Normally during the middle of January we are ramping up toward the peak of ski season which usually occurs during the middle of February. This year there is going to have to be a steep ramp to get to that peak. A very impressive January thaw is hitting many of the region’s resorts and some of them quite hard. First the good. Snowshoe, WV at 4,800 feet is slushy but has great slope variety and is still 96% open. The resorts in Western New York had more natural snow this year so far and are doing better too. Thin spots are showing up in a lot of the resorts in Pennsylvania.
As for the weather it too will be very spring-like this weekend. Saturday will actually be the better of the two days. Despite a good deal of clouds and perhaps some drizzle it will be mild at most resorts so you will not need the extra layers. Sunday’s weather will really depend on where you are going to ski. Rain will develop fairly early for the West Virginia resorts, in the afternoon for Pennsylvania and New York should have a nice day on the slopes.