- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003

Here we are a week into March, and winter does not show much sign of abating. Storms keep marching over the Appalachians dumping snow and keeping the ski resorts in the Middle Atlantic region well supplied.
Despite the overabundance of snow at the resorts, this season is winding down. A number of ski areas have announced closing dates this month, and there will be only a few resorts open for April skiing. The message, then, is to get out there and enjoy the snow now, or you'll have to wait until December.
Value Season comes to Canaan Valley Value Season is in full swing at Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, W.Va. Skiers can save up to 45 percent off 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 several ski and lodging packages, as well as a number of midweek specials online. The St. Patrick's Ski Package includes lodging for $39 a night and free skiing. The deal is valid March16 to 21. March Mayhem special is $99 a person for a three-day package until Thursday.
More than 200 inches of snow has fallen 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; CanaanResort.com.
Whitetail offers spring promotions
Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg, Pa., is offering two promotions to boost visits to the end of the season. The first deal is a $10 midweek lift ticket after purchasing a full-price ticket. A lift ticket dated March1 or later, still attached to your ski jacket, will get you a $10 midweek lift ticket at the window.
The second promotion is for Whitetail Advantage Card holders. You can bring a companion to Whitetail on your Advantage Card and receive 40 percent off the regular price of a lift ticket or rental package. Information: 717/328-9400; skiwhitetail.com.
Snowshoe may extend season
West Virginia's Snowshoe Mountain Resort could extend its season a week and make April13 its final day for skiing. The Silver Creek area will close for the season March23. Snowshoe spokesman Joe Stevens will only say, "Our closing date for the season now seems to be in question." A decision is expected soon.
While skiing and snowboarding continues at Snowshoe, the snowmaking system has been shut down because there is enough snow on the mountain to carry through the spring. The snowmaking crews have switched jobs and are clearing 10 to 12 acres on the Snowshoe basin area to alleviate congestion that builds on busy weekends and holidays.
Average snow depth on the slopes is holding at 86 to 106 inches, some of the deepest snow on any ski mountain in North America. The Snowshoe Nordic Center continues its great season with 20 to 40 inches of cover on its 10 cross-country and snowshoeing trails. Snowshoe will start its spring discount season soon and continues to have deals on its Web site.
Snowshoe will have its Mountaintop Beach Party and Music Festival March21-22. 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; snowshoemtn.com.
Wintergreen's pass goes to the end
Until the end of the season, Wintergreen Resort, in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, is offering an unlimited lift pass for $139. If you plan to ski Wintergreen at least five times before the end of the season, the pass is a good deal.
Wintergreen's scheduled closing is March23. Nearly 100 inches of snow have fallen on Wintergreen this season and skier/rider visits are up 35 percent over last year. Information: 434/325-2100; wintergreenresort.com.
Midweek discount at Liberty
Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley, Pa., is offering a $10 midweek lift ticket discount to the end of the season. Here's the deal: Purchase a full price lift ticket and attach it to your jacket. At your next visit (during the week) you'll get a $10 midweek lift ticket. If you have a Liberty Advantage Card, you can get 40 percent off a lift ticket or rental package for a companion. Information: 717/642-8282; skiliberty.com.
$10 Thursday nights at Laurel Every Thursday, 4 to 10p.m., lift tickets are $10 at Laurel Mountain, Ligonier, Pa. In another discount deal, a season pass from any other ski area will net 20 percent off a Laurel lift ticket. The pass must be valid for this year, have a photo and be presented at the ticket window. Information: 877/754-5287; skilaurelmountain. com
Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact: bclapper@washingtontimes.com.

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