It is the last weekend in February. The snow has falling throughout the Johnstown area this past week almost every day. Yet when the sun comes out, that snow cover does not last long. The signs are all around us that winter is slipping away. However, the skiing and snow boarding is still good at the local Johnstown area resorts. So take advantage of a good weekend and have some fun on the slopes.
The forecast for the Johnstown area for this weekend is a mixed bag of good and bad. Most of the ski resorts are under a winter weather advisory for a wintry mix of weather including freezing rain and drizzle from noon today through 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Temperatures should be quite seasonable throughout the weekend. High temperatures today should be around 30 with highs on Saturday in the upper 30’s and in the lower 30’s on Sunday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the mid to high 20’s throughout the weekend. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy to cloudy throughout the weekend with at least a slight chance of precipitation each day. Snow is expected to arrive in the area around noon today changing to freezing rain by mid-afternoon. Freezing rain is expected to taper off to showers or freezing drizzle overnight into Saturday morning with the precipitation changing to rain or snow after 10:00 a.m. There is a slight chance of snow showers on Sunday. Little accumulation of snow or ice is expected, but what does collect could cause hazardous driving conditions. Remember that the higher elevations could have higher accumulations of snow or ice.
Here are some of the events happening at the local ski resorts this weekend:
- Blue Knob has a couple of competitions this weekend for Super Slope Weekend. The Big Air/Slopestyle Competition is being held at the resort on Saturday, February 23. The competition is open to the public. You can register at the resort on Saturday from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. with the competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. The cost for registration is $20. On Sunday, February 24, the resort will be holding the Annual Western PA Ski Council Mountain Challenge. The Mountain Challenge is open to the public also. If you register online by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, the cost is $15. You can also register on the day of the event at the resort for $25 from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. The competition will begin at 10:30 a.m. Fees for the competitions do not include lift tickets.
- Hidden Valley is hopping once again this weekend. This is the weekend of the resort’s Snow Angels program for 2013. There are a couple of events going on Friday evening, February 22 at the resort. At the Outback Tubing Park, the resort is holding the last scheduled Froggy 94.9 Tubing Party for the season. Join Froggy radio with a live broadcast from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the tubing park and take advantage of a special offer of a free child’s tubing pass with the purchase of an adult tubing pass. Also on Friday night is the King of Ka$h Rail Jam. Come out and show off your moves. The competition is open to those 14 years of age and up and costs $15. Registration is open all day on the plaza with practice starting at 5:30 p.m. and the competition starting at 7:20 p.m. On Saturday, February 23, it is the kids’ turn. The Free Kid’s Jam is open to anyone 13 and younger and starts at 1:00 p.m. at Progression Park. Registration is open for this event both today and tomorrow at the resort.
- Nemacolin Woodlands will be holding the last scheduled Neighbors’ and Friends’ night tonight. Stop out after 2:00 p.m. on Friday and get a lift ticket for $15 or for $25 including rentals. A current snow report is not available from the resort. The last report was from Monday, February 18.
- Seven Springs continues to celebrate its 26th Annual Winterfest this weekend. The celebration lasts through next Sunday, February 24. There are plenty of activities for all ages both on and off the slopes. However, the highlight for this weekend will be the Torchlight Parade tonight. The Torchlight Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night on Stowe Slope. Check the Seven Springs website for a complete list of activities and a full schedule. This celebration is presented in partnership with WTAE-TV.
- Tussey Mountain will be presenting their 4th Annual Retro Day. Come out to Tussey Mountain on Sunday, February 24 dressed in your retro ski clothing or equipment and enjoy the slopes. There will also be games, contests and prizes.
- Whitetail near Mercersburg has two great activities again this weekend. Tonight is the Cash is King Competition at the ski area. Registration for the event is $10 and takes place from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. The competition will take place at Jib Junction Terrain Park. Also happening this weekend is the Cardboard Sled Competition, which takes place on Sunday, February 24. The event, which starts at 3:00 p.m., benefits the Cedar Ridge Children’s Home. You can register for the race at Whitetail on Sunday from 1:00 until 2:45 p.m. or register early by visiting the Cedar Ridge website or by calling (301)582-0282. The sledding competition is also open to spectators so come out and watch the fun to support the cause.
- Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD has several ski competitions this weekend. The Maryland Open takes place on Saturday, February 23 and the Wisp Cup takes place on Sunday, February 24. The Maryland Open is open to the public, while the Wisp Cup is an USSA event open only to USSA members. In any event, you may find some trails, such as Squirrel’s Cage, closed to the public during the races this weekend.
So get out and enjoy the slopes this weekend before the season is gone. Check out the local snow report for each resort in the slideshow. Get some recreation time to reduce that stress and have some fun. Bundle up and stay warm.
If you are a regular reader of the snow sports report, I welcome your feedback on the change in the format. Have fun on the slopes.