snowshoe Kicks Off Summer Season; Wisp Resort Partners with Orvis Company; Ski Roundtop Selling Fife & Drum Chairs
The End is Approaching
March 25, 2006: Providing an Eastern Pennsylvania perspective, Brenton Archut provides an update on local ski resorts that are closed, closing soon, or pushing into April. He also reflects on this past ski season. (4 reader comments)
Adaptive Skiing at Snowshoe
February 3, 2006: During a recent visit to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Connie Lawn learned about adaptive wintersports programs that allow athletes with a range of disabilities to enjoy the slopes. Connie reports on the program in this story. (6 reader comments)
Snapshots of Snow from the Mid-Atlantic Region
January 29, 2006: Over the past few days, winter returned, dumping up to 15” of snow at the higher elevations and enabling snowmaking at the lower elevations. January wasn’t the coldest month on record, but the blast of cold weather at the end of the month — brief as it may have been — provided a shot in the arm to ski resorts as they head into February. (1 reader comment)
Snowshoe and Silver Creek: A Firsthand Report
January 29, 2006: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort on January 21-22, 2006, and provide this Firsthand Report. (4 reader comments)
Ups and Downs at Snowshoe: A Firsthand Report
December 12, 2005: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham has been banned from the Eurobungee at Snowshoe. And only because he’s older than 20 years old. He is, however, still allowed to ski the slopes at Snowshoe. Matthew visited Snowshoe this past weekend and describes his adventures on the slopes, in the air, and rotating every which way. (10 reader comments)
Some Early-Season Snapshots
December 11, 2005: For many skiers and boarders in the mid-Atlantic, this past weekend marked the start of the season. A long stretch of snowmaking temperatures, capped off by a dumping of snow from Mother Nature early Friday, allowed many resorts to open for the season, and others to push forward with additional terrain. Some early-season photos from around the region are included in this update. (1 reader comment)
Flood of Resorts to Open, with Bargains on Tap
December 5, 2005: A number of Mid-Atlantic resorts have already opened for the season: Wisp, Seven Springs, Blue Mountain, Wintergreen, Massanutten, Canaan Valley Resort, and Snowshoe, to name a few. This weekend, that count is going to grow. And thrifty skiers and boarders will find a selection of bargains available. (1 reader comment)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Off to an Early Start
November 27, 2005: A blast of arctic air last week fueled snowmaking at resorts across the mid-Atlantic region, allowing several resorts to open for the season, while others began laying down a base in anticipating of an opening date. This article provides an update on conditions and some early season photos. (2 reader comments)
Additional Pictures from the Early Season Snow
October 26, 2005: Up to a foot of snow fell at higher elevations in the Mid-Atlantic Monday and Tuesday, causing some school and road closures and a lot of excitement by area skiers and boarders. DCSki provides updated photos from the storm at areas including Wisp, the Canaan Valley, and Snowshoe. (1 reader comment)
First Snow of the Season Arrives to Higher Elevations: A Pictorial
October 25, 2005: On Monday, October 25, the first snow of the season arrived to the higher elevations of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Snow and mixed precipitation fell throughout the day in areas such as Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, Deep Creek Lake, and Seven Springs. View some photos of the early snow. (4 reader comments)
DCSki Interview: Joe Stevens, Outgoing Communications Director, Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 14, 2005: After leading the Communications Department of Snowshoe Mountain Resort for 15 years, Joe Stevens is opening a new chapter in his career. DCSki’s John Sherwood talked to Joe about Snowshoe, the local ski scene, and the future of snowsports in the region in this candid interview. (8 reader comments)
What’s New for 2005: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
September 18, 2005: Terrain park enthusiasts will find that Snowshoe has been “supersized” this winter season. Significant enhancements for freeskiers and riders top the list of improvements made to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. (1 reader comment)
New Facility Under Construction at Snowshoe for Challenged Athletes
July 6, 2005: In mid-June, construction began on a new adaptive ski center and ski patrol clinic at Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Silver Creek area. (1 reader comment)
April 24, 2005: Canaan Valley Resort adds Geocaching, Eurobundy, and Climbing Wall to Summer Menu; Bill Rock to Serve as General Manager at Snowshoe; Jack Frost to Host 19th Annual Pocono’s Irish and Celtic Festival; Snowshoe’s Spruce Lodge Demolished to Make Room for New Construction. (8 reader comments)
Spring may be here, but the snow’s not gone yet
March 24, 2005: The vernal equinox (i.e., spring) may have arrived last weekend, but the mid-Atlantic ski season isn’t over yet. Plenty of skiing and snowboarding options remain open for the Easter weekend, and thanks to a deep base, Snowshoe plans to keep the season going until April 10. Once summer is finally here, if you still want to ski, South America and southern hemisphere skiing is just a plane ride away. (3 reader comments)
Skiing, Southern Style: A December 18-21, 2004 Trip to Snowshoe
December 26, 2004: Guest Columnist Jon Hsieh visited Snowshoe Mountain Resort for his first time right before Christmas, and filed this Firsthand Report. (7 reader comments)
Flood of Resorts to Open This Weekend
December 17, 2004: The 2004-2005 winter season has officially begun as resorts throughout the region open their slopes to skiers and boarders. Find out the latest opening information in this article.
Better Late than Never: Aggressive Snowmaking Underway as Flood of Resorts Prepare for Weekend Opening
December 14, 2004: Natural snow and the type of frigid temperatures snowmakers love has snowguns roaring out throughout the mid-Atlantic region. As of Monday, two mid-Atlantic resorts were open, but that number is set to explode over the next few days. (7 reader comments)
Winter Arrives at Snowshoe
December 13, 2004: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham made his first trip of the season to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend, and filed this Firsthand Report. (13 reader comments)
October 24, 2004: DCSki Columnist honored by West Virginia Division of Tourism; International Ski and Snowboard Association launches new web site; Canadian Mountain Holidays to show heli-skiing film locally November 22. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2004: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 13, 2004: The Village at Snowshoe continues to evolve this season with over $6 million in new capital improvements. New Outdoor Adventure Activities are also some of the many improvements to the West Virginia resort. (11 reader comments)
July 16, 2004: Ski Chalet sets date for “Dilly in Chantilly”; Old Spruce Properties becomes RE/MAX office; Wisp expands summer activities.
Home on the Slopes: A Spring, 2004 Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Real Estate
May 23, 2004: John Sherwood takes a look at the current real estate market at several Mid-Atlantic ski resorts, finding that property values have shot up with the rest of the housing market over the past year. (7 reader comments)
Retail Changes on Tap for Snowshoe
May 16, 2004: The Village at Snowshoe continues to evolve at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The mountaintop village will be joined by a new full-service restaurant, coffee shop, and crafts store later this spring.
