A blizzard pounding Mid Atlantic resorts is being described as "historic" by meteorologists, and the "largest December storm ever" for the Washington D.C. area. The storm is dumping up to 24 inches of light, fluffy snow on resorts that just two weeks ago were starved for precipitation other than rain. Some have received more snow from the storm, and just about every resort from North Carolina to Pennsylvania is benefitting. Snow was falling today, Saturday, Dec. 19 at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour in some places. The storm has closed area airports and the Metro in D.C.
Resorts in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina were in the direct path of the storm, which started as torrential rain in Florida and is working its way up the coast.
Sugar Mountain reports up to 20 inches of new snow and a base of 50 to 76 inches. Wolf Ridge, near Ashville, received up to a foot of new snow and is operating 18 trails. Maryland's Wisp Resort got a similar amount and has opened 14 trails.
All 32 of Snowshoe's trails are open and 12 hours worth of skiing and riding is available at the resort's Silver Creek area including day and evening sessions. Oglebay, the last West Virginia holdout, opened Saturday. Winterplace Resort timed its planned Dec. 18 opening perfectly with 17 inches of fresh snow covering the mountain.
Virginia's Wintergreen Resort received 24 inches overnight Friday and another 6 to 12 inches fell on Saturday. The resort had to curtail some of its activities due to the intensity of the storm.
All resorts in Pennsylvania except Alpine Mountain and Mystic Mountain had opened by Saturday. Liberty, Whitetail, and Roundtop still have their $39 lift and lesson packages available through Dec. 23.
The region is enjoying some of the best pre-Christmas skiing and riding conditions in years.