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Fantastic End of Season Conditions Await You
03.19.13 09:13 AM
The list of open resorts just keeps getting smaller and smaller....Yesterday saw the closure of Massanutten for the season. I thought it was pretty cool that they stayed open an extra day in order to let guests enjoy the fresh snow that fell on Sunday. Anyways, that puts us down to 9 open ski areas in the region, not including Liberty Snowflex. That's a bummer. It's even more of a bummer when you take a look around at the cams and realize that most of the places that have already closed still have significant snow on the mountain.
The season is winding down at a time when another cold snap is arriving, which makes all of the resort closures kind of ironic. A lot of the winter outlooks back in October mentioned it being a backloaded winter, and it hasn't disappointed. The rest of the month, for the most part, looks to continue this trend. The graphic below shows the GFS temperature anomaly for the next 8 days. Spring officially starts tomorrow but it'll feel more like February over the next week.
Get out and enjoy the snow while you can. There's only a few weeks left to do so. I know I'll be riding App all week and then Beech this weekend. It looks like both places will be closing up shop for the season being at or near 100% open, which is awesome. I like how App doesn't close from 4:30-6 because at this time of year, it's sunny until 7:30 or so. I can get out there at 4:30 and still have a few hours of daylight left. It should be fun! I'll try and get some pics and share them with you guys on Thursday (Tonette has this tomorrow).
That's it for today, not a lot to talk about with everything winding down. Enjoy your Tuesday!