Fresh Snow for the MidAtlantic, Arctic Snowmaking in the Northeast, Sunny in the Rockies and West

1/23/2014 10:49:34 AM

Skiers in West Virginia are enjoying some of the best powder skiing this winter with more than a foot of fresh snow at Snowshoe and Canaan Valley, The recent snow and cold weather has many mountains in the region skiing and riding on nearly 100% of their terrain with a deep base strong enough to last the entire season. Wisp in Maryland picked up 10 inches of fresh snow and ski areas in southern Pennsylvania like Liberty, Roundtop and Whitetail picked up 7 inches to go with plenty of cold snowmaking this week. It means a great weekend of skiing, riding and snowtubing on packed powder at these Mid Atlantic hot spots often frequented by DC and Baltimore skiers. Ski areas further north in the Poconos, New Jersey and Connecticut also received fresh snow from the latest storm that didn't quite reach the big northern resorts.

Ski areas in the Northeast have their snowmaking at maximum output with arctic cold for the remainder of the week. Some of these mountains did pick up a foot of fresh snow since last weekend like Stowe and Smugglers' Notch, Vermont. Conditions have improved considerably since last week's challenging weather and northern ski areas have added trails. The arctic cold eases up for a day over the weekend but still lingers.

Midwestern mountains have seen cold snowy weeks every week since December and this week is no different. Virtually every resort in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota maintains premium groomed packed powder conditions with the consistent cold weather with steaks of powder skiing every time fresh snow moves through. Northern Michigan may enjoy some more of that fresh powder skiing over the weekend at Boyne Mountain, Crystal Mountain and Shanty Creek. Otherwise conditions are prime but all skiers and riders must use good head and face protection and go for the hand warmers and toe warmers during these arctic cold stretches. Otherwise, look to ski on the days that are not quite as cold.

Western ski resorts have seen tranquil sunny weather for the better part of two weeks. This is just fine for Rocky Mountain resorts like Crested Butte, Colorado with 99% of their ski area open and a few feet of fresh snow in early January. Deer Valley, Utah got 3 feet of fresh snow a couple weeks ago while Alta and Snowbird got 4 feet. It has been sunny ever since but the snow is easily deep enough to stand a couple weeks without fresh snow. That is also the case at Idaho mountains like Schweitzer. They're 100 percent with long deeply covered packed powder slopes.

The long streak of warmth and sunshine is not doing any favors for California Mountains. They need a change in the weather and big storms to open more terrain. Meanwhile, there is skiing in riding from Southern California to the Lake Tahoe region. Boreal, Sugar Bowl and Northstar have long groomed top to bottom runs for every ability.

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