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Snowshoe preps for mountain biking
April 21, 2004: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort is preparing to launch its mountain biking season, and will unveil a new Mountain Bike Park this spring.
March 24, 2004: It’s not too late to ski; Spring skiing going strong at Snowshoe; Ski and Golf weekend at Wisp; Reprieve at Roundtop; Final Season Thoughts on Liberty from Connie Lawn
March 18, 2004: Weekend lift ticket specials at Wisp; Snowshoe launches 24 Hour Race this weekend; Checking the status of resorts.
Snowshoe Trip Report: March 13-14, 2004
March 17, 2004: John Phillips traveled to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend, and provides this Firsthand Report.
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March 1, 2004: Temperatures may be warming, but there’s still plenty of snow at area resorts. Need something to do this weekend? Many mid-Atlantic resorts will offer spring-themed festivals, with the requisite pond skimming contest.
February 17, 2004: Condition update; Canaan Valley hosts Mountain Arts and Bluegrass Festival Feb. 21; Wisp to host Annual Mountain Reggae Fest
February 9, 2004: Review: Touching the Void; the unique challenges Snowshoe Mountain Resort faces as a neighbor of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe on Superbowl Sunday
February 8, 2004: Matthew Graham met up with some friends at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort a week ago, and found some Super Skiing to go with Superbowl Sunday. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Ice and Rain Hammer Region, Causing Temporary Stress for Resorts
February 6, 2004: Mixed precipitation is a term familiar to mid-Atlantic skiers and boarders, and many resorts prefer to use the phrase to describe snow that might have a little sleet or rain mixed in, but an ice storm moving through the region Thursday and Friday brought a refreshing dose of honesty from area resorts.
(1 reader comment)
January 20, 2004: Resorts see busy holiday weekend; Snowshoe announces “Snowshoe 24” race; Sugar Mountain details upcoming capital improvements; Connie Lawn’s Notes from Whitetail
January 11, 2004: Frigid temperatures settle over region, boosting snowmaking; Connie Lawn provides notes from a recent trip to Whitetail; Canaan Valley Resort to host Winter Games competition.
January 7, 2004: Cold weather returns; Timberline upgrades Silver Queen lift; Verizon Luge Challenge to visit Liberty; Jack Frost offers Women’s Ski Clinic.
Snowshoe Celebrates 30th Birthday
December 21, 2003: This winter, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort celebrates its 30th season in operation. On December 19, 1974, Snowshoe first opened with nine trails and three lifts. Today, Snowshoe boasts 57 trails and 14 lifts.
Storm Launches Resorts into Great Early Season Conditions
December 8, 2003: Mid-Atlantic skiers wondering whether November’s mild temperatures would mean a slow start to the season were rewarded this past weekend, as a double-barreled storm swept across the region, leaving over a foot of snow on the slopes of many ski resorts. As a happy coincidence, this past weekend was the time many Mid-Atlantic resorts chose to open for the season. A week of solid snowmaking combined with the fresh snow resulted in some of the best opening day conditions on record. (6 reader comments)
Weekend Brings Resort Openings, Winter Storm
December 5, 2003: Updated: A confluence of events has Mid-Atlantic skiers and boarders looking towards the weekend with anticipation. Cold temperatures throughout the week have translated into solid snowmaking, allowing many resorts to open for the season this upcoming weekend. And a winter storm hitting the region Friday may add some natural snow to the mix. DCSki has the latest on the forecast and resort openings in this updated article. (1 reader comment)
Snowmaking Continues as More Resorts Prepare Openings
December 1, 2003: November and its relatively mild temperatures are behind us, and a stretch of cold temperatures should allow many Mid-Atlantic ski resorts to open in the next 7-10 days. Find out the latest in this article.
Nordic Skiing Beats Out Downhill Skiing
November 30, 2003: It’s a little unusual for Nordic skiing opportunities to arise before downhill skiing in the Mid-Atlantic region, but a snow storm over the weekend has allowed the White Grass Touring Center and Snowshoe Mountain Resort to open up some cross country terrain.
My Favorite Cruisers
November 30, 2003: Everybody loves a good cruiser, unless maybe you’re an elite extremist or an extreme elitist. In this feature, Jim Kenney takes a look at some of his favorite cruisers — in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. (13 reader comments)
Snowmaking: Take Two
November 26, 2003: Hopes for an early start to the ski season were raised in mid-November when temperatures dipped and Mid-Atlantic resorts began making snow. We all know what happened next. Well, cold temperatures made a comeback on Monday, and many area ski resorts responded in kind, firing up snowmaking systems once again. (1 reader comment)
November 19, 2003: Warm weather pushes back resort openings; early season equipment sales up; Burton releases iPod accessories. (2 reader comments)
How Resorts Make Snow
November 18, 2003: If you’ve been reading DCSki lately, you know that snowmaking operations have already started in the Mid-Atlantic. But how do resorts turn water into snow? And is it “real” snow? In this DCSki classic article, John Sherwood explores the art and science of snowmaking, describing why the process is so crucial to Mid-Atlantic resorts. (23 reader comments)
Photos of Snowmaking Throughout the Region
November 17, 2003: On-and-off cold temperatures over the past week allowed many Mid-Atlantic ski resorts to dust off their snowguns and take them for a test run. This article contains photos from recent snowmaking efforts throughout the region.
Snowguns Sing Out Throughout Region
November 14, 2003: The past couple of days have brought a flurry of snowmaking activity to resorts throughout the Mid-Atlantic. North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain will become the first resort to open when it drops ropes on the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes on Saturday morning. (3 reader comments)
Snowshoe Begins Snowmaking
November 10, 2003: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort fired up its snowguns Saturday night, taking advantage of sub-freezing temperatures in an effort to lay down a base for an anticipated November 21 opening date. (15 reader comments)
Country Roads: What Every Skier Should Know About Driving to West Virginia’s Slopes
October 24, 2003: Over the years, DCSki readers have debated over the best route for reaching West Virginia ski resorts such as Snowshoe or Timberline. John Sherwood examines the options and offers his own suggestions, pointing out which routes have the least switchbacks or the best food, and noting how Corridor H might change the equation in the future. (26 reader comments)
October 2, 2003: Jeannie Thoren Ski Clinic offered at Ski Chalet; Sugar Mountain plans 13th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration; Areas begin to see first snow of the season; Vermont Ski Industry offers one-stop job information on-line.
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Nuts and Bolts: Successfully Putting Together a Group Ski Trip
September 22, 2003: In his first article as a DCSki Columnist, Jarrett Baker leverages his own experience planning trips to offer advice on how to plan a youth group ski trip.
