Warm temperatures are expected through the early part of this weekend, with rain forecast for some Pennsylvania Ski resort areas. A phone call could save you a long, fruitless car ride and provide some more time for Christmas shopping.
Here's what the resorts are reporting: BIG BOULDER, 225 miles. LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101.
Despite warm temperatures earlier this week, this resort managed to ski on seven to 11 slopes, using two chairlifts. The graular, machine-made base is a foot to 18 inches deep. Hours: 8:30-4:30. Snow report 717/722-0104. BRYCE MOUNTAIN, 120 miles. BAYSE, VA. 703/856-2121.
Base of one to three feet on one open slope serviced by a chair lift. Packed surface; too warm for snowmaking. CAMELBACK, 230 miles. TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661.
Will open Friday with four or five trails; four lifts as needed. Base is 18 to 36 inches with granular surface. CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles. DAVIS, W. VA. 304/866-4121.
Base is 17 to 29 inches topped by loose and frozen granular surface. Two slopes being used from mid-station area and down only. One lift in use. ELK MOUNTAIN, 260 miles. UNIONDALE, PA. 717/679-2611.
Packed base is five to 22 inches on four open slopes, two of which are expert areas. Rain mixed with snow expected Saturday. Snow report 800/233-4131. HIDDEN VALLEY, 191 miles. SOMERSET, PA. 814/443-6454.
Six- to 24-inch base topped by wet granular surface. Warm conditions have prevented snowmaking and the opening of cross country trails. Five slopes open, three lifts working. JACK FROST, 225 miles. WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425.
Plans to reopen Saturday; Wednesday's warm front melted the fun. MASSANUTTEN, 125 miles. Harrisonburg, Va., 703/289-9441.
Base of 26 to 36 inches topped by machine-groomed granular surface. Beginner's Southern Comfort slope open this weekend from 9 to 4:30. SEVEN SPRINGS, 190 miles. CHAMPION, PA. 814/352-7777.
Base is two to 16 inches in areas where snow is made. Only one to three of 22 slopes open. SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles. FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282.
Four-to 34-inch base topped by wet granular surface on six open slopes; three chairs and a j-bar. Some thin and bare spots. Ski report 800/233-1134. SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles. LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631.
Base of seven to 15 inches on four open slopes; three chairs and a j-bar. Bare and thin spots make for spring conditions. Snow report 800/233-1134. SNOWSHOE, 245 miles. SLATYFORK, W. VA. 304/572-1000 or 304/572-5252.
Reporting deeper base than most areas with 28 to 38 inches of packed powder topped by granular surface. Seven of 34 slopes and trails open; three lifts in use; snow in forecase. Snowmaking when cold enough. Snow report 304/572-info. WINTERGREEN, 168 miles. WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200.
One- to two-foot machine-made base has Potato Patch for beginners and Dobie for novices open 9 to 4:30 days and at night on Friday and Saturday.