Easter Sunday’s Southeast Report

A light, misty rain is falling as of 7:45am this mornin, but the significant rainfall looks to be holding off til this afternoon or tonight…which is kind of what the forecast has been saying for a few days. There will be some rainy periods, but nothing to wash out the day…so get out enjoy the fun at the slopes.

Happy Easter to everyone! We’re working remotely from mom’s this morning so I don’t have some of my normal resources available to me and therefore I’m just a little limited on information. That prompted me to look at some of the other websites like OneTheSnow and even the North Carolinas Ski Area Associations website and it did me a world of good, because BOTH websites had incorrect information. One showed App’s reported base depth 6" over what App is saying that it is (meaning that it isn’t up to date for even a couple of days ago, and the other still has Ski Beech skiing the last day, which of course was done this past Monday. So let’s go with what we DO know.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – The best time to attend the Meltdown Games will be early today as the rain is forecasted to pick up this afternoon. Highs will be in the 50° range. Planned activities are the annual Pond Skimming fun, a Big Air Competition and more. It should be loads of fun and WE NEED PHOTOS PLEASE!

Sugar Mountain – If you want to attend their Easter Egg Hunt…put down what the Easter Bunny brought you and head over to Sugar at 9am. It’s kind of weird that they’d hold it so early…but with the rain in the forecast it is a good thing. This particular Eater Egg Hunt could win you a FREE SEASONS PASS for next season! Hundreds of fun-filled plastic eggs will be scattered around lower flying mile. A special prize will be awarded to the best dressed skiing or snowboarding bunny as well. So wear your bunny suit, bring your Easter basket and join them at 9 am on lower Flying Mile.

Massanutten Resort …will call it quits for the 2004-2005 season after today’s session. They will close with lots of snow base (30-42") and really nice conditions.

Wintergreen Resort – Wintergreen will also be closing after today’s session…KIND OF. Be sure to come back for the Wicked, Huge Park Party on April 2nd. The slopes will be closed from March 28th through April 1st to get ready for this mega skiing and riding event on April 2nd. We will provide more details again in a day or two…but you can check out some of the activities by clicking our archive link at the bottom of this page.

Canaan Valley – They too will be closing this afternoon at 4:30pm for the season. Canaan is offering a very cool Sunday Buffet if you happen to be there today. Canaan hasn’t updated their ski report since Friday so we can assume that conditions are much as they were Friday, except wetter. Rain is in the forecast all day today up there, according to their website.

Snowshoe Mountain – Rain is also in the forecast for much of Sunday and Monday at the popular West Virginia destination. If you don’t mind getting a little wet…they have LOTS of snow on all 39 slopes that they offer this late in the season. The cool thing about Snowshoe is that even when it’s wet…there’s lots to do. Chill out in The Shavers Center, take in some television and brews in The Junction, Foxfire Grill, or Cheat Mountain Pizza; enjoy a cup of your favorite java at Starbucks and there’s so much more.

Don’t forget, if you have a season pass with another resort in the region, you are in luck at Snowshoe Mountain for the last two weeks of the season. If you book two nights of lodging through the end of the season, you will get your lift tickets for free. The free tickets are just for the pass holders. So don’t give up as other resorts in the region begin to close. Snowshoe Mountain will be open through Sunday, April 10.

You will also want to make plans to cross the Skidder Pond NEXT Saturday, April 2, which is just part of the annual "Last Hurrah" weekend. Plenty of on slope games and prizes. Don’t miss out on this spring skiing event.

Since the Silver Creek area is closed for skiing and riding, the Adventure Department has decided to use all of the snow for daytime snowmobile trips and rides. The Nordic Center has however closed for the season. For more information call 304-572-5477.

Timberline Resort – After ten days of no base depth movement…snow finally found a way to melt… (4" of it anyway) but perhaps they ARE paying attention. They have a great of fun planned for today as well. Enjoy these activities:

10:00 am: Face painting and egg coloring in the childrens center in the base lodge

1:00 pm: Sunrise Service on Salamander

1:00 pm: Nastar Egg and Spoon race. (Special Prizes for best time with egg intact)

1:30 pm: Easter Bonnet Parade. (Meet at the beginners Lift. Prizes for best Bonnet.

2:00 pm: Egg Hunt on Skis. (Woods Hole)

2:30 pm: Egg toss. Open to all. Elimination style egg tossing tournament on the deck.

Winterplace Resort – These guys also close for the 2004-2005 season after today’s session. They will close with all 27 of their slopes and trails operating…and plenty of snow… 48-60"

WISP Resort – Either these guys started reading our base depth articles, or they decided to drop 8" of base depth (only their second movement in the last month). Maybe it’s because they will be closing up for the season on Monday. No matter…they have lots of snow.

Get out and enjoy the last days of ski season at a few resorts today and Monday. Five of the remaining nine ski areas will be closing either today or Monday…so check the Slope Conditions page and get out and make a few turns for me. …and send me some photos from all of the fun!

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