West Virginia Ski Areas Association News by Joe Stevens

West Virginia Ski Areas Association News by Joe Stevens

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Joe Stevens is a columnist for SkiSoutheast.com in addition to his "real job" of co-owner of The Media Center in Charleston, West Virginia. As if Joe isn’t busy enough with these duties, he’s a dedicated dad, devoted husband and spokesperson for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. It is the latter "hat" that he was wearing when he sent me a release that informed snow lovers of the additional ski terrain that opened at Timberline and within the Cross Country terrain at White Grass in West Virginia.

(Hey Joe…this is only ten days late getting posted! I happened to be cleaning my inbox a bot and noticed this one that somehow slipped through and did not get posted.)

With the snow that is falling THIS WEEKEND, Cross Country Skiing is a hot topic (or would that be a ‘cold’ topic? Here’s the pertinent content of that release. (Updated where needed.)

Charleston, WV – The temperatures in the higher elevations were perfect for snowmaking operations back in early December (Dec 7th), allowing the West Virginia areas to provide the most open terrain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions. The snowmakers at all of the resorts began to work around the clock when temperatures dropped, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to create the excellent early season conditions. When snowmaking conditions were at their best during that week (in the low teens), over 10,000 tons of snow was being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour. That’s a manmade blizzard skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers in the mountains of West Virginia.

The mountain state’s resorts annually attract over 800,000 skier visits and that number is again attainable since the start of the season is coming at a tradition time. “Skiers and snowboarders have come to rely on West Virginia ski resorts to provide excellent conditions when weather conditions permit,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “We are off to a very good start, we just need Mother Nature to keep the winter conditions coming.” The top states providing skiers and snowboarders visiting West Virginia slopes are Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues through early April. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at www.westvirginiaski.com  or www.goskiwv.com .

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!