The skiers are coming down from the mountaintops with a new word on their lips: "I just love this spring skiing," said a Laurel Mountain enthusiast. This, when the mercury is bouncing between 25 and 35, snow is falling and wool socks are still de rigueur But to the skier, springtime need not wait until March 22; it is here. Bryce, for instance, has already announced its "spring ski madness" season, featuring $15 lift tickets for adults and $10 for children -- weekends only. Alice Trowbridge came back from a Utah jaunt, telling of warm weather and folks in light sweaters. It'll be a while before the daisies show; but not long.

CAMELBACK -- Tannersville, Pa., 230 miles. The annual Peugeot races begin Friday with qualifying races here and at other resorts; finals on Saturday. Flurries. Weekend snow expected. Base, 35i to 70i. Twenty-two trails and 10 chair lifts are in operation. Night skiing, 5 to 10. Vertical drop, 800f. 717/629-1661.

LAUREL MOUNTAIN -- Boswell, Pa., 190 miles. Eight inches of natural snow. The base is 8i to 30i in snow-making areas, 4i to 12i in natural-snow areas. Packed-powder surface. A dozen slopes, one chair lift, one poma lift and one rope tow are available. Night skiing, 4:30 to 10:30. 412/238-6688.

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Champion, Pa., 190 miles. Six inches of new white stuff. On natural-snow slopes, the base is 4i to 8i; in snow-making areas, 24i to 54i, a sharp increase. Packed-powder surface. Nine lifts, three rope tows and 16 trails open on weekends. Asked to describe the conditions, a spokesman said, "We're not allowed to give out adjectives." Night skiing until 11. Vertical drop, 997f. 814/352-7777.

SKI LIBERTY -- Fairfield, Pa., 65 miles. The base is 22i to 42i, down slightly; granular surface. All 14 trails, three double chairlifts, one rope tow and a quad on line. Night skiing, on most of the mountain, from 5 to 10; backside of mountain closes at 9:30. Vertical drop, 575f. 717/642-8282.

SKI ROUNDTOP -- Lewisberry, Pa., 121 miles. An inch of natural snow. The base, 26i to 46i, increased slightly. Packed-powder and loose granular surface. Eleven trails, five lifts and one J-bar operating. Night skiing, 6 to 10. Vertical drop, 600f. 800/233-1134.

SNOWSHOE -- Snowshoe, W.Va., 245 miles. One new inch and still falling. The minimum base is up another five inches at 30i to 45i. Groomed granular surface. Twenty trails and six lifts are open. Cupcake, Grab Hammer and Knot Bumper are closed. Temperature hovering in the 20s and 30s.

WISP -- Oakland, Md., 195 miles. Two to three inches of fresh snow. The average base dropped two inches, to 8i to 28i. Natural powder surface. All 16 trails and five lifts open. Vertical drop, 610f. 301/387-5503.