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September 21, 2003: Patrollers practice lift evacuations at Snowshoe; Copper Mountain begins snowmaking; SnowSports Industries America launches “Winter Feels Good” campaign in D.C.; Tree sitters end protest at Wachusett Mountain.
Mid-Atlantic Resorts Eye Hurricane
September 17, 2003: As Hurricane Isabel barrels directly towards the Mid-Atlantic region, local ski resorts are taking precautions to handle the expected high winds. Find out what precautions they’re taking, and why all of this summer’s rain could translate to great skiing this winter.
What’s New for 2003: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
September 8, 2003: 10 new acres of skiing, enhanced terrain parks, and a new restaurant and retail store highlight some of the improvements at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Firsthand Report: 24 Hours of Snowshoe
July 1, 2003: The 12th Annual 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike race was held June 28-29, 2003 at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The challenging race drew 179 teams, and DCSki was on hand to cover the event. Learn about the grueling race in this detailed firsthand report. (2 reader comments)
Racers Face a Lonely, Foggy Night at 24 Hours of Snowshoe
June 29, 2003: As the sun set on West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort Saturday night, a fog rolled in, bringing with it a cool breeze. Racers competing in the 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike race turned on their lights as they cruised into the ninth hour of the race. View a selection of photos from Saturday night. (1 reader comment)
Kids Battle in 24 Minutes of Snowshoe
June 29, 2003: While adult teams tackled mud, steep climbs, and slippery tree roots in the 24 Hours of Snowshoe endurance race, kids were presented with their own mountain bike race: the 24 Minutes of Snowshoe.
The Taste of Victory
June 29, 2003: View a selection of results and award ceremony photos from the 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike race.
Early Scenes from 24 Hours of Snowshoe
June 28, 2003: The 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike race began on Saturday, June 28, 2003. This article contains a selection of photos from the first three hours of the event.
Mountain Biking in Gear at Local Resorts
June 16, 2003: Riders from across the region and country will find no shortage of mountain biking events at Mid-Atlantic resorts this summer. DCSki provides a look at some events scheduled at Wisp, Snowshoe, Blue Knob, Canaan Valley, and Sugar Mountain.
Local Company to Offer Fractional Ownership in Condos at Snowshoe
June 3, 2003: The real estate market at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort continues to be robust. With the cost of new condos now climbing above $300,000 at the resort, a local company has started offering fractional ownership to lower the cost of entry to Snowshoe’s burgeoning real estate market. (3 reader comments)
May 20, 2003: Wisp to add new chairlifts over summer; Snowshoe to host National Trails Day June 7.
May 7, 2003: Snow tubing in the summer; snow dome development targeted; NPS to limit weekday traffic at Rock Creek National Park; Snowshoe Raven Golf Club opens; Wisp appoints new General Manager.
A Home on the Slopes: Mid-Atlantic Real Estate, Spring 2003
May 6, 2003: Purchasing real estate at a ski resort isn’t always a wise investment, but DCSki Columnist analyzes three hot resorts in the Mid-Atlantic where the value of homes has been appreciating rapidly. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Weekend Snowstorm at Snowshoe
April 2, 2003: DCSki Reader Roy Stevenson was at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend, where he was able to watch brown snow turn white compliments of the unexpected 18-inch snowstorm. He filed this firsthand report. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
April 2, 2003: DCSki reader Jarrett Baker spent most of the season reading ski trip reports from his home in snowless Florida, but made a 20-hour trek to Snowshoe to get in some spring skiing. He provides this firsthand report from his visit in late March. (4 reader comments)
Discounts Abound at Area Resorts
March 13, 2003: It’s March, and many resorts in the region still have 100% of their terrain open with healthy bases. And that’s good. Even better? Resorts are offering the best prices of the season, in some cases offering free lift tickets. Find out more.
March 10, 2003: Snow conditions remain ideal at local resorts. As temperatures begin to slowly rise, prices are dropping at area resorts, with lots of festivals providing fun for the whole family.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
March 5, 2003: DCSki Reader John Bell recently went snowboarding at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort for the first time, and provides this firsthand report.
(10 reader comments)
Firsthand Report, Part 2: Snowshoe
March 1, 2003: Scott spent the weekend at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and wraps up his Firsthand Report in Part 2. This report dives into great detail in a number of areas, including Snowshoe’s Sunrise Backcountry Hut, Grooming the Slopes, Of Trees and Squirrels (and Salamanders), and Snowshoe TV. (7 reader comments)
Firsthand Report, Part 1: Snowshoe
February 28, 2003: DCSki’s Editor is enjoying a trip to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and checks in with part one of a two-part Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
February 14, 2003: The snow keeps piling up at local resorts, with more snow on the way this weekend. Snowshoe Mountain Resort has only had temperatures stay above freezing for six nights since Nov. 16. Canaan Valley is planning an upcoming Wild Thing Weekend, while Wisp Resort is organizing its upcoming Winterblast Celebration. Find out more in this update.
Snowshoe Weekend - More of the White Stuff
January 18, 2003: DCSki Columnist Lou Botta recently spent a weekend at Snowshoe, and describes the conditions, along with some tips for getting to the slopes.
(3 reader comments)
January 9, 2003: DCSki’s Editor provides an update on local conditions, and explains what he was doing Wednesday morning instead of skiing. (If he wasn’t so bitter about it, he’d make a terrible pun here, but he’s just too… tired.) (4 reader comments)
January 3, 2003: DCSki’s Editor reflects on the start of the ski season.
(2 reader comments)
December 24, 2002: AvalancheXpress tubing area to open; Savage River Lodge offers XC skiing; Winter Trails 2003 celebrates snowshoeing; Intrawest to operate Winter Park Resort.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe (Dec. 14 & 15)
December 17, 2002: A year ago this past weekend, it was 64 degrees at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. DCSki Columnist John Phillips discovered the difference a year can make while visiting Snowshoe this past weekend. He checks in with a trip report, describing the fresh snow and bluebird day on Sunday. (7 reader comments)
Local Resorts Slide into Great Early Season
December 9, 2002: The calendar may say it’s only December 9, but the conditions at Mid-Atlantic ski resorts are in mid-season form. And a good mid-season, at that. Find out the latest in this article. (1 reader comment)
Cold, Snow Prime Great Season Start
December 5, 2002: Round-the-clocking snowmaking this week has been followed up by a winter storm that is dumping up to a foot of snow on Mid-Atlantic resorts. All but a handful of resorts will be open by this weekend, with the best early-season conditions in many years. Find out more in our complete summary.
December 1, 2002: Breaking from the tradition set by recent warm winters, it’s now the beginning of December, and it’s cold. Cold enough for many resorts to snag opening dates, and for snowmaking to continue in earnest over the next week. Find out which Mid-Atlantic resorts are open, and what’s in store for the next few days. (1 reader comment)
New Snowshoe Access Road Opens
November 23, 2002: Getting to Snowshoe Mountain Resort just got easier, with the opening of a new access road that promises to shave 30 minutes off the trip for many visitors.
