THE SNOWFALL that blitzed the Washington area on Veterans Day may have ensnarled motorists, stranded schoolchildren and strained relations, but it brought smiles to the faces of skiers. The foot-plus snow gave the region's resorts an assist in building a deep base on the trails and was a good omen for an above-average winter of snow.

"The odds are that when we get an early unusually heavy snowfall in November the winters tend to be snowy winters," says Bob Ryan, weatherman for WMAL-AM (630) and WRC-TV-4.

But, Ryan cautions: "The pattern that is shaping up now is one of high variability, that is shots of cold air and mild air. If that pattern continues, we might have a snowy winter with quite a bit of variation" in temperatures.

The early snowfall and the recent cold wave helped the resorts' snow-making efforts, and some ambitious resorts in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are planning to be open for skiing this weekend. Call the numbers listed below for more information.

While the winter weather outlook is only an expectation, what is a certainty is that the prices of ski lift tickets continue to slip upward.

Wintergreen became the first area slope to hit -- and cross -- the $30-a-day mark. Weekend and holiday tickets will be $31 there, just $5 cheaper than the best western slopes charge. Most area resorts raised their lift fees by $1 to $3, pushing many of them close to the $30 level.

January 8 should be marked on the calendar of skiers-to-be. That day is National Learn to Ski Day, and most area resorts will offer a free ski lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment to beginners. The novices will get discounts on lessons, rentals and lift tickets through February 7. You'll have to make your reservations at the ski resort first. Check your local ski shop for more details or call 800/888-6754.

Here is what's new at other area ski resorts:

Timberline in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, has added a new trail known as "The Drop." It's rated as double black diamond and is considered a slope for experts. Timberline has also added a new restaurant, a pub and a children's ski program.

Shawnee Mountain in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania, has added two new trails, the 1,500-foot-long Bennekill and the 4,000-foot-long Bushkill. Both are rated "more difficult." Shawnee also has added a double chairlift, expanded their lodges and improved lighting and snowmaking capability.

The Homestead will begin offering nighttime skiing this year.

Montage in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has opened its North Face Complex with three new trails. Two of the new trails are rated double black diamonds, extremely difficult, and the third a black diamond, advanced. Montage has also added a new quad lift and expanded snowmaking and lighting to all trails.

Cross-country and telemark skiing appear to be picking up in popularity. (Telemark skiing is a combination of the regular cross-country trails and some downhill skiing.) In past years, ski shops sold the Nordic skis only to hard-core enthusiasts or after a heavy snowfall. Now, says Ski Chalet's Wilbur McBay, "cross-country skis are selling even before the season begins."

Elk River Touring Center in Slatyfork, West Virginia, is adding a "skating" school for its Nordic skiers. "Skating" is the term used to describe the new technique popularized in international Nordic ski races. It resembles the weaving push-and-lift motion used by long-distance ice skaters.

If you can't wait for the first snow, hit the ski decks at the Aspen Hill Racquet Club and Fitness Center. The center has two decks -- one stationary and the other revolving like a giant treadmill. The stationary deck is a ski slope of short-pile plush carpet, 26 feet long and about 20 feet wide, with a 15-degree pitch. The revolving deck is 16 feet wide and can elevate from the level position for cross-country skiers to a steep 19-degree pitch. The treadmill carpet can move up to 13 miles per hour. The first lesson is free; subsequent lessons are $19 a half-hour with packages that reduce the cost. Lessons are taught by teachers certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Equipment is available, but you may prefer to bring your own gear. The center is at 14501 Homecrest Road, Silver Spring (598-5200).

Pennsylvania has a new 800 number to call for skiing conditions at the resorts in the state, starting December 15: 800/847-4872, ext. 274. You can also order a free brochure on the Pennsylvania ski and winter sports areas and other activities from the same number. West Virginia's snow number is 800/225-5982. The Ski Chalet has an information number for area resorts. Call 521-7777. Weekend's weekly Ski Report resumes with our Christmas Day issue.THE RESORTS

Here is a quick look at the resorts within a two- to six-hour drive of Washington:

ALPINE LAKE, 190 miles.

