- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2003

After assessing the snow that still covers the mountain, officials at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia decided to keep the slopes open through April13.
Although the Silver Creek area at Snowshoe will shut down March23. Snowshoe will still have four lifts operating and at least 15 trails on the basin side and Western Territory.
To celebrate the season, Snowshoe has established a Spring Pass that allows unlimited skiing and riding the last four weeks of the season for $75. To purchase it, call the guest service office. In addition, a season pass with any other resort will get you free skiing when you book lodging through Snowshoe reservations.
Snowshoe will have its Mountaintop Beach Party and Music Festival on Friday and Saturday. Games and beach music are featured during the family weekend. On March29, Snowshoe will have its Big Air Bash, the last snowboard event of the winter season. Prizes and cash will be awarded to top competitors. Information: 877/441-4386; www.snowshoe mtn.com.
Value Season at Canaan Valley Value Season is in full swing at Canaan Valley Resort outside Davis, W.Va. During it, skiers can save up to 45 percent on normal lift ticket prices. The daily lift ticket is down to $24 for adults and $18 for children (6-12).
The resort also is offering a St. Patrick's Ski Package that includes lodging for $39 a night and free skiing. The deal is valid through Saturday.
More than 200 inches of snow fell on Canaan Valley this winter, resulting in a base of up to 7 feet.
"We've got some of the best conditions in March that I can remember," said Chuck Trader, managing director for Canaan Valley Resort. "All 37 trails are open, of course, and that includes those that are only open under natural snow." Information: 800/622-4121; www.canaanresort.com.
Wisp open into April
Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort, McHenry, Md., plans to stay open until April 6. The East Ridge trails will be open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the end of the season. The rest of the mountain will remain open until April 6.
"Our spring skiing conditions are terrific for any type of skier," said Bill Cox, ski school director. "With more resistance from spring snow, beginners can maneuver and come to a stop more easily. Advanced skiers will like the bumps, and everyone will enjoy the sunshine and mild temperatures."
Through the end of the season, Wisp is offering a $21 learn-to-ski package that includes a lift ticket, lesson and rental. Wisp also has the only snowbike rentals in the Middle Atlantic region and offers a two-hour guided session, instruction and lift ticket for the time of the tour for $25. Information: 301/387-4911; www.skiwisp.com.
Ski free at Blue Knob
Stay at Blue Knob, Claysburg, Pa., and ski free until March31. Blue Knob is adjusting its hours to the end of the season. Sundays through Thursdays, the resort is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Purchase a 2003-04 season pass before March31 and it will cost $259, which is about 50 percent off the usual price. The pass will be good for the rest of this season as well as next. Information: 814/239-5111.
Camelbackstill smokin' Camelback Ski Area, Tannersville, Pa., reports all its trails and slopes are still open and there is more than 7 feet of snow covering the mountain. The 90 inches Camelback has received is 50 percent more than its normal fall. Information: 570/629-1661, snow conditions 800/233-8100; www.skicamelback.com.
Seven Springs cuts rates
The warm weather brings discounts and specials to Seven Springs, Champion, Pa. Until the end of the season, lift ticket prices have been cut across the board. An adult weekday ticket is $28 and an adult weekend ticket $37. A valid 2002-03 season pass from Seven Springs or any other ski resort will get you a free lift ticket on Mondays.
Priority 7 members receive 2-for-1 deals on lift tickets and snow tubing passes, group lessons, junior and toddler packages and beginning skier packages. To become a Priority 7 member, sign up on Seven Springs' Web site. Lodging rates at the resort are also reduced until the end of the season. Contact: 800/523-7777; www.7springs.com.
Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact:bclapper@washingtontimes.com.

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