(2 reader comments)
Snowshoe Receives 7 Inches of Snow
November 23, 2002: Snow fell across parts of western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and at high elevations in West Virginia over the past 24 hours. View a photo gallery from Snowshoe Mountain Resort, which received 7 inches of natural and is making snow aggressively in preparation for its opening Nov. 27.
Snowshoe Pushes Back Opening Date
November 19, 2002: Snowshoe Mountain Resort has pushed back its opening date to Wednesday, Nov. 27, in order to offer better opening day conditions. (1 reader comment)
North American Ski Season Opens with a Roar
November 14, 2002: The snow is falling fast and furiously out west, while cold temperatures allow the snowguns to fly in the east. Find out what effect the favorable weather is having on resorts from west to east, and view a gallery of photos. (1 reader comment)
Snowshoe Gets Head Start on Snowmaking
November 2, 2002: On Friday morning, Snowshoe Mountain Resort became the first resort in the southeast region to launch snowmaking operations. The guns continue to fly, building up a strong base in anticipation of a Nov. 22 opening date. Find out more and view a gallery of some of the first snowmaking photos of the season. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2002: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
September 7, 2002: A new access road to Snowshoe could shave off 30 minutes from the trip for D.C. area visitors. Snowshoe will also be offering a “free Wednesdays” promotion throughout the season. (11 reader comments)
24 Hours of Snowshoe: Firsthand Report
July 1, 2002: DCSki’s Editor spent the weekend covering the 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike race. In this firsthand report, he provides a detailed description of the race. Find out what motivates experts and novices alike to race around the clock on a challenging course that tests body and mind. (5 reader comments)
Scenes from Snowshoe: Snapshots from 24 Hours of Snowshoe
June 29, 2002: The 24 Hours of Snowshoe mountain bike relay race is underway as this article goes to press. Check out some photographs from the openings hours of the event. (Page may take awhile to load with slower net connections.)
NORBA Championship Series Arrives at Snowshoe
June 19, 2002: Over 3,000 competitors will head to Snowshoe Mountain Resort June 20-23 to participate in the National Off Road Biking Association’s (NORBA) championship series event. Snowshoe’s Appalachian Uprising Mountain Bike and Music Festival will be held in conjunction with the event. Find out more.
Gearing Up for 24 Hours of Snowshoe
June 17, 2002: There aren’t many races like it in the world. On June 29, mountain bikers from across the country will converge on West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort to participate in a 24-hour relay race. DCSki/DCBike will be on hand to cover the event; in the meantime, check out this preview.
A Home on the Slopes: Ski Real Estate in the Mid-Atlantic
May 13, 2002: John Sherwood explores the pros and cons of owning your own home at a ski resort, and provides a glimpse at several resorts in the region offering real estate. (7 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe (April 6)
April 14, 2002: John Sherwood couldn’t resist one last chance to ski this season, and took Snowshoe up on their offer of free skiing for their closing weekend. Several inches of snow greeted skiers and boarders at Snowshoe on its last weekend, April 6-7. Find out more in John’s firsthand report.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
March 22, 2002: Jarrett Baker made the trek from Florida to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort last weekend, and checks in with a firsthand report. (3 reader comments)
February 18, 2002: Canaan Valley plans “Wild Thing Weekend” for Feb. 22-24; Snowshoe receives more natural snow and offers to accept season passes from other resorts.
February 7, 2002: Guest columnist Matthew Graham provides an engaging description of his adventure snowshoeing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Matthew and his wife hiked deep into the winter wilderness to spend a night at Snowshoe’s Backcountry Hut. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
February 4, 2002: DCSki Columnist John Phillips spent the weekend of Jan. 26 skiing at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and files this firsthand report. (5 reader comments)
The Toughest Slope in the Mid-Atlantic
January 30, 2002: Jim Kenney surveys some of the toughest slopes in the Mid-Atlantic, singling out his picks for Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and southern PA. He invites you to comment on his choices. (14 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
January 22, 2002: John Sherwood spent Sunday skiing the slopes of Snowshoe, and files this firsthand report. (2 reader comments)
More Resorts Launch Season
December 26, 2001: A sprinkling of resort openings over the past weekend has turned into a torrent, as most major ski resorts in the region have now kicked off their season. Find out which resorts are open and view our latest photo gallery. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
December 25, 2001: DCSki’s John Sherwood was at Snowshoe for opening day, and checks in with a detailed firsthand report and some photos. (4 reader comments)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Begins
December 22, 2001: Several Mid-Atlantic resorts opened on Saturday, and more openings are on the way as excellent snowmaking conditions continue. Find out the latest and view a photo gallery in this article.
Intrawest Discusses Snowshoe in Conference Call
December 20, 2001: Intrawest, parent corporation of West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, recently hosted a conference call describing Snowshoe and how resorts are being affected by the slow season start. DCSki Columnist John Sherwood participated in the call and provides this report.
Snowshoe Calls to Ullr for Snow
December 14, 2001: Seeking divine intervention, employees at Snowshoe Mountain Resort held a ceremony to praise Ullr, the famed Norse God of Snow. Their efforts may pay off - forecasters are predicting that winter may finally begin to arrive next week, giving resorts a chance to capture opening dates before the all-important holiday week. (14 reader comments)
November 29, 2001: Warm trend continues, delaying snowmaking efforts; Laurel Mountain offers prime viewing for Leonids meteor shower.
Snowshoe Resumes Snowmaking
November 20, 2001: A drop in temperatures on Tuesday allowed Snowshoe to resume snowmaking operations. Find out the latest status. (7 reader comments)
Warm Weather Delays Snowmaking
November 14, 2001: A stretch of warm temperatures has forced resorts in the region to re-evaluate opening dates; November opening dates are now seen as unlikely. (1 reader comment)
Snowshoe Fires Up the Guns
November 6, 2001: Snowshoe Mountain Resort began making snow Monday night, in preparation for a Nov. 21 opening date. See some photos of the snowmaking action. (3 reader comments)
What’s New for 2001: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 21, 2001: Visitors to Snowshoe will find a new aqua fun center this winter; meanwihle, construction on the upscale Allegheny Springs lodging facility continues.
