- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003

Snowshoe Mountain (W.Va.) Resort has entered the maintenance phase of its snowmaking operations. That is, snow will be made only on open terrain when necessary, such as after a rain or a quick thaw. If the temperatures turn mild for an extended time and Snowshoe has to make snow in a particular area, the trail will be closed for a day to allow the snowmakers to aggressively attack the terrain.
Snowshoe gained nearly a foot of snow each time a storm marched across the Alleghenies the past two weeks. That kept all 57 trails at the resort open. The conditions at Snowshoe are so good that skiers and snowboarders are flocking to the area.
"Word has it that hotel rooms were booked from Lewisburg to Weston," said Snowshoe director of communications Joe Stevens. "That's 60 miles to the south and 70 miles to the north [of Snowshoe]."
So far this season, Snowshoe has received 79 inches of natural snow, compared to 25 during the same period last year. Mountain operations has logged more than 750 hours of snowmaking. The base ranges between 4 and a shade under 5 feet on most of the mountain. The latest snow allowed Snowshoe to reopen many of its cross-country and snowshoeing trails that had been limited by the rain. Information: 877/441-4386; snowshoemtn.com.
Roffe teaches at Whitetail Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe will teach clinics and conduct on-snow training sessions for intermediate to advanced skiers interested in racing or improving technique Friday at Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg, Pa. Reservations are required. Information: 717/328-9400; skiwhitetail.com.
Ski Chalet demo day
Ski Chalet's Demo Day is scheduled for Thursday at Timberline Four Season Resort, Davis W.Va. Pick up vouchers at Ski Chalet shops in Arlington, Tysons Corner, Chantilly and Gaithersburg. The Ski Chalet pass includes a lift ticket, unlimited equipment demos from ski and snowboard manufacturers and activities. Information: Ski Chalet, 703/521-1700, skichalet.com, [email protected]; Timberline 800/766-9464; timberlineresort.com.
Canaan gets snow Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, W.Va., reports more than a foot of snow fell in a 24-hour period last week, and more was expected this weekend. Nearly all the trails at the state park are skiable, including Dark Side of the Moon, Canaan's expert trail that does not have snowmaking. Information: 800/622-4121; canaanresort.com.
Late nights at Liberty Late ski, snowboard and tubing nights are Jan.25, Feb.8 and Feb.22 at Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley, Pa. A 9 p.m. to midnight lift ticket, rental equipment and three hours of snow tubing are each $15. Special pricing will be available from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe will conduct five evening race clinics Thursday, Jan.23, 30; Feb.6 and 20. The clinics include two hours of intensive coaching with Roffe and timed training runs in the gates. Each session costs $60.
Roffe will also teach three high performance clinics, Jan.26, Feb.15 and 23. The all-day clinics are for advanced to expert skiers looking to improve technique. Each clinic will focus on a specific topic determined that day by the group. The clinics include five hours of coaching and high-performance test skis. Cost is $75 a session. Information: 717/642-8282; [email protected]
Women's clinics at White Grass Women's beginning cross-country and telemark ski clinics are scheduled Jan.25 at White Grass Touring Center, Davis, W.Va. Each clinic is taught by women for women and costs $65 (lunch included).
Every Sunday, the White Grass staff leads tours of the wildlife refuge in the Canaan Valley at 1 p.m. Information: 304/866-4114; whitegrass.com.
Seven Springs celebrates 70 years Seven Springs, Champion, Pa., celebrates its 70th year as a resort with a $70 rate on lodging through Thursday and Jan.20-23. The lodging rate is for single or double occupancy for one night in Seven Springs' main lodge hotel and includes lodging only. Each additional adult in the room is $35. Incidentally, skiing started at the western Pennsylvania resort in 1935. Information and reservations: 866/437-1300; 7springs.com.
Demo day at Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain, Palmerton, Pa., will have its demo day Saturday. New gear from manufacturers will be available for test runs.
Blue is a good size mountain in the Poconos with a 1,082-foot vertical drop, a half-pipe, two terrain parks, 29 slopes/trails and eight lifts including a quad chairlift. There is also a snow tubing hill. Information: 610/826-7700; skibluemt.com.
Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact: bclapper@washingtontimes.com.

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