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Johnstown snow sports conditions: weekend of February 22, 2014

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Another weekend is here and the weather promises to be warmer than it has been. The mountains of snow that have piled up over the last couple of weeks have begun melting. But there is still plenty of snow out there to enjoy on the slopes and trails. So take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy the weekend at the ski resorts.

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The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend is looking like the warmest one for a while. Saturday should start out with sunny skies with snow showers moving in overnight Saturday and lasting through Sunday. The forecast is for a 30% chance of snow showers Saturday and Sunday night. During the day on Sunday there is a 40% chance of rain or snow showers. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper forties on Saturday and in the lower forties on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the upper twenties on Saturday night and the upper teens on Sunday night. Conditions could be quite breezy on Saturday with the winds becoming light Saturday night through Sunday night.

Here are the individual resort reports as of today:

Blue Knob

  • Base: 48 inches with groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 34 of 34 trails are open including the glades.
  • Lifts: All lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: Snow tubing is open this weekend.
  • Events: Big Air Contest on Saturday, February 22. Registration is $20 and takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. with competition starting at 12:30 p.m..

Hidden Valley

  • Base: between 45 and 56 inches with groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 31 of 31 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 18 features.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open this weekend with 6 lanes.

Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands

  • Base: between 40 and 60 inches with groomed granular 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.

Seven Springs

  • Base: between 40 and 55 inches with mostly groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 38 of 41 trails are open .
  • Terrain parks: 9 parks are open with 83 features.
  • Lifts: 10 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun. Tours and Groomer Rides and Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available this weekend with reservations.
  • Events: USASA Appalachian Series Halfpipe and Slopestyle Event takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Halfpipe will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until noon and The Alley will be closed from noon until 4:00 p.m. each day. Spectators are welcome.

Whitetail

  • Base: between 45 and 50 inches with most trails being groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 31 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.
  • Events: Sushi Weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. Ski Patrol Recruitment Evaluation on Sunday with registration at 8:00 a.m. Check the website for more information on this event.

Wisp

  • Base: between 36 and 60 inches with most trails having groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 34 of 34 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 2 park is open with 15 features.
  • Lifts: 9 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. They will have free lessons on Saturday and an afternoon cookout.
  • Laurel Mountain State Park: 12+ inch hard base. Trails are not groomed and may have holes from snowshoes, hikers and dogs on the trails.
  • Kooser State Park: No recent update.

So take advantage of warmer 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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