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Johnstown snow sports conditions: weekend of January 25, 2014

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After another week of bitter cold temperatures, we will see a little bit of a warm-up this weekend. The temperatures will still be cold, but not quite as miserable as this past week. This along with snow throughout the week and into the weekend will make it a great weekend for skiing or snowboarding. 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 get out to the slopes or even just go snow tubing.

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The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend is looking great for snow sports of all kinds. Snow is in the forecast throughout the weekend. Saturday should start off with a steady snow fall which should taper off to showers overnight Saturday. Light snow will return on Sunday increasing in intensity in the afternoon and continuing through Monday. The forecast for Sunday is for partly sunny skies. High temperatures are expected to be in the low twenties on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be around zero on Saturday and in the mid-teens on Sunday night. Wind is expecting to be a factor throughout the weekend with winds around 20 mph and gusts reaching near 30 mph. This will bring the wind chills down to around zero or slightly lower throughout the weekend, except Saturday night when they could approach -20. There could be an additional 8 inches of snow in the Laurel Highland resorts through Saturday.

Here are the individual resort reports as of today:

Blue Knob

  • Base: 30 inches with groomed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 26 of 34 trails are open with more possibly opening later this weekend.
  • Lifts: All lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: Snow tubing is open this weekend. There is no information on the status of the Nordic Ski Center.

Hidden Valley

  • Base: between 34 and 42 inches with mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 24 of 31 trails are open with more possibly opening later this weekend.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 25 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 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 could be open for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Snowshoeing and dog sled rides are also available by reservation when conditions permit.

Seven Springs

  • Base: between 30 and 40 inches with mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 34 of 41 trails are open .
  • Terrain parks: 4 parks are open with 60 features.
  • Lifts: 10 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.

Whitetail

  • Base: between 45 and 48 inches with most trails being groomed packed powder.
  • Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 39 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.

Wisp

  • Base: between 18 and 36 inches with most trails having groomed powder conditions.
  • Trails: 29 of 32 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 6 features.
  • Lifts: 8 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park (14 lanes) and the ice skating rink are open. The Nordic Ski Center is close this weekend.

PACCSA Cross-Country Skiing Conditions:

  • Laurel Ridge State Park Cross-Country Concession: 3 inch base with an additional 12 inches on the trails.
  • Laurel Mountain State Park: 3 to 6 inch base with an additional 12 inches on the trails.

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.

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