I can’t lie; it is very hard to write a snow report when it is raining with temperatures near 50 and no snow cover around. But the snow is still there at the local ski resorts. They continue to battle against warm temperatures and rain to keep the trails open. And this weekend should be a good weekend for skiing.
The National Weather Service forecast for the Johnstown area this weekend is calling for a return of snow showers. High temperatures today started out near 50. However, even as I write the winds are picking up and temperatures are dropping. The forecast is for temperatures to drop throughout the day. High temperatures on Saturday are expected to be near 40 and in the mid 30’s on Sunday. Low temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 20’s tonight and Saturday and in the high teens on Sunday. The forecast is for snow showers to return to the area around noon today. The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain or snow showers on Saturday and snow showers on Sunday.
Hidden Valley is hoping for a little fresh snow for a big weekend. Come out this weekend for the Family Snowblast at Hidden Valley presented by KDKA- TV and Pittsburgh’s WB. They have an average base of 32 inches with wet groomed granular conditions. The resort has 21 trails open and will resume snowmaking as weather permits. They will have two terrain parks open this weekend with seven features. The snow tubing park will be open this weekend beginning at 6:00 pm today.
Seven Springs is hoping for a little fresh snow to help them out. This weekend they are again spotlighting The Streets urban terrain park with the first Packed, Stacked and Jacked competition on the new terrain park. Currently they are reporting a base of 14 to 24 inches with wet groomed granular conditions. They are reporting 31 trails open for the weekend and they will resume making snow as conditions permit even during the day, so wear your goggles. They now have 54 features open in 4 terrain parks including 26 features at The Streets. They are reporting some bare spots on Avalanche, Stowe and North Face trails. In addition they will have eight lanes open at the snow tubing park.
Blue Knob also continues to battle a warm rainy winter. It should be another great weekend especially for the Season Pass Holder’s Day on Sunday. They were reporting a base between 18 and 40 inches. They have 17 trails open and are working to open more areas for the weekend. They are reporting groomed natural conditions on the trail. Stembogan will be ungroomed until the weekend and has some bumpson the trail.The snow tubing park should be open this weekend beginning at 5:00 pm.
WISP in McHenry, MD has snow on the trails, but not much snow off the trails. So come out and have some fun on the slopes. They are reporting groomed granular conditions. They have 25 trails open this weekend along with 17 features in 3 terrain parks. They currently have an average base of 22 inches. If you aren’t into skiing or snowboarding, come out to the tubing park or even to the ice skating rink. You can even ride the mountain coaster.
The last update from Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands near Farmington, PA was on Tuesday. They currently are reporting a base from 30 to 38 inches. They have all 10 trails opened and groomed. This would be a great night to come out for the Neighbors and Friends Night tonight. They will also have the tubing park opened.
The natural areas around the Johnstown area do not have any snow cover. The forecast is not showing any significant snow events coming over the next week either.
Check out the local resorts web cams:
- Seven Springs
- Hidden Valley
- Laurel Ridge Cross-Country Ski Area
So come out and thank the workers at the resorts for all of their hard work. Get out there and have fun in the snow and shake their hands if you get a chance. And take the family for some fun on the slopes this weekend.
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