Presidents Week vacation is looking good across the mid-Atlantic region, at least in terms of trail conditions and snowfall so far this winter.
Now if the weather will just cooperate.
A sampling of areas shows all in readiness for the week ahead. Wisp in McHenry, Md., reports everything open. Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and Camelback in Pa. are in full operation. Ditto for Cataloochee and Appalachian Ski Mtn. in North Carolina, Massanutten in Virginia, and Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee.
This week is a highlight of the season for skiers, snowboarders, and areas alike.
It is far enough along in the season so that people are comfortable on their skis or boards. Newcomers to the sport have had every opportunity to acquire the skills needed to turn left and right and stop when and where they want. Oldtimers have reacquired a satisfying balance, and probably moved on to the next level in a lifelong process of enjoying the slopes.
Areas have worked out all the bugs in their operations - or never will.
Ski schools are humming, terrain park crews have got their act together, the base lodges are running smoothly, parking lot attendants have it down to a fine art.
Next month - March - things will slow down a little, focus will wander, thoughts will begin to turn to lawns and golf, but that's still in the future.
Carpe diem - seize the day.