- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003

On 15 of the first 20 days this month, it snowed at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. The long-range forecasts indicate the weather patterns will continue to bring snow to the area.
"The snow just keeps piling up everywhere on the mountain," said Snowshoe spokesman Joe Stevens. "Conditions are not going to change anytime soon. Winter is here to stay. Check the extended forecasts. I can't find an above-freezing day in the near future."
For the record, Snowshoe has recorded 114 inches of snow this winter, which is 63 percent of the resort's 10-year average of 180 inches a season. During all of last year, Snowshoe received 115 inches. Snowshoe's location on the western front of the Allegheny Mountains and its 4,800-foot altitude contribute to the abundant snowfall.
Snowshoe's Nordic Center is busy. All the trails along the adjoining hills and ridges are open for touring and snowshoeing. At Silver Creek, the Mountaineer Terrain Park and halfpipe are open. Information: 877/441-4386; snowshoemtn.com.
Racing and Super Bowl at Canaan
Today Canaan Valley Resort, in Davis, W.Va., will have the King of the Mountain ski race, a giant slalom adult team event. There is no entry fee, but a lift ticket is required. Races begin in the early afternoon. Also today, the resort will throw a Super Bowl party in the Bear Paw lodge.
NASTAR racing is every Sunday and Wednesday through the rest of the season. Saturday will be children's day at Canaan with face painting, caricature drawing and other activities. Information: 800/622-4121; canaanresort.com
Burton's Chill comes here
The second winter of Chill DC will introduce about 180 youngsters to snowboarding this winter. The six-week program brings youngsters from about 18 District youth organizations to Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. Chill DC is every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night through Feb.24.
The Chill Foundation was founded in 1995 by Burton Snowboards as a way of sharing snowboarding with young people in the company's hometown of Burlington, Vt. Snowboards, boots, bindings, technical outerwear, transportation, lift tickets and instructions are furnished as part of the program. Mitsubishi Motors supplies transportation from the cities to the mountains. Ellie Gompert is national Chill coordinator, and she can be reached at 802/651-0307; [email protected]
Special Olympians at White Grass
White Grass Touring Center, Davis, W.Va., will be the site for the West Virginia Special Olympics Winter Games Wednesday through Friday. Athletes from three states will be competing.
On Feb.2, White Grass will conduct its annual Ground Hog's Day Ski. The full-day, backcountry trek meanders through the tundra-like Dolly Sods wilderness area of Canaan Valley. On Feb.9, White Grass will have another Gateway to the Refuge snowshoe and cross-country tour of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Naturalists will emphasize the balsam snowshoe hare and northern flying squirrel during the 10a.m. tour.
The 25K Mountain State Marathon cross-country ski race also is scheduled Feb.9, 1p.m. There is a $12 entry fee. Categories for adults and children will be determined. Prizes will be awarded to finishers. Information: 304/ 866-4114; whitegrass.com.
Racing big at Blue Knob
Blue Knob All Seasons Resort, Claysburg, Pa., is on the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania, which makes the area a good hill for ski racing. Blue Knob has NASTAR racing every weekend afternoon. Two runs are $5, or $10 for unlimited runs. Teams are forming for the Blue Knob Racing League that competes through Feb.27. The Washington Ski International Mid-Atlantic Championship Series will stop at Blue Knob Feb.8-9.
Between Altoona and Johnstown, Blue Knob is a few hours from the District. Other activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing on the resort's golf course or in the adjacent state park. Information: 800/458-3403, 814/239-5111; blueknob.com.
Package deals rule at Seven Springs
There always seems to be some sort of package deal available at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Pa.
All packages include lodging, unlimited skiing from 4:30 on the day of arrival through 7p.m. on the day of checkout; overnight ski check; breakfast buffet for hotel guests; access to swimming and exercise room; children 6 to 11 half-price; children 5 and under stay and ski free with parents; and special prices on equipment rentals.
Packages available this winter are: Holiday Adventure, Feb.14-17; March Mayhem, March9 through the end of the season; Midweek Escape Package; and Weekend Getaway Package: Information and reservations: (866) 437-1300; 7springs.com.
Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact: [email protected]

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