"We are in great shape for skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers as we wind down the season," says Terry Pfeiffer, president of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and president of Winterplace. "The temperatures may be mild in the metro areas, but everyone needs to understand there is still tons of snow on the slopes in the mountains."
Overnight temperatures in the low 20's through mid-March week have allowed the resorts to groom the slopes each night, in preparation for each day's skiing and riding.
West Virginia's ski areas enjoyed perfect winter conditions, and now are relishing perfect spring skiing conditions, Pfeiffer says.
The state's mountains received more than 15 feet of natural snow this season and temperatures for much of the winter were perfect for snowmaking operations. Since early December the mountain operation staffs at Canaan Valley, Oglebay, Snowshoe Mountain, Timberline, and Winterplace have kept nearly 100 percent of the state's trails open for the entire season.
"Skiers and snowboarders have come to rely on West Virginia ski resort to provide excellent conditions when weather conditions permit and this spring skiing season is going to be no exception," says Pfeiffer. "We still have a month of skiing, riding and tubing left and the conditions are fantastic."
The ski and snowboard season is expected, weather permitting, to last through the end of March and possibly into April.