Pictures from Snowshoe’s First Storm
October 17, 2001: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort received its first measurable snowfall of the season on Tuesday night, and provides several mountaintop photos. (1 reader comment)
October 5, 2001: Rounding out today’s news briefs: Ski Chalet plans Demo Days at three area resorts; Whitetail to host Great Outdoor Festival; and Fifth Annual Take Your Daughter to the Snow Week announced.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to Visit Snowshoe
August 17, 2001: Fine dining and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be highlights of the 11th annual Snowshoe Mountain Symphony Festival, to be held August 24-26 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Snowshoe to Host Benefit for Flood Victims
August 12, 2001: On Saturday, August 18, Snowshoe will host an outdoor concert benefit for flood victims of southern West Virginia. The day-long event will feature numerous artists and will be capped by a mountaintop fireworks display.
Snowshoe Seeks Volunteers for Summer Events Team
May 31, 2001: Snowshoe Mountain Resort is seeking volunteers to help out with 12 summer events. Volunteers will be rewarded with lift tickets and other perks.
10th Annual 24 Hours of Snowshoe
May 13, 2001: For 24 hours beginning Saturday, June 9, over 2,000 racers will participate in one of the world’s most celebrated mountain bike races at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. (3 reader comments)
Not Too Late to Hit Snowshoe!
March 25, 2001: Mid-Atlantic Winter Sports Guide author John Phillips spent the weekend of March 9 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and provides a detailed trip report. John found superb spring skiing at Snowshoe. In March alone, Snowshoe has received over four feet of snow. (3 reader comments)
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, as Good as it Gets
March 14, 2001: DCSki Columinst Jim Kenney loaded up his family and headed to Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend. The fact that Snowshoe had just received 22 inches of fresh powder was a happy coincidence. Read Jim’s complete trip report in this article. (5 reader comments)
March 4, 2001: Value Season begins at Canaan Valley Resort, with lift ticket prices dropping over 40%; Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Hawthorne Valley golf course will be renamed the Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Mountain.
Snowshoe Launches Next Phase of Residential Development
March 2, 2001: Buyers are already lined up to purchase upscale condominiums in Allegheny Springs, which will feature a health club, private courtyard, thermal pool and valet parking.
Take the Rails to Snowshoe
February 25, 2001: Amtrak and Snowshoe Mountain Resort are now offering an alternative rail-based adventure for getting to the slopes. (3 reader comments)
February 19, 2001: Roller coaster weather; Special Love brings families of children with cancer to Canaan Valley; Truth in advertising; Skier’s Edge machine provides off-slope workout for skiers.
February 7, 2001: Warm temps rear their ugly head; WHFSkimo Snow Job details announced; Teenager dies in accident at Snowshoe.
South for some Skiing
February 5, 2001: Northerners don’t often head south for skiing, but DCSki Contributor Matt Lees drove from north of Philly to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort to see what Pocahontas County skiing is all about. Find out more in Matt’s trip report.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
January 29, 2001: DCSki’s Editor spent the weekend at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort and provides a detailed firsthand report. (3 reader comments)
Skiing Close to Perfection This Week
December 26, 2000: You’d be hard-pressed to find anything to complain about with respect to current ski conditions. Find out what to expect on the slopes.
Snowshoe Reaches 100%
December 19, 2000: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort became the first resort in the region to open 100% of its terrain on Tuesday - 57 trails with a base depth of 4-5 feet. Find out more in this article. (1 reader comment)
December 19, 2000: Wisp to change hands; Local resorts benefitting from low temps, snow
Ruminations of a Long-Time D.C. Area Skier: Part 2 of 3
December 18, 2000: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney continues his reflections of over 30 years of skiing in a second installment. (6 reader comments)
Condition Update: Great Weekend On Tap
December 7, 2000: This weekend is shaping up to be a great one for skiers and boarders, with most resorts in the region opening. Some resorts already have mid-season conditions. Get the latest roundup in this article.
Ruminations of a Long-Time D.C. Area Skier: Part 1 of 3
December 6, 2000: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney reflects on over 30 years of skiing in the Washington, D.C. area. (6 reader comments)
Cold Weather On Tap for Remainder of Week; Snowguns Out in Force
December 3, 2000: After a brief hiatus, cold weather is back and will stick around. Area resorts continue their record-breaking start to the season, taking advantage of the cold for a full-fledged snowmaking assault. (1 reader comment)
Snowshoe Comes Off Blockbuster Thanksgiving Holiday with 31 Open Trails
November 27, 2000: Snowshoe had a great Thanksgiving, and will enter December with over half of its terrain open - more open terrain than any prior November.
Condition Update: Latest Resort Opening Details
November 22, 2000: It’s opening day for several resorts in the Mid-Atlantic, and on top of great snowmaking temperatures, Mother Nature has added 6-8 inches of fresh powder. Find out what resorts are opening today and which ones are shooting for an opening just after Thanksgiving. (4 reader comments)
“Ski Chalet Day” Set at Snowshoe
November 21, 2000: Ski Chalet Day will be held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on December 8, offering $10 lift tickets, equipment demos, and the chance to ski or board with pro athletes.
Condition Update: Several Resorts to Open Later This Week
November 20, 2000: Thanks to cold temperatures, several resorts in the region will claim opening dates by the end of this week. Find out the status of snowmaking at area resorts and expected opening dates in this update, and see a picture gallery. (2 reader comments)
November 18, 2000: Liberty Mountain Resort is looking for new instructors, Snowshoe plans to open a day early, and a Colorado skier is found guilty of criminally negligent homicide by colliding with another skier. Find out more.
Favorable Conditions Nationwide Point to Great Early-season Skiing
November 15, 2000: With chilly temperatures stretching across the nation, Colorado resorts are opening with mid-season conditions and local resorts are firing up the snowguns. Find out the latest and see a picture gallery in this article.
Cold Temperatures are On the Way
November 13, 2000: Getting anxious to ski? Local resorts are getting anxious to make snow, and a blast of cold air next week should make snowmaking a reality. Update: Snowshoe pushes back opening day to Thanksgiving Day to allow snowmakers more time to work their magic. (7 reader comments)
Mild Temperatures May Threaten Early Opening Dates
November 8, 2000: Some Mid-Atlantic resorts still have their eye on a late-November opening date, but cold temperatures have been slow to arrive. Meanwhile, Colorado resorts have received several feet of early-season snow.
Winter is On its Way
October 9, 2000: A blast of arctic air has brought some natural snow and snowmaking opportunities to resorts across the east coast.
Snowshoe Invests Another $10 Million in Improvements
August 21, 2000: There’s plenty of new at Snowshoe this winter: new lodging, new restaurants, a new slope, new rental equipment, and more. Learn all the details of Snowshoe’s latest enhancements in this article.
