We’ve had two measurable, but unspectacular, snowfalls in BeltwayLand, a false spring (literally and figuratively), dodged a Nor’easter and the groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter?! Have we even had two? Nevertheless, my annual Mid-Atlantic skiing post is finally here. The best snow of the season just fell on many of regional ski areas.
I missed out on skiing last year because of real life, but I’m hoping to make it back on the slopes again this year, possibly on President’s Day Weekend. I hope you are doing your exercises to get ready for the season. A few minutes a day go a long way on the mountain.
Mid-Atlantic Pow(d)er Rankings
Over the last decade or so, I’ve skied a number of places in Appalachians and blogged about it.
Probably the best overall ski area in the Poconos, even with only 800 feet of vertical drop. The Nile Mile is my favorite slope anywhere in Pennsylvania. If there was 25% more vertical, it’d be a black diamond rating.
I find myself wanting to back to Blue Knob for bowl skiing again.
I went to Liberty, Roundtop & Wisp as a kid, but that’s too long ago to count.
My only trip outside of the Appalachians was at Eldora in Colorado one spring break, but only for a morning.
I also skied Montage Mountain near Scranton one Friday night on a radio station $10 lift ticket promo (thanks Jumpin’ Jeff Walker!) in college & had a good time. Why did we only do that once INSTEAD OF EVERY WEEKEND?! Youth is wasted on the young…
Speaking of Timberline (& Canaan Valley), Corridor H (US 48) is now extended almost to Davis, about 10 miles closer, so that should shorten the drive a bit. I’m hoping it encourages greater infrastructure investment which is the only way I’d go back there.
Almost every other Mid-Atlantic ski area that isn’t in West Virginia is within short distance of the interstate highway system and reside in places where transportation departments (even PennDOT!) see the value of getting drivers to the mountain so they can put money into the local economy.
Skidome.org focuses on the southern Pennsylvania resorts closest to D.C. and has discounts for regular skiers.
According to some (like the NBA; the NHL realized the folly & realigned divisions), DC, Virginia & Maryland are the Southeast. I suppose the case for most of the Old Dominion is fairly strong, but semantics aside, SkiSoutheast has profiles & news of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia & more southern resorts. It’s enthusiastically updated often, a must-read if you want to go to a WV resort or further south.
Can a family ski every Pennsylvania ski area in one season? LiftTicketTV will find out.
Lastly, SkitheEast is more about selling stuff, videos & New England, but still kind of interesting. I was hoping Santa would bring me the skier necktie this Christmas.
Pronounced “shee-ing,” skiing is fast becoming the most popular of all winter sports. And small wonder, for there is no finer conquest than that of a mountain clad in its glorious winter mantle of glittering white.