- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

Reports out of Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia say the operations folks are having difficulty finding places to put all the snow that has accumulated. Snowfall topped 127 inches last week, 71 percent of the resort's 10-year average of 180 inches a season. Last year Snowshoe had 115 inches.
The Nordic Center staff isn't complaining. The 10 cross-country and snowshoeing trails have 30 to 50 inches of snow thanks to cold temperatures and shaded areas.
Today is the last day of Snowshoe's Jose Cuervo Weekend, the resort's biggest party of the winter. Scheduled are cardboard box races, on-slope fun events, ski and snowboard races and themed parties.
Tomorrow is the Cupp Run Challenge, one of the East Coast's most demanding races. The 1.25-mile course drops 1,000 feet on Snowshoe's most challenging trail. Amateur and professional racers will vie for cash and prizes. Snowshoe celebrates Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday from Friday through Feb.11.
Snowshoe is offering a midweek special of two nights' lodging and two days of lift tickets for $99. The package is available Sundays through Thursdays at the Inn at Snowshoe. Double occupancy is required. Information: 877/441-4386; snowshoemtn.com.
Conditions great at Canaan
Canaan Valley Resort's ski area is touting its best conditions in years. The Davis, W.Va., resort has received more than 125 inches of snow this season, 16 last week alone.
"Thirty-seven trails are open, the tube park is in top condition, NASTAR is available every Wednesday and Sunday, and on top of that, we've got three Internet Snow Buster Specials to get people to the mountain," said managing director Chuck Trader.
With a coupon from Canaan's Web site, guests can choose a lift ticket, snow tubing park session or ice skating session (with skate rental) for $5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb.13. The Mid-Week Blues Special provides a free lift ticket with the purchase of a lift ticket Wednesdays through Feb.26, and the Ski Under the Stars promotion allows guests to night ski (including ski rental) Fridays and Sundays through March2 for $15. The Internet specials are available at canaanresort.com. Information: 800/622-4121.
Ski Roundtop covered with snow
Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, Pa., has received about two feet of snow so far this season, and the extended cold temperatures have allowed Roundtop's snowmakers to continue pumping out snow. The area reports base depths of 34 to 40 inches.
"We have some slopes like Upper Gunbarrel and Upper Ramrod that have about 10 feet [of snow] on them," said spokesman Chris Dutting.
Preparations are under way for Roundtop's Spring Fest on March8-9. On Saturday, an outdoor concert is scheduled. In past seasons, the concert has drawn up to 2,000 music fans. The 24 Hours of Ski Roundtop begins at noon Saturday. Last year the winners each skied more than 115,000 vertical feet in 24 hours. Sunday will also feature pond skimming, on-snow mountain biking and other on-snow events. Information: 717/432-9631; skiroundtop.com.
Laurel passes 100 inches
Laurel Mountain in Ligonier, Pa., has hit its average of 100 inches of snow, and more is in the forecast. Base depths are about 50 inches on slopes with snowmaking and about 16 inches on the trails that require natural snow. All slopes and trails at Laurel are open.
Saturday is Laurel's Winter Carnival, with youth races and a torchlight parade.
Current season pass holders from other ski areas can receive a 20 percent discount on lift tickets at Laurel. Show your pass and photo ID at the ticket window for the discount. Information: 877/754-5287; skilaurelmountain.com.
Wintergreen "fabulous" With 30 inches of snow so far this season and more on the way, Wintergreen Resort in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains reports base snow depths of more than six feet. All 20 slopes and all five lifts are open and operating. "We're having a fabulous year," said spokesman Frankee Love. "This is the best ski season anyone can remember."
Wintergreen stages its second of three boarder cross races next Sunday. Valentine's Day is marked with Cupid on the Slopes from Feb.14 to 16. Mardi Gras will be celebrated March1 with a King and Queen of Mardi Gras, synchronized skiing and costumes on the slopes. Information: 434/325-2200; wintergreenresort.com.
Snowy, busy at Bryce It has been a very busy and snowy season so far, reports Manfred Locher, spokesman for Bryce Resort in Bayse, Va. More than 15 inches of snow has fallen at the resort this season, and coupled with snowmaking, there are base depths up to 54 inches on the mountain.
On Saturday, Bryce will have the Locher Dual NASTAR Challenge race followed the next day by the Virginia USSA J4, J5 and Master races. On March1 and 2, Bryce has scheduled the Southern Alpine Ski Championship J4 and J5. Information: 540/856-2121, 800/821-1444; bryceresort.com.
Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact: bclapper@washingtontimes.com.

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