Last year at this time, most Mid-Atlantic ski resorts were shut down. This year, many are extending their seasons through the close of March and even into April.
Colder than normal temperatures and several snow-producing storms have allowed resorts to retain and even add to snowpack.
“Conditions are out of this world amazing for mid January let alone the end of March,” writes meteorologist Kyle Dodd for OpenSnow.com’s Mid-Atlantic Daily Snow blog. “Many local areas have extended their seasons for at least the next week so get out there and take advantage of the cheap lift tickets and great conditions.”
Ski Liberty, just over an hour north of Washington, D.C. in southern Pennsylvania, is open through this Saturday.
“Our mountain is 100% open with great spring conditions, all trails open with excellent, edge to edge coverage,” its website says.
Wintergreen Resort, in central Virginia, is closed midweek but plans to open doors both this Saturday as well as Saturday, April 6.
“It is really hard to believe we have this much snow this late in the season,” says The Mountain Message, Wintergreen’s slope report blog.
As Capital Weather Gang’s Rick Grow discussed last week, the overall weather patterns between this year and last year could not be more different over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. A key indicator of the pattern reversal? Just 7.4 percent of the U.S. had snow cover last year – mostly in the Mountain West, whereas almost half of the country has snow on the ground this year, the most in at least the last 10 years. Snow is on the ground in 44 of 50 states.
So far this month over 1741 daily snowfall records have been set or tied compared to just 616 at this time last year.