TERRA ALTA, W. VA. 304/789-2481. FACILITIES:

400 feet vertical; 3 slopes, 3 cross country, 33 percent beginner, 33 percent intermediate, 33 percent expert; longest run, 2,200 feet. Two bars and 1 tow. 100 percent snowmaking. Ski area open only on weekends, holidays and Christmas week.

LIFT TICKETS:

$12 weekends, $6 for children. Saturday nights, $8 adults, $4 children. Group discounts.

SKI SCHOOL:

Graduated Length Method (GLM). Group lessons $5. Private lessons $15.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Lodging for more than 100 people, hot tubs and sauna, Olympic-size pool. No nursery. Nearby: cabins and motels within 5 miles. Ski area open only on weekends, holidays and Christmas week.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-70 west to U.S. 40 west to U.S. 48 to Route 219 south to Oakland, west on Route 39/7 to Terra Alta, follow signs to area.

BIG BOULDER, 225 miles.

LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101. FACILITIES:

475 feet vertical; 11 slopes and trails, 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 2,900 feet. 7 chairs. Lift capacity 8,200 people per hour. Snowmaking 100 percent.

LIFT TICKETS:

$20 weekdays, $27 weekends. Weeknights, $15, weekend nights, $20. Children 6 to 10, $15 anytime. Children under 6 free with adult. Seniors 62 to 69, $5; 70 and older are free. Group and package discounts.

SKI SCHOOL:

American Teaching System (ATS), GLM. Special classes for freestyle and children. Group lessons $12 for 1 1/2 hours. Private lessons $25, $15 for each additional person.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: 2 cafeterias, 2 bars, free nursery, 178 townhouses and condos. Nearby: 34 motels, many restaurants, 30 bars. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, 6 miles away. Ski report: 717/722-0104.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 north to I-695 to I-83 north to I-81 to I-80, east to Lake Harmony (exit 43); then Route 115 south to Route 903 and follow signs.

BLACKWATER NORDIC CENTER, 180 miles.

DAVIS, W. VA. 304/259-5511. FACILITIES:

30 kilometers of cross-country trails with track set as needed. Rentals available. Headlamp night tours upon request, $5. Sledding area with lift. (Lift also available for Telemark skiers).

AREA USE FEE:

Free, inside Black Water Falls State Park. Lift ticket is $3 for skiers not staying in park.

SKI SCHOOL:

Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Group lessons $10, 1 1/2 hours. Telemark lessons group $12 per 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $15 per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Trailside: Black Water Lodge, 55 rooms, 25 cabins. restaurant, bar. Mid-week packages. Nearby: 1,000 beds within 15 miles in Davis.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 to Strasburg and I-81 north to U.S. 50 west to West Virginia Route 93 west to Route 32 south in Davis to Black Water Falls access road and ski area.

BLUE KNOB, 150 miles.

CLAYSBURG, PA. 814/239-5111. FACILITIES:

1,052 feet vertical; 18 slopes and trails, 20 percent beginner, 60 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 9,200 feet. 4 chairs, 2 platter pulls and 1 T-bar. Lift capacity 5,000 people/hour. Snowmaking 85 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$20 weekdays, $24 weekends, $14 nights for adults; $14, $18 and $10 for children.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS, GLM. Special classes for racing, freestyle, powder and children. Group lessons $12 for 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $25.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, bar, nursery, 40 rooms and 196 rental condominiums. Nearby: 3,000 rooms within 20 miles.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Breezewood, Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Bedford (exit 11), then Route 220 north to Route 869 and follow signs to resort.

BRYCE MOUNTAIN, 120 miles.