Sneak Peek: Local Resorts Plan Improvements for 2000-2001 Ski Season
July 24, 2000: Find out what changes Seven Springs, Snowshoe, and Whitetail have in store for skiers and boarders this winter. (3 reader comments)
Chili Weekend on Tap for Snowshoe
July 10, 2000: The Fire on the Mountain Chili Cookoff will return to Snowshoe on Saturday, July 15. The event-filled weekend will include fireworks, a craft show, and music. (1 reader comment)
July 2, 2000: Whitetail announces capital improvements; Snowshoe announces new General Manager; trend in cheaper season pass prices continues. (2 reader comments)
Local Ski Instructor Gains Celebrity Status
June 30, 2000: Pete Moran, a ski instructor at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, was just included in People Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Eligible Bachelors.
“Toyota 24 Hours of Snowshoe” Brings Thousands of Mountain Bikers to Snowshoe
June 11, 2000: Over 2,500 mountain bike racers converged on West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort June 10-11 to participate in the “Toyota 24 Hours of Snowshoe” race, one of the largest mountain biking events on the east coast.
It’s Not Too Late to Snowboard Locally — Seriously
May 17, 2000: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has been saving a 35-foot high mound of snow. On May 27, Snowshoe will use this snow for the resort’s first summer halfpipe competition. Other activities such as fireworks are also planned for the Memorial Day Weekend at the resort.
Snowshoe Mountain Biking Season Kicks Off
May 6, 2000: This morning, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort launched its mountain biking season by opening over 125 miles of trails. The resort is busy preparing for “The Toyota 24 Hours of Snowshoe” race, which is expected to draw hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators on June 10-11.
March 5, 2000: Continued warm weather begins to claim casualties; Whitetail closed for the season on Sunday, although other area resorts continue to battle on. Thanks to 100 hours of snowmaking over the past week, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort plans to stay open until April 9. In the meantime, a lack of springtime visitors - and not warmer temperatures - may be the biggest reason for area resorts to end their season.
Mid-winter Thaw Continues
February 27, 2000: As if the past week wasn’t bad enough, the next week is calling for continued mild temperatures. Despite the balmy weather, area resorts are surviving and continue to offer skiing and boarding on most terrain. Expect spring-like conditions with some bare spots.
February 16, 2000: In today’s News Briefs: Plenty of snow at area resorts; HFSkimo Snow Job hits Liberty Feb. 25; Vermont digging out of snow.
Venturing Beyond the Slopes at Snowshoe
January 28, 2000: Snowshoe’s new Outdoor Adventure Program is in full gear, offering snowmobile rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and overnight stays at a rustic backcountry cabin.
Firsthand Account: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
January 27, 2000: A DCSki reader spent the weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort and provides a candid trip report.
January 26, 2000: As people dig out of yesterday’s storm, local resorts are reporting the best conditions in years. Some resorts missed the storm entirely, while others picked up a foot of snow. With the natural snow and continued cold temperatures, resorts are able to use terms they haven’t used in several years: 100% open terrain and powder/packed powder conditions. Learn more about local conditions in this article.
Let it Snow
January 20, 2000: Continued cold temperatures and a few inches of natural snow are resulting in the best ski conditions in recent memory. A summary of conditions at local resorts is provided, as well as a look at the extended forecast.
An Evening at Eli’s
January 19, 2000: Guest author (and Food Critic) Sean Oser provides a detailed review of Eli’s Tavern, Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s new flaghip restaurant.
January 17, 2000: Mid-Atlantic conditions keep getting better; Snowshoe breaks new records; Hunter Mountain base depth reaches triple digits; and Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail will give you two extra hours this week - if you know the Code.
Area Resorts Welcome Cold Temperatures
January 15, 2000: Local resorts are offering the best conditions of the season so far. This article provides a summary of what you can expect at many resorts in the region.
A Trip to Snowshoe
January 11, 2000: Live, via satellite: DCSki’s Editor checks in with a mid-trip report for Snowshoe Mountain Resort, reporting on the great conditions and some of the recent improvements made to the resort.
January 7, 2000: Snowmaking has returned at area resorts, and conditions have improved rapidly this week, resulting in good skiing and boarding for the weekend. This article contains condition reports for a selection of area resorts.
Wild, Wacky Weather
January 5, 2000: It’s been a yin-yang kind of week: hot temperatures and rain followed by cold temperatures and, with luck, snow. Find out how area resorts are coping and what’s in store for the rest of the week.
January 2, 2000: The January “thaw”; ski on the cheap in New England; Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day; and the Bell Atlantic Luge Challenge round out today’s news briefs.
Ski Conditions Continue to Improve
December 29, 1999: Packed powder: that’s what you’ll find at area resorts right now. Snowmaking should continue over the next couple days, allowing ski areas to expand their trail count and strengthen base depths. This article summarizes conditions at many local resorts.
December 22, 1999: DCSki provides a quick roundup of improving conditions at area resorts.
December 20, 1999: Warmer weather and rain delay snowmaking, relief expected midweek; Canaan Valley plans wealth of holiday activities.
Snowgun-loving Weather Returns
December 17, 1999: The next few days will present great snowmaking temperatures - resulting in additional resort openings and expanded terrain at resorts already open.
December 12, 1999: Patrol openings at Whitetail; Victoria Jealouse visits Snowshoe for Burton Snowboards 2000 Women’s Demo Tour, while trail count expands.
Rain Stresses Recently-opened Resorts
December 6, 1999: Milder temperatures this week are delaying snowmaking, shutting down some resorts, and transforming conditions to loose granular at area resorts.
Openings, We’ve Got Openings..
December 3, 1999: Skiers and snowboarders, start your engines: A handful of resorts will launch the 1999-2000 winter season this morning or this weekend. Get the latest details in this article.
Snowmaking Begins in Earnest
December 1, 1999: Last night, resorts throughout the region took advantage of low temperatures to make snow.
Cold Returns; Resorts Eye Opening Dates
November 29, 1999: A blast of arctic air will be the missing snowmaking ingredient for many local resorts. Check out the latest predicted opening dates for many area resorts.
November 27, 1999: Snowshoe expands trail count while awaiting return of colder temps; Canaan Valley delays opening; shared season pass and Advantage Card benefits at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail
All Systems Go for Snowshoe Opening
November 17, 1999: Snowshoe today announced that it will officially open for the season this Friday.
More East Coast Resorts Edge Towards Opening
November 15, 1999: The ski season is fast approaching. Hunter Mountain is already open, and Camelback and Snowshoe are busy making snow.
East Coast Resorts Begin Opening
November 9, 1999: It’s not too early to ski: head north, to Vermont’s Killington and Okemo, or head west for some early season skiing and boarding.
Snowshoe at the Starting Gate
November 4, 1999: With solid snowmaking under its belt, Snowshoe is set to open in two short weeks. See how snowmaking has transformed the mountain with six photos taken Thursday morning.
More Snow at Snowshoe
November 3, 1999: Overnight, four inches of new snow fell on West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Colder temperatures allowed snowmaking to resume.
