Another weekend is here and only three more weeks until the official start of spring. Although winter is fading by way of the calendar, weatherwise, it is fighting tooth and nail. After a mixed bag this week with some warmer weather early in the week, bitter cold temps have returned over the past couple days. This weekend is bringing the threat of yet another significant snow event. So take advantage of the time of year and get out to the slopes.
The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend is promising for skiing and boarding. Saturday should start out with cloudy skies with a 20% chance of snow showers during the mid-day. Overnight Saturday should continue to be cloudy with snow some light snow moving back in just before sunrise. Sunday afternoon brings a Winter Storm Watch in for the Fayette ridges, but this may be expanded to other areas further east by Sunday. Sunday will bring an 80% chance of snow and sleet throughout the day becoming a steady snow overnight Sunday into Monday. Total accumulations will be six inches with some locations possibly receiving more. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper thirties on Saturday and around freezing on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be around thirty on Saturday night and the lower twenties on Sunday night. Winds throughout the weekend are expected to be light.
Here are the individual resort reports as of today:
- Base: 48 inches with groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 28 of 34 trails are open. The ski patrol will continue to monitor trail conditions and close or open trails as conditions warrant.
- Lifts: All lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: Snow tubing is open this weekend.
- Base: between 40 and 48 inches with groomed packed powder 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.
- Base: between 40 and 60 inches.
- Trails: 7 of 7 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 6 features.
- Lifts: 3 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: Last update was on Monday, February 24, 2014.
- Base: between 38 and 50 inches with mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 36 of 41 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 9 parks are open with 88 features.
- Lifts: 11 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun. Snowshoeing tours and groomer rides are available this weekend with reservations.
- Events: This weekend is the first Spring Break Weekend with College Weekend.
- Base: between 40 and 45 inches with most trails being mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 38 features including the half-pipe.
- Lifts: 7 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 10 lanes and the kiddie slope.
- Events: The Dog Run takes place on Sunday.
- Base: between 30 and 50 inches with most trails having loose groomed granular conditions.
- Trails: 32 of 34 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 2 park is open with 17 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 about three inches of fresh powder on top. Spring hours begin on Sunday.
- Laurel Mountain State Park: 12 inch hard base with about four inches of fresh powder. The upper trails were groomed Thursday.
- Kooser State Park: No recent update.
So take advantage of another winter weekend in the Johnstown area and relax a little on the slopes, but keep in mind that spring is coming. Remember that if you stay at the resorts, there are plenty of other activities available too.