[R510R, Wisp Resort] in Maryland and [R407R, Snowshoe Resort] in West Virginia are vying for "most snow of the season" honors and Wisp is winning at the moment with 240 inches accumulated by the end of February. Snowshoe is just ahead of Canaan Valley with 225 inches. All three expect March to be one of the best on record. Record snowfalls in February forced a postponement for one event but the cross country skiing and snowshoe trails are in excellent shape. They are natural snow dependent at both resorts.

Snowshoe postponed its West Virginia Open from Feb. 27 to March 13. Cash prizes ($500) are on the line along with opportunities to win a Ride snowboard, Head skis, and 2010-11 season pass. Wisp's Three Jump Jackpot is the same day. The race starts at 11 a.m. with registration set for 10 a.m. Cash prizes also are offered for the bump and jump competition on Squirrel Cage.

Conditions at Wisp and Snowshoe for cross country skiing and snowshoeing have been excellent all season. Wisp's Introduction to Nordic package costs $35 for a lesson, trail fee, and a half-day rental. The Nordic center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and features access to 50 kilometers of terrain. Trail fees are $10 midweek and $15 on weekends. Rentals start at $20 for two hours.

Snowshoe's cross country skiing and snowshoe trails wind through the Pocahontas County Highlands offering panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the resort. Snowshoe rentals are $29.

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