Snow Flies at Snowshoe
October 24, 1999: This past weekend, Snowshoe began snowmaking and received 5 inches of natural snow. Find out more (and see the pictures) in this article.
Snowmaking to Begin Saturday at Snowshoe
October 20, 1999: Snowshoe plans to fire up the snowguns on Saturday, and Mother Nature may add 4-6 inches of natural snow.
September 29, 1999: In today’s news briefs: Whitetail sale is completed, Snowshoe offers “Four Pack” season pass special, and Blue Knob sponsors its annual Oktoberfest this weekend.
Camelback, Snowshoe Voted as Among “Best in East”
September 28, 1999: Readers of Ski Magazine have placed local resorts Camelback and Snowshoe in the East’s Top 20.
Intrawest Continues Investments in Snowshoe
September 19, 1999: Another summer, another $20 million invested in West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain resort. Read all about the recent improvements.
Fireworks Highlight Labor Day Festivities at Snowshoe Mountain
September 1, 1999: A cookout, live entertainment, and a free fireworks display will highlight activities at Snowshoe Mountain Resort this holiday weekend.
Snowshoe Sounds Good This Weekend
August 16, 1999: The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be visiting Snowshoe Mountain Resort from August 20-22, keynoting a weekend of gourmet food and entertainment.
Want to Cool Off? Head West, to Pocahontas County
August 1, 1999: Recreational opportunities abound at West Virginia’s Pocahontas County; this article focuses on a few, including mountain biking, train riding, camping, and listening to radio waves from outer space.
Snowshoe Plans Busy July 4th
June 30, 1999: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort will offer an all-American cookout Saturday, capped off by a mountaintop fireworks display.
DCSki Summer Guide to Local Resorts
June 19, 1999: Who says ski resorts shut down in the summer? The DCSki Summer Guide details some of the many summertime activities offered at area resorts, from mountain biking to golf to orienteering classes.
Snowshoe Expands Summer Offerings
June 16, 1999: Scenic chairlift rides and a new Outdoor Adventure Program highlight new activities offered at the West Virginia resort this summer.
Newest Snowshoe Development Draws $7 Million in 7 Hours
May 16, 1999: Half of the 77 slopeside residential units at the Highland House sold this weekend.
Snowshoe Mountain Biking Season Begins
May 1, 1999: The West Virginia resort opened its 125-mile mountain trail network today.
Snowshoe Looks to Summer Activities
April 18, 1999: The Hawthorne Valley golf course has opened, and mountain biking will follow with a May 1st opening.
News in Brief
April 8, 1999: Snowshoe will officially ends its ski season this Sunday; meanwhile, Whitetail may have found a new buyer.
Snowshoe Keeps On Ticking
April 3, 1999: With a base depth of 50-100 inches remaining, Snowshoe Mountain Resort sees no reason to end the season just yet.
One by One, Resorts Conclude Their Season
March 27, 1999: A flood of local resorts will end their season on Sunday afternoon, but some will stay open into April.
Skiing in West Virginia?! A New Englander’s Firsthand Account
March 25, 1999: A New England skier makes the trek to West Virginia for a ski trip, and discovers conditions worth writing home about.
Ski Season Keeps Humming
March 22, 1999: Some resorts will close this weekend, but you’ll still be able to find some great spring skiing into April.
Snowshoe’s 25th Anniversary Weekend: A Firsthand Account
March 22, 1999: DCSki’s Editor had a blast at Snowshoe Mountain Resort this past weekend. Learn more in this Firsthand Account.
Local Resorts Hammered by Snow
March 15, 1999: Heavy snow fell on local resorts, and many are waking up to a foot of powder.
National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning
March 13, 1999: A wintry mix is headed to the region on Sunday, and is expected to bring more natural snowfall to area resorts.
Snow Piles Up at Local Resorts
March 10, 1999: Want to see the best conditions in 3 years? Get thee to the slopes!
March Offers Best Conditions of the Season
March 8, 1999: Ignore what the calendar says - unbeatable conditions are currently being offered at local resorts.
Weekend Skiing Update
March 4, 1999: Today’s storm dropped up to 20” of new snow at area resorts, paving the way for a great weekend of skiing or boarding.
Snowshoe Receives a Foot of Powder
March 1, 1999: The rain changed over to snow Sunday evening for some of the western ski resorts, with up to a foot of accumulation.
Ideal Conditions will Greet Skiers this Weekend
February 26, 1999: Solid coverage, packed powder, and deep bases - a week of snowmaking can really make a difference. (1 reader comment)
Weekend Skiing Update
February 19, 1999: Great news! Cold temperatures have arrived and are here to stay. The best conditions of the season may occur over the next week.
Resorts Get Cold Weather Reprieve
February 14, 1999: Several days of cold temperatures have allowed local resorts to make up some lost base.
Brace Yourself for a Warm Spell
February 7, 1999: If you like skiing, you should sit down before looking at the 5-day forecast.
Weekend Skiing Update
February 5, 1999: DCSki provides a glimpse of what conditions to expect this weekend.
Warm Trend Continues
January 25, 1999: Most resorts weathered the rain pretty well; cold temperatures should return by the weekend.
Students Get Break at Snowshoe
January 18, 1999: Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers a special discount program for students in West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort Opens Backcountry Snowshoe Trail Network
January 12, 1999: With a name like Snowshoe Mountain Resort, it was only a matter of time before snowshoeing was offered as an additional wintertime activity.
Complete Condition Roundup
December 31, 1998: Find out what conditions will be like at all area resorts this weekend.
Local Resorts Off to Good Start; Cold Returns Wednesday
December 28, 1998: Frigid temperatures will return by Wednesday, allowing local resorts to expand open terrain in time for the weekend.
Cold Temperatures, Snow Bring Resort Openings
December 23, 1998: By the end of this weekend, every local ski resort should be open, thanks to snowmaking and some natural snow.
Winter Solstice Brings Frigid Temperatures; Area Resorts Plan Snowmaking Assault
December 21, 1998: The snowguns will be firing around the clock later this week as temperatures stay below freezing.
Snowshoe Expands Open Terrain
December 21, 1998: Snowmaking and some natural snow have allowed Snowshoe to open 18 trails; more openings are on the way.
Grabs Those Skis and Boards! Snowmaking Begins in Earnest at Area Resorts
December 15, 1998: Breaking news! Most area resorts made snow last night; some are hoping to open by the weekend or shortly thereafter.
Snowshoe Re-opens; Other Resorts Ready to Make Snow
December 13, 1998: Snowshoe has re-opened after successful snowmaking; other resorts take a “wait and see” attitude
Winter Makes a Comeback
December 9, 1998: With highs dropping to the upper forties, it’s starting to feel less like spring and more like.. well, fall, at least.
