Ski resorts and their patrons really had it rough this year. The warmest February on record helped to melt off most of the usually strong base of snow. Some resorts were down to the bare minimum before this recent blast of cold and snow. Now the snow on its on really was not enough to make much of a difference, so resorts had to make the decision to make snow or just let the season go. As skiers and snowboarders we tend to think it’s a simple decision, just make the snow. Though there is a lot more to it. Snowmaking is expensive and frankly the number of people still thinking about hitting the slopes are down a good bit. Attendance was dwindling already with people thinking of other outdoor activities. Therefore, Wisp and Whitetail decided to close for the season. Tussey is going to make enough snow to open from 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Blue Knob is holding on with 4 trails and will be having exciting snowmobile races on Saturday. Laurel Mountain is having a winter carnival on Saturday. Other resorts are still doing quite well, especially Snowshoe with still over 50 trails open.
As for the weather, it’s going to be very nice for the weekend. It will be cold on Saturday but at least there will be a good deal of sunshine. Also, a cold day in March is a far cry from a cold day in January. Sunday will be milder with plenty of sunshine but the snow really shouldn’t get too mushy.
Therefore, if you want to, hit the slopes.