BASYE, VA. 703/856-2121. FACILITIES:

500 feet vertical; 4 slopes and trails, 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert; longest run 3,500 feet. 2 chairs, 2 tows. Lift capacity 3,500 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$17 weekdays, $27 weekends, $10 nights. Senior citizens, children under 14, $15 weekdays, $20 weekends, $10 nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS, GLM. Special classes for racing. Group lessons $11 for 1 1/2 hours. Private lessons $27.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, bar, 150 townhouses, chalets and apartments. Snow report, 703/856-2151.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 to I-81 south to exit 69 to Mount Jackson to Route 263 west; go 11 miles to Basye and ski area.

CAMELBACK, 230 miles.

TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661. FACILITIES:

800 feet vertical; 25 slopes and trails, 40 percent novice, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 5,500 feet, 10 chairs, 1 J-bar. Lift capacity 14,500 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. Cross-country trails nearby.

LIFT TICKETS:

$25 weekdays, $29 weekends, $18 nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

GLM. Special classes for racing and children. Group lessons $12 for 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $30 per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: 3 cafeterias, 3 bars, nursery, no lodging. Nearby: 5,000 beds, many restaurants and bars. Snow report 800/233-8100.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 north to I-695 to I-83 north to I-81 to I-80; east on I-80 to Tannersville (exit 45) and follow signs.

CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles.

DAVIS, W. VA. 304/866-4121 and 800/225-5982. FACILITIES:

850 feet vertical; 21 slopes and trails, 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert; longest run 6,500 feet. 3 chairs, 1 poma. Lift capacity 6,000 people/hour. Snowmaking 80 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$15 weekdays, $23 weekends and holidays. Children under 12, $13 weekdays, $18 weekends. Weekday nights $11, weekend nights, $14. Children weekday nights $8.

SCHOOL:

ATS, PSIA, Telemark lessons. Special classes for children. Group lessons $10 per hour. Private lessons $25 per hour. Certified instruction for blind and handicapped skiers.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, bar, nursery. Free shuttle bus to 250 rooms.

DIRECTIONS:

I-270 to Cumberland, then U.S. 220 at U.S. 50 West to Route 93 south to Davis, then Route 32 south to ski; or Take I-66 west to Strasburg, Va. to Route 55 west to Harman, W. Va., then Route 32 north.

CRANBERRY NORDIC CENTER, 225 miles.

MARLINTON, W. VA. 304/572-3771 FACILITIES:

Open only on weekends and holidays. Nordic ski area, with 120 kilometers of trials in nearby Cranberry Glades Back Country and Wilderness Area. There are 20 kilometers of machine-groomed trails.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA. Cross-country group lessons $10 for 1 1/4 hours; private $20 per 1 1/4 hours. Semi-private Telemark lessons $16 per hour; private $25 per hour.

TRAIL USE FEE:

$3.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Visitors center serves as warming hut, snack bar and ski shop. Nearby: Lodging for 4,000 five miles away at Snowshoe and in Marlinton. Snow report: 800/225-5982.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to I-81 to Bridgewater to Route 42, south to Goshen, west on West Virginia Highway 39 west to Marlinton, south on U.S. 219 to Mill Point, then west on Route 39 six miles to the center.

DOE MOUNTAIN, 155 miles.

MACUNGIE, PA. 215/682-7109. FACILITIES:

500 feet vertical; 10 slopes and trails, 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 4,700 feet. 4 chairs, 2 tows, 1 T-bar. Lift capacity 3,600 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. Lighting 100 percent of slopes and trails.

LIFT TICKETS:

$20 weekdays, $23 weekends and holidays, $14 nights. Senior citizens, children 6 to 10 $12 anytime. Children under 5 $2. Group discounts.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $10 for 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $30. Organized group rates.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, bar-restaurant. Snack bar on mountain top. Motel with 14 rooms. Ski report: 215/682-7107.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 North to Wilmington, then Route 202 north to Route 100 north to Hereford, junction of Route 29. At junction of routes 29 and 100, turn left onto country road, go 5 miles to resort entrance.