Snowshoe’s Slopes Melt; Mountain Biking, Golf Still on Track
December 4, 1998: There won’t be skiing at Snowshoe this weekend after all, but mountain biking and golf will be open.
Snowshoe to Offer Skiing, Golf, Mountain Biking This Weekend
December 2, 1998: Snowshoe finds a silver lining in the recent stretch of warm temperatures.
Warm Weather Delays Resort Openings
November 27, 1998: High temperatures may reach 70 Monday, and that doesn’t bode well for early-season skiing.
Snowshoe Glides into 25th Season
November 25, 1998: Snowshoe’s 1998/99 season began today, with skiing and boarding on 7 slopes.
Warm Weather Pushes Back Snowshoe Opening
November 16, 1998: Snowshoe had hoped to open this Friday, but warm temperatures have delayed the opening until sometime next week.
Snowshoe Shoots for Nov. 20 Opening
November 10, 1998: Mother Nature permitting, Snowshoe will start opening its slopes on Friday, November 20.
Snow Falls at Snowshoe
October 22, 1998: Winter is coming: Snowshoe received 2” of natural snow overnight.
Special Feature: The Sounds of Snowshoe
August 27, 1998: Snowshoe is investing tens of millions of dollars this summer in resort improvements. Find out more in this DCSki Feature Article.
Planting the Seeds of the Future: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Installation of Snowshoe’s New High-Speed Quad
August 27, 1998: DCSki was on hand to witness the helicopter-assisted installation of the Western Express, Snowshoe’s new high-speed quad serving Cupp Run and newly cleared Shay’s Revenge.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort Voted Best Ski Resort in Region
June 16, 1998: Readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine have voted Snowshoe Mountain Resort as the Best Ski Resort in the region
Snowshoe Mountain Biking Starts May 2
April 25, 1998: Mountain bikers will flock to Snowshoe starting May 2, when the resort opens its extensive trail network.
Want to Go Skiing? Better Hurry.
March 30, 1998: It’s not too late to go skiing: Snowshoe will remain open through Sunday.
March 22, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
DCSki Feature: The Renaissance of Snowshoe
March 17, 1998: Intrawest has big plans for West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Learn all about them in this DCSki Feature article.
March 10, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
March 6, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
March 2, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
Mother Nature Smiles on (some) Area Ski Resorts
February 24, 1998: Several resorts in the area received new snow from the current storm, while rain fell most other places.
February 20, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
February 16, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
February 13, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
February 9, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
February 6, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
Snowshoe Braces for More Snow; Rain Expected for D.C.
February 4, 1998: Snowshoe has received 127 inches of natural snow this season, and is about to get more. Closer to home, count on more rain.
February 2, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
Over 22 Inches of Snow Falls on Snowshoe
January 28, 1998: While the D.C. area received rain, Snowshoe Mountain Resort received snow - and a lot of it.
January 26, 1998: DCSki updates conditions at area resorts.
DCSki Feature: Shattering Limitations: Skiing with Disabilities
January 21, 1998: New technologies and attitudes are now allowing people with a wide range of disabilities to enjoy the sport of skiing.
Area Conditions Improve
January 17, 1998: Helped in no small way by the cold temperatures, conditions at area resorts are rapidly improving. All local ski areas have been aggressively making snow in anticipation of the three-day weekend.
West Virginia Ski Resorts Prepare for Three-Day Weekend
January 15, 1998: With the popular three-day weekend approaching, ski areas in West Virginia are firing the snow guns so visitors will find suprisingly good conditions, even in light of the recent warm weather.
Mercury Returns to Seasonal Levels
January 14, 1998: The weather today feels more like January. That’s a huge relief for area ski resorts, who are now busily pumping artificial snow onto their slopes in preparation for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe
January 12, 1998: A DCSki reader provides a firsthand report after visiting Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
January 12, 1998: The recent stretch of warm weather has shut down many local ski areas, but colder temperatures are slowly returning.
Warm Weather Closes Liberty; Whitetail Hours Scaled Back
January 7, 1998: Mother Nature has a strange sense of humor. The recent stretch of warm temperatures has begun to take its toll on area resorts.
Area Resorts Expand Open Terrain
January 1, 1998: Cold temperatures and the recent snowstorm have allowed area ski resorts to open additional terrain.
Snowshoe Receives Over 33 Inches of Snow
December 31, 1997: The recent snowstorm delivered over 33” of snow to Snowshoe’s slopes, allowing Snowshoe to open all of Cupp Run.
West Virginia Welcomes Storm
December 30, 1997: The state of West Virginia welcomed the recent snow storm with open arms, knowing it would help to boost skier and snowboarder traffic at resorts such as Canaan Valley, the Elk River and White Grass Touring Centers, Timberline, Snowshoe, and Winterplace.
December 30, 1997: So, how’d they do? With light snow still falling on Tuesday morning, area resorts have begun to shovel their way out of the first significant snowstorm in the D.C. area.
Snowshoe, Wisp Brace for Heavy Snow
December 29, 1997: The current winter storm may bring little more than rain and slush to the D.C. area, but our neighbors to the west and north are bracing for a major “snow event.”
December 26, 1997: Warmer temperatures during this holiday week have prevented area resorts from making snow, but they’ve been able to hold on. Colder temperatures are forecast for this weekend, and several resorts hope to resume snowmaking starting tonight.
Firsthand Account: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
December 14, 1997: DCSki’s Editor spent the weekend skiing at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and filed this Firsthand Account.
December 7, 1997: Natural snowfall and ideal snowmaking temperatures have been good news for area resorts over the weekend.
Snow is Falling at Wisp, Snowshoe
December 5, 1997: Good news! Snow is currently falling at Wisp Four Seasons Resort and Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Silver Creek to Open Thanksgiving
November 25, 1997: West Virginia’s Silver Creek ski area will open this Thursday for the 1997-98 ski and snowboarding season, its earliest opening date on record.
Seven Springs, Snowshoe to Open Friday
November 17, 1997: Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Mountain Resort and West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort both plan to kick off the 1997-98 winter season this Friday, November 21.
Snowshoe Enhances Snowmaking
November 16, 1997: West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has spent $4 million during the past year to increase snowmaking capacity. As this article goes to press, the snow guns are firing as Snowshoe prepares for a November 21 opening.
Snow in Forecast?
November 12, 1997: We don’t like to carelessly use the “S” word here at DCSki, but it appears the first snowflakes may fall in the area starting around Friday.
Snowshoe Pumps $12 Million into Resort Enhancements
October 20, 1997: Snowshoe Ski Resort has undergone some major changes for the upcoming ski season. $12 million has been spent on improvements at Snowshoe mountain and the nearby Silver Creek ski area, which is owned by Snowshoe.