The signs of spring are all around us. The snow cover in the lower elevations around Johnstown is gone or at least disappearing fast. Even when we get snow, the late winter sun tends to make short work of it. Tonight, another yearly ritual that indicates that winter is fading takes place when we turn the clocks forward for daylight savings time. But don’t fret yet snow sports enthusiast. There is still plenty of snow at our local resorts. 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 looks like a great one for getting outdoors. Saturday should start out with cloudy skies with a 40% chance of afternoon showers. Colder temperatures overnight on Saturday will bring a 30% chance of snow showers back to the area with mostly sunny skies coming back for Sunday. Temperatures do not appear to be good for snow making this weekend with high temperatures expected to be in the lower-forties on Saturday and the upper-thirties on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the mid-twenties on Saturday night and the lower-thirties on Sunday night. Winds throughout the weekend are expected to be around 10 mph. 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:
- 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.
- Events: SkeWookie Cup Memorial Race to raise money for MS research takes place Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. Blue Knob Ski Patrol Applicant Day takes place on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Skiers and boarders interested in joining the ski patrol should register online or by calling (814) 239-1009.
- Base: between 44 and 50 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.
- Events: Spring Carnival takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with games, treats, activities, and crafts for the entire family.
- 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: Last update was on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Mystic Mountains is planned to close on March 16, 2014 for the season.
- Base: between 38 and 50 inches with mostly groomed packed powder conditions.
- Trails: 38 of 41 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 9 parks are open with 94 features.
- Lifts: 9 lifts are currently operating.
- Notes: The snow tubing park is open with 11 lanes of fun. Groomer rides are available this weekend with reservations.
- Events: This weekend is the second Spring Break Weekend with 80’s Weekend including a Retro Rail Jam on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Base: between 42 and 46 inches with most trails being mostly groomed loose granular 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: It is Springfest Weekend. This includes the Ice Cream Sundae Run for kids 12 and under on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
- Base: between 30 and 50 inches with most trails having loose groomed granular conditions.
- Trails: 33 of 34 trails are open.
- Terrain parks: 2 park is open with 17 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.
- Laurel Ridge State Park Cross-Country Concession: 6 - 10 inch hard base with a fast granular surface. The ski area is operating on a spring schedule.
- Laurel Mountain State Park: 12 inch hard base which should soften with warmer temperatures this weekend. The loop, interstate and Lippo’s Loop have been groomed and tracked.
- Kooser State Park: No recent update.
So take advantage of a great late winter skiing 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. While you are at the local resorts, don’t forget to take advantage of their special deals on 2014-2015 season passes.