ELK MOUNTAIN, 260 miles.

UNIONDALE, PA. 717/679-2611. FACILITIES:

1,000 feet vertical; 17 slopes and trails, 30 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 40 percent expert; longest run 8,800 feet. 5 chairs. Lift capacity 5,200 people/hour. Snowmaking 98 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$19 weekdays, $25 weekends. Weekday nights, $14, weekend nights, $15. Children 5 and under ski free. Half-day rates. Group and first-time skier discount packages.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Special classes for freestyle, racing, children. Group lessons $11 for 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $28.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: restaurant, bar, babysitting, no lodging. Nearby: 50 motels and a variety of restaurants and bars. Snow report, 800/233-4131.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 north to I-695 to I-83 north to I-81 to Lenoxville (exit 63) to Route 374 and follow signs.

ELK RIVER TOURING CENTER, 225 miles.

SLATYFORK, W. VA. 304/572-3771 FACILITIES:

Nordic ski area, with 40 kilometers of trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers in the Monongahela National Forest. There are also 30 kilometers of machine-groomed trails and two kilometers of lighted paths for night skiing.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA. Cross-country group lessons $10 for 1 1/4 hours; private $20 per 1 1/4 hours. Semi-private Telemark lessons $16 per hour; private $25 per hour.

TRAIL USE FEE:

$5 per day. Ski rentals $10 per day.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: dining room, bed and breakfast for 20, ski shop, hot tub. Nearby: Lodging for 4,000 five miles away at Snowshoe and in Marlinton. Snow report: 800/225-5982.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to I-81 to Bridgewater to Route 42, south to Goshen, west on West Virginia Highway 39 west to Marlinton and north on U.S. 219 to ski area.

HIDDEN VALLEY, 191 miles.

SOMERSET, PA. 814/443-6454 or 800/458-0174. FACILITIES:

511 feet vertical; 11 slopes and trails, 25 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 3,600 feet. 5 chairs, 1 tow. Lift capacity 10,000 people/hour. Snowmaking and lighting 90 percent of area. 50 kilometers of cross country trails.

LIFT TICKETS:

$16 weekdays, $23 weekends, $8 weekday nights, $11 weekend nights. Children 12 and under $10 weekdays, $13 weekends, $8 weekday nights, $11 weekend nights, children 5 and under ski free. Offers weekday packages.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $10 for 1 1/2 hours; private $24 per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, indoor pool, sauna, racquetball, 2 bars, nursery, conference center, 500 rooms. Nearby: lodging for 3,000. Packages available.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Breezewood, to Pennsylvania Turnpike to Somerset (exit 10) and Route 31, west 12 miles.

THE HOMESTEAD, 200 miles.

HOT SPRINGS, VA. 703/839-5079. FACILITIES:

700 feet vertical; 6 slopes and 3 trails, 34 percent beginner, 33 percent intermediate, 33 percent expert; longest run 4,200 feet. One chair, 2 bars, 1 tow. Lift capacity 2,200 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. Cross country skiing on the golf course, when snow permits.

LIFT TICKETS:

$15 weekdays, $24 weekends. Night skiing $10 weekdays, $12 weekends and holidays. Half-day discounts. Children 12 and under are discounted. Resort has ski packages.

SKI SCHOOL:

GLM. ATS. Austrian. Group lessons $10 per hour, private $30. Group lessons for children 12 and under $6.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: restaurant, 1,100-bed hotel that is rated a 5-star resort by the Mobil Travel Guide. The resort has an indoor pool, movie theater, nightclub, bowling alley, health spa and shops. Near the slop is an Olympic-size skating rink. Motels, inns and restaurants nearby.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 to I-81 to Route 257, west to Bridgewater to Route 42 into Route 39, south on Route 220.

JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles.

WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425. FACILITIES:

600 feet vertical; 19 slopes and trails, 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert; longest run 3,300 feet. 7 chairs. Lift capacity 7,600 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. Cross country: 30 kilometers of trails.

LIFT TICKETS:

$20 weekdays, $27 weekends. Children, 6 and under, free. Seniors 62 to 69, $5 anytime; 70 and older are free. Cross country trail fee, $5.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS, GLM. Special classes for racing, freestyle, children. Group lessons $12 for 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $25. Nordic group lessons: $12 (include trails fee).

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, bar, free babysitter service, 150 rental units. Nearby: 16 motels and 12 bars. Reciprocal lift ticket with Big Boulder, 6 miles away. Special programs for handicapped and blind skiers.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 north to I-695 to I-83 north to I-81 east to I-80 east and exit at 42 to Route 940 for 3 1/2 miles.

LAUREL MOUNTAIN, 190 miles.

BOSWELL, PA. 412/238-6688. FACILITIES:

900 feet vertical; 17 slopes and trails, 41 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 24 percent expert; longest run 5,800 feet. One chair, 1 rope tow. Lift capacity 2,000 people/hour. Snowmaking 70 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$14 weekdays, $20 weekends, $14 weekday nights, $16 weekend nights. Children 12 and under, $7 weekdays, $11 weekends, $7 weeknights, $9 weekend nights. Super Sunday nights all tickets $7. Monday, day-only, $7 tickets. Tuesday family night, $7.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $8 for 1 hour, private lessons $20.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, 1 bar, no lodging. Nearby: restaurants, bars, lodging in Ligonier, Jennerstown, Johnstown, Somerset and Greensburg. Snow report: 412/238-4460.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Breezewood, the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Somerset, to U.S. 219 north to Route 30 west and follow signs to area.

MASSANUTTEN, 125 miles.

HARRISONBURG, VA. 703/289-9441. FACILITIES:

795 feet vertical; 9 slopes and trails, 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced; longest run 4,300 feet. 4 chairs, 1 J-bar. Lift capacity 5,200 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$17 weekdays, $27 weekends, $13 nights. Active military, children 12 and under, and adults 65 and over; $13 weekdays, $22 weekends, $10 nights. Children 4 and younger are free with paying adult.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA, ATS. Group lessons $12 per 1 1/4 hours. Private lessons $25. Children's SKIwee and NASTAR racing classes available.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, 1 bar. Indoor sports complex, pool, saunas, hot tubs, entertainment. Rental condominiums available. Other lodging in Harrisonburg.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 to U.S. 29 to U.S. 33 west to Route 644 and entrance; or take I-66 to I-81 south to exit 64-E on Route 33 east for about 10 miles to Route 644 and entrance.

MONTAGE, 210 miles.

SCRANTON, PA. 717/969-7669 FACILITIES:

1,000 feet vertical; 18 slopes and trails, 20 percent beginners, 40 percent intermediate, 40 percent expert; longest run 6,500 feet. 5 chairs. Lift capacity 8,100 per hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$19 weekdays, $26 weekends and holidays, $14 weeknight, $15 weeknights. Children 6 and under, seniors 62 and older, 50 percent discount.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA, ATS. Classes for handicapped, racing, freestyle, children. Group lessons, $10 for 1 1/2 hours, $25 private per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, bar, babysitter, ski shop, rentals, school. No lodging. Nearby: 20 hotels and motels with 2,200 rooms within three miles. Equipped for slalom and downhill racing. No cross country. Ski report: 800/847-7669.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 to I-83 north to I-81 north and exit right on Davis Street (north on Exit 51) and on to Montage Mountain Road three miles to ski area.

SEVEN SPRINGS, 190 miles.

