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Johnstown snow sports conditions: weekend of March 29, 2014

This shot of the conditions at Whitetail says it all.  Some sloppy spots and a receeding snow pack.  It has been a great year for skiing.
This shot of the conditions at Whitetail says it all. Some sloppy spots and a receeding snow pack. It has been a great year for skiing.Whitetail Resort Webcam

The signs of the fading winter are all around us. Today is the opening of trout season in southeastern Pennsylvania. The waterfowl is becoming very diverse at our local lakes and ponds. And the resorts have started closing or announcing their closing dates. This weekend could be your last chance for some spring skiing, so get out there and hit the trails.

The forecast for the Johnstown area and the Laurel Highlands for the weekend is looking like a typical spring forecast for the area. Saturday will cloudy conditions with rain moving in after 2:00 p.m. and continuing on into Saturday night. The rain may become mixed with snow after 2:00 a.m. before changing to all snow. Sunday presents us with a chance of snow ending around 8:00 a.m. leaving us with some clouds and windy conditions through Sunday night. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid-forties on Saturday and the upper-thirties on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be around freezing both Saturday and Sunday nights. With the coming week, it is no wonder that many of the resorts have decided that this would be their final week. Temperatures over the coming week are forecast to be in the mid to upper fifties and nighttime temperatures are not expected to be below freezing. 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

  • Notes: No recent update on conditions since last Saturday. Blue Knob is closing for the season after Sunday. They are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Hidden Valley

  • Base: between 20 and 30 inches with groomed wet granular conditions.
  • Trails: 23 of 31 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 1 park is open with 9 features.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is closed for the season. Hidden Valley will be closing for the season after this weekend.

Seven Springs

  • Base: between 18 and 42 inches with mostly groomed wet granular conditions.
  • Trails: 30 of 41 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 3 parks are open with 37 features.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun. Seven Springs has not made an announcement about when they will close for the season.

Whitetail

  • Base: between 15 and 25 inches with most trails having mostly groomed wet granular conditions.
  • Trails: 23 of 24 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 2 parks are open with 21 features. The half-pipe is now closed.
  • Lifts: 5 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park is closed for the season.
  • Events: Whitetail will close for the season at the close of business on Saturday, March 29. They had a season length that was in the top 5 for the resort.

Wisp

  • Base: between 26 and 46 inches with most trails having groomed wet granular conditions.
  • Trails: 20 of 34 trails are open.
  • Terrain parks: 2 park are open with 12 features.
  • Lifts: 4 lifts are currently operating.
  • Notes: The snow tubing park (14 lanes) is open. The Nordic Ski Center and the ice skating rink are now closed for the season. Closing day at Wisp is Sunday, March 30.

So get out and enjoy the weekend on the slopes them get ready to pack the skis away for the summer. But don’t hide inside, there are still plenty of exciting things to do outdoors in the Johnstown area. Don’t forget to check back next fall as ski season approaches once more.