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Johnstown snow sports conditions: weekend of March 22, 2014

Conditions are still looking good at the local resorts although there are some spots appearing on some trails.
Conditions are still looking good at the local resorts although there are some spots appearing on some trails.
G. Barner

Spring is here, but there is still some snow sports left. The weekend weather is looking warmer and wetter, but we could see some snow in the area next week. Last year, the resorts got a big boost with a nice snow storm on March 25. Could this year be a repeat? Even if we don’t see several inches of snow, the resorts are still operating for the season. So get out for some of the activities this weekend including two pond skims at nearby resorts.

Come on out to Seven Springs on Saturday for their annual Pond Skim at 11:00 a.m.  If you miss it at Seven Springs, try Whitetail on Sunday.
Come on out to Seven Springs on Saturday for their annual Pond Skim at 11:00 a.m. If you miss it at Seven Springs, try Whitetail on Sunday.
Seven Springs Resort Staff

The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend should be nice for skiing. Saturday will start with a 30% chance of rain showers, mainly before 8:00 a.m. with breezy conditions throughout the day but dying down by evening. Sunday will bring mostly cloudy conditions with skies clearing a little by Sunday night. Snow showers are expected to return to the area Monday night through Tuesday night with the greatest chance coming Tuesday during the day. Temperatures will start out on the warm side and slip back to some nice temperatures for snow sports on Sunday. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper-forties on Saturday and the lower-thirties on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the lower-twenties Saturday night and in the mid-teens overnight Sunday. Remember that trail conditions could change rapidly over the weekend requiring changes to the status of some trails.

Here are the individual resort reports as of today:

Blue Knob

  • Base: 40 inches with groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 27 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 as needed.
  • Notes: The terrain park was groomed Friday. Blue Knob is beginning spring hours and will be closed this coming Monday and Tuesday. They are hoping for one more weekend after this.

Hidden Valley

  • Base: between 28 and 34 inches with groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 24 of 31 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 2 parks are open with 15 features.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is closed for the season. Hidden Valley is expecting to be open next weekend as well.

Seven Springs

  • Base: between 28 and 44 inches with mostly groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 31 of 41 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 5 parks are open with 51 features.
  • Lifts: 7 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun.
  • Events: Saturday is the annual Pond Skim at the resort. Registration for the limited number of spots takes place from 8:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. with the pond skim beginning at 11:00 a.m. Grab a tasteful costume and sign-up or just come out to watch the fun.

Whitetail

  • Base: between 25 and 35 inches with most trails having mostly groomed granular conditions.
  • Trails: 24 of 24 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 35 features including the half-pipe.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is closed for the season.
  • Events: Sunday is the annual Pond Skim at the resort. Registration takes place from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. with the pond skim beginning at 2:00 p.m. There is a registration fee of $5 which goes to a local charity. Grab a tasteful costume and sign-up or just come out to watch the fun.

Wisp

  • Base: between 26 and 46 inches with most trails having groomed wet granular conditions.
  • Trails: 22 of 34 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 2 park is open with 17 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 now closed for the season. More trails could be opened if conditions permit.

So take advantage of a great spring skiing weekend in the Johnstown area and relax a little on the slopes, but keep in mind that spring is coming. There is still plenty of snow and action at the resorts. Remember that if you stay at the resorts, there are plenty of other activities available too. While you are at the local resorts, don’t forget to take advantage of their special deals on 2014-2015 season passes.