It is hard to believe that February is half over. Yesterday morning I heard the songs of some of the early returning birds. Even now, the signs are there that spring is on the way. However, Johnstown area skiers and boarders should not fret because there is still a lot of good skiing left this season. So take advantage of the long Presidents Day weekend with snow showers in the forecast throughout the weekend and enjoy the slopes.
The forecast for the Johnstown area for this weekend looks like another good one for skiing or snowboarding. Except for Sunday, daytime temperatures are not expected to be too cold and overnight temperatures should allow for snow making to enhance nature’s own snow showers. High temperatures today should be near 40 with highs on Saturday in the upper 20’s, on Sunday in the upper teens and in the mid 30’s on Monday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the low 20’s tonight, in the teens on Saturday and Sunday nights and near freezing on Monday night. The wind chill could come into play on Sunday with winds being forecast between 10 and 18 mph. Snow showers are possible throughout most of the weekend beginning this afternoon into the evening. Some snow showers may linger through Sunday with a brief break Sunday night and Monday before returning Monday night. Little or no accumulation is expected in the lower elevations from these snow showers. Snow showers may be more numerous in the higher elevations or in the Laurel Highlands.
Blue Knob is currently reporting cloudy skies at the resort. They had some snow on Wednesday night. They have 21 trails open along with the Playground Terrain Park and Stembogan Bowl. Currently they are not making snow at the resort. They are reporting a base of 18 to 56 inches with groomed packed powder conditions. The snow tubing park will be opening for the weekend beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The Nordic Ski Center is open this weekend. Blue Knob is located about 45 minutes east of Johnstown.
Hidden Valley is currently reporting cloudy conditions at the resort. They have not had any snow since Wednesday night and snowmaking operations are currently halted at the resort. They currently have 25 runs open for skiing and two terrain parks with 18 features. Some natural snow trails may have thin spots, so use caution when on these trails. They are reporting a base of 18 to 39 inches. Currently they are reporting groomed packed powder conditions on the slopes. The Outback Snow Tubing Park will be opening at 6:00 p.m.
Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands last updated their snow conditions on Friday, February 8. Call the resort for information on current conditions at 866-344-6957.
Seven Springs is currently reporting cloudy conditions at the resort. Snow making and grooming operations are currently on hold and they have not had significant snowfall since Wednesday night. They will have 33 trails open for skiing and 7 terrain parks with 80 features. They are reporting a base of 18 to 38 inches with groomed packed powder conditions on the trails. The snow tubing park is open with 10 lanes in operation. They will be offering snow groomer rides this weekend but snow mobile and snowshoe tours have been suspended at this time.
Tussey Mountain is currently reporting partly sunny conditions at the resort. They have 5 of the 7 trails open at the resort with groomed granular conditions. They are currently reporting a base of 15 to 30 inches. The snow tubing park is open. Tussey Mountain is located about an hour and 40 minutes northeast of Johnstown.
Whitetail near Mercersburg is currently reporting partly sunny skies at this time. They have had 2 inches of new snow since Wednesday. They have 25 trails open as well as two terrain parks with 26 features and the half pipe. They have a base of 34 to 38 inches with packed powder conditions. They also have the snow tubing park open with 10 lanes and the kiddy tubing hill in operation for the weekend.
Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland is currently reporting cloudy conditions this morning. They have not had any significant snowfall since Wednesday. They have 27 trails and 4 terrain parks with 15 features open. They are reporting a base of 20 inches with groomed granular conditions. The snow tubing park is also open with 9 lanes in operation. The Mountain Coaster and Ice Skating Rink are also open this weekend. The Nordic Ski Center is closed today, but is expected to open up this weekend. Wisp is located about an hour and forty-five minutes south of Johnstown.
So get out and enjoy the slopes this weekend. Check out the local snow report for each resort in the slideshow. Get some recreation time to reduce that stress and have some fun. Bundle up and stay warm.