- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 29, 2002

The season-long No Boundaries Snow Series begins Jan.5 at Wisp at Deep Creek Resort, McHenry, Md. The series includes aerial and pipe competitions and continues through March 9. Big Air competitions are scheduled Jan.5 and 26; Super Pipe Jam Competitions are Jan.11 and 25. Other competitions are planned for February and March.
Wisp will celebrate the new year with a buffet and live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday. The night also will include a torchlight parade and a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight. Cost is $45 a person. Reservations and information: 301/387-4911 ext. 2133; skiwisp.com.
Snowshoe opens entire mountain All of Snowshoe Mountain Resort's trails and slopes are skiable, a far cry from last year when the West Virginia resort was only able to start its chairlifts on Dec.22 with limited conditions. The difference this year is the amount of base on the mountain.
"Thanks to excellent snowmaking conditions so far, there is 3 to 4 feet of snow everywhere," said Snowshoe's Joe Stevens. "This time last year we were opening trails with 2 feet of snow. In other words, the slopes are in great shape."
Since early November, the snowguns have logged nearly 700 hours of operating time. The terrain park area on Spruce Glades is going strong with three rails and a small jump. The Mountaineer Terrain Park at the Silver Creek area is open with three rails and one tabletop, and the halfpipe is ready to go.
Nightly snowmobile tours, as well as cross-county and snowshoeing tours, are available through the Snowshoe Mountain Adventure Center. Information: 877/441-4386; snowshoemtn.com.
Whitetail plans New Year's celebration
Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg, Pa., will have a non-alcoholic, family-oriented, New Year's Eve party and buffet.
Ski and snowboard packages are also available. Whitetail expects its tubing park and night skiing to start any day now.
The Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day is scheduled for Jan.9, with rentals, a lesson and lift ticket for $10. Lessons are offered every hour from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Bounceback and Advantage Card deals do not apply for the Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day. Information: 717/328-9400; skiwhitetail.com.
Track wildlife at White Grass White Grass, Davis, W.Va., plans its first Gateway to the Refuge program Jan.12. The cross-country ski and snowshoe tour will focus on tracking animals in the Canaan Valley's wildlife refuge. The tour starts at 10 a.m. and snowshoes are included.
On Jan.18 and 19, White Grass will conduct a telemark skiing workshop with Dick Hall of Vermont. In the evenings, White Grass will have full-moon cross-country ski tours starting at about 7. Information: 304/866-4114; whitegrass.com.
Timberline gives break to students
College Ski Break comes to Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Davis, W.Va., Jan.6-10. Students will receive special rates on lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons. On Jan.3, Timberline will run the Wendy's Ski Family Challenge with former Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre. Two-person, family teams will race. Information: 800/766-9464; timberlineresort.com.
Ice carving at Montage
Montage Ski Area, Scranton, Pa., plans a Family Ice Carving Festival, Jan.4 and 5 at noon with ice carving demonstrations and a children's snowman contest. On Jan.9, Montage will have its first Ace Race League contest at 6 p.m.
Montage has three triples, one double and one quad chairlifts; skiing every night until 10; a 3-acre terrain park; and a 10-chute snow tubing park with a section for children. A mile from the ski area is a stadium rink for ice skating. Information: 800/468-7669; skimontage.com.
Seven Springs big on packages
Seven Springs, Champion, Pa., offers a number of packages for vacationers looking for a couple of days off to a weeklong family vacation. All packages include: lodging; skiing from 4:30 p.m. on the day of check-in; ski check; breakfast; swimming; and exercise room. There are special prices on rental equipment. Children ages 6 to 11 stay at half price. If you can stay two consecutive nights, a third midweek night is half-price.
The First-Snow Package is available through Jan.9, while the Holiday Adventure Lodging Package is available Jan.17-19 and Feb.14-17. Seven Springs has 275 acres of terrain; 14 trails and 17 slopes; a 750-foot vertical drop with the longest trail 1.25-miles long; a high-speed, six-passenger chairlift, three quad chairs and five triples.
Upcoming events at Seven Springs include: Jan.5, women's snowboard day; Jan.7-8, Head USA/Subaru Women's Clinic; Jan.9, Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day. Information: 800/452-2223; 7springs.com.
Bill Clapper writes about winter sports for The Washington Times. He can be reached at bclapper@washingtontimes.com, clappercom@mindspring.com or 410/295-3764.

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