It was the winter that wouldn’t start and now it’s the winter that just won’t stop.
Another late season storm blew through the Southeast over the weekend, dumping an unexpected amount of snow on much of the region. Old Man Winter refuses to go quietly into that good night, giving skiers and snowboarders another opportunity to hit the slopes through the end of March, and into April in some cases.
Here is the current status of some of the most popular resorts in the Blue Ridge:
Maryland’s Wisp Resort was the big winner of the weekend, receiving 10 inches of fresh on Sunday. They currently have a base of 29 inches with 22/32 slopes and 6/10 lifts running. Looks like they will be alternating terrain and grooming through the end of the season, but with a healthy base and more fresh on the way this week, Wisp could be open for a while to come.
Timberline Resort in West Virginia is fully open with 40 slopes in operation. They received 5 inches of snow during the lastest storm and will remain open until at least March 31. They are also offering $18 lift tickets to students with a valid student I.D.
Snowshoe had 8 inches on Sunday, making today a legitimate powder day at the region’s largest resort. They are also expecting another 4-6 inches over the next couple days and with snow in the forecast until Thursday, they are looking good. Silvercreek is closed, but the rest of the mountain is fully open including the Western Territories, and will remain so until March 31st.
Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort got about 4 inches overnight, which means they are extending their season. They will be closed mid-week, but will open for discounted day skiing on Saturday 3/30 and Saturday 4/6.
Four inches of snow and it’s still falling at Sugar; they are expecting another 6-10 by Wednesday. They will remain open through Sunday, March 31st.
North Carolina’s Cataloochee resort will remain open until Friday, March 29 for a record 148 days of skiing in 2012-13. They will be offering discounted lift tickets all week.