This should be a great weekend for skiing or snowboarding. We have had a couple of good snow events throughout the previous week and temperatures that have been just right. We started off Friday with Valentine’s Day and many will have a long weekend with President’s Day on Monday. This makes it a holiday weekend at the resorts with holiday hours and prices. There is plenty of snow on the trails throughout the region including the Nordic trails and those without snow making ability. In addition the weather conditions should allow the resorts to produce more snow to help maintain the trails as needed. So take advantage of the weather and the long weekend, if you have one, and get out to the slopes or even just go snow tubing.
The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend is looking like another great one for snow sports of all kinds. Snow showers are in the forecast from Saturday through Monday with a more sustained period of snow coming in overnight on Monday. Saturday will start off with snow showers and a winter weather advisory until 1:00 p.m. The snow showers should become less abundant in the overnight hours. Sunday will bring an increased chance of snow showers through Monday. High temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-twenties on Saturday and Sunday with the high on Monday in the upper twenties. Overnight lows are expected to be in the single digits both Saturday and Sunday nights and in the mid-twenties on Monday night. Wind is expected to be 15 to 18 mph Saturday and Saturday night with gusts possible up to 26 mph. The wind should die off to light winds by Sunday afternoon through the rest of the weekend. Wind chills will be below zero on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Here are the individual resort reports as of today:
- Base: 38 inches with groomed powder conditions.
- Trails: 34 of 34 trails are open including the glades.
- Lifts: All lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: Snow tubing is open this weekend. The Nordic Ski Center is also open. They are reporting the best skiing in 10 years.
- Base: between 44 and 52 inches with groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 31 of 31 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 2 parks are open with 16 features.
- Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open this weekend with 6 lanes. They have 7 inches of new snow.
- Base: between 40 and 60 inches with groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 7 of 7 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 6 features.
- Lifts: 3 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open this weekend. The Nordic Ski Center is open for cross country skiing. Snowshoeing and dog sled rides are also available by reservation when conditions permit.
- Events: President’s Day Weekend Celebration.
- Base: between 44 and 60 inches with mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 38 of 41 trails are open .
- Terrain parks: 8 parks are open with 77 features.
- Lifts: 14 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun. Snow Shoeing Tours, Snow Mobile Tours and Groomer Rides are also available this weekend with reservations. Call to check on the status of Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. They are reporting sensational conditions throughout the mountain.
- Base: between 45 and 50 inches with most trails being groomed packed powder.
- Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 42 features including the half-pipe.
- Lifts: 8 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 10 lanes and the kiddie slope. They are reporting 16 inches of new snow.
- Events: Torchlight Parade and Bonfire at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Snow Cone Sunday
- Base: between 36 and 60 inches with most trails having packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 34 of 34 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 2 park is open with 15 features.
- Lifts: 10 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park (14 lanes) and the ice skating rink are open. The Nordic Ski Center is also open this weekend.
PACCSA Cross-Country Skiing Conditions:
- Laurel Ridge State Park Cross-Country Concession: 12+ inch hard base with some groomed trails.
- Laurel Mountain State Park: 12+ inch hard base with many trails being groomed on Thursday.
- Kooser State Park: 12 inch hard base.
So take advantage of great snow sports 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.