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Johnstown snow sports conditions: weekend of December 21, 2013

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After a week of cold temperatures and daily snow showers in the Johnstown area, we are in for a brief change. The first full week of the ski season at several of the local resorts will end with a warm up and some rain showers. The change could bring a sloppy weekend, but there will still be plenty of snow around for skiing and snowboarding.

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The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands is looking pretty wet for the weekend. Rain showers began today and are expected to hang around Saturday and Sunday. The showers should begin to taper off Sunday night before ending with a possibility of snow showers returning Monday morning. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid-fifties on Saturday and into the low sixties on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the mid-forties tonight and only in the low fifties Saturday night. By Sunday night, temperatures should be returning to normal with an overnight low in the mid-thirties. Needless to say slope conditions could change this weekend since the warmer weather will prevent snowmaking until next week.

Here are the individual resort reports as of today:

Blue Knob

  • Base: between 18 and 28 inches with packed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 18 of 34 trails are open
  • Lifts: 3 lifts are currently operating
  • Notes: They are reporting that some trails may need to be closed later in the weekend with the warmer conditions.

Hidden Valley

  • Base: between 24 and 36 inches with wet packed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 13 of 31 trails are open
  • Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 9 features
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating

Seven Springs

  • Base: between 22 and 32 inches with wet packed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 22 of 33 trails are open
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 47 features
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 8 lanes of fun.

Whitetail

  • Base: between 18 and 22 inches with most trails being groomed
  • Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open
  • Terrain parks: 2 parks are open with 22 features
  • Lifts: 7 lifts are currently operating
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 10 lanes and the kiddie slope.

Wisp

  • Base: between 12 and 30 inches with most trails being groomed
  • Trails: 22 of 32 trails are open with more expected to open over the weekend
  • Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 6 features
  • Lifts: 8 lifts are currently operating
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is closed but the ice skating rink is open.

So take advantage of warm weather in the Johnstown area and relax a little on the slopes, but if you like the cold it should return after the weekend. Remember that if you stay at the resorts, there are plenty of other activities available too.

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