CHAMPION, PA. 814/352-7777 or 800/458-2313. FACILITIES:

970 feet vertical; 27 slopes and trails, 15 percent beginner, 65 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 4,880 feet. Ten regular and 1 quad chair, 3 tows. Lift capacity 20,400 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$23 weekdays, $28 weekends and holidays, $15 nights. Children under 12: $15 weekdays, $22 weekends and holidays, $13 nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Special classes for racing, freestyle, juniors and children. Group lessons $13 per 1 1/2 hours, private lessons $30.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: 11 restaurants/bars, babysitter service, lodging for 2,500 people. Indoor swimming pool, health spa, racquetball/handball courts, shops, roller skating and more. No credit cards honored. Nearby: lodging in Somerset and Donegal. Slopes equipped for slalom and downhill racing.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Breezewood, the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Somerset (exit 10), Route 31 west 17 miles and follow signs.

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN, 210 miles.

SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE, PA. 717/421-7231. FACILITIES:

700 feet vertical; 22 slopes and trails, 35 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 5,100 feet. 8 double chairs. Lift capacity 9,600 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. 3 kilometers of cross-country skiing with 1 kilometer of snowmaking area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$25 weekdays, $28 weekends and holidays, $17 nights. Multi-day and other rates available.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons, $12 for 1 1/2 hours; private lessons $28.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: 2 cafeterias, deli, 3 bars. Nearby: lodging available; dorm-type lodging on premises; indoor pool nearby. Ski report: 800/742-9633. 800/SHAWNEE for accommodations.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-83 to Harrisburg; Route 22 East to Route 33 north into I-80 to Marshalls Creek (exit 52) and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

SILVER CREEK, 245 miles.

SLATYFORK, W. VA. 304/572-4000 or 800/624-2119. FACILITIES:

650 feet vertical; 10 slopes; 10 percent beginner, 90 percent intermediate; longest run 4,400 feet. 3 chairs. Lift capacity 4,300 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area. NASTAR racing daily. No night skiing.

LIFT TICKETS:

$13 weekdays, $26 weekends. Children under 7 ski free. Half-day discounts and group rates. Packages available.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Special classes in NASTAR racing. Group lessons $12 for 1 hour. Private lessons $25 an hour. SKIwee programs for children and handicapped programs.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: deli, restaurant, bar, babysitting, laundry service in selected areas, indoor/outdoor heated pool, ice skating rink, 238 condominiums. Free child-care midweek. Motels and restaurants nearby. Reservations 800/624- 2119.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to I-81 south to Bridgewater to Route 42, south to Goshen, west on West Virginia Highway 39 to Marlinton and 26 miles north on U.S. 219 to area.

SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles

FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282. FACILITIES:

600 feet vertical; 14 slopes and trails, 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert; longest run 5,300 feet. 3 chairs, 1 quad and a J-bar. Lift capacity 6,800 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$23 weekdays, $27 weekends, $16 weekday nights, $18 weekend nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Special classes for children. Group lessons $12, private lessons $26. Videotaping of your efforts available. NASTAR slalom competition Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends at 2 p.m. Other discounts available. Special clinics for mentally disabled available.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, restaurant, 2 bars, nursery; 42 rooms, 18 rental condo units. Nearby: Lodging referral service (717/642-8288). Snow report: 800/233-1134 or 800/423-0227.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Frederick, then U.S. 15 to Route 140 west to Pa. Route 16 and 116 east.

SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles.

LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631. FACILITIES:

600 feet vertical; 13 slopes and trails, 40 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert; longest run 4,100 feet. 5 double, 1 triple chair, 2 J-bars. Lift capacity 8,000 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$21 weekdays; $25 weekends, $16 weekday nights, $17 weekend nights. Kids five years and under and seniors 70 and older ski free.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $14 for 1 hour, private lessons $26. NASTAR slalom competition Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, nursery, no lodging. Nearby: more than 20 hotels and motels, 7 bars and lounges. Group and package rates. Snow report 800/233-1134.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-95 north to I-695 to I-83; get off at Newberrytown (exit 13), take Route 382 west to Route 177 south. Turn right at next crossroad and follow signs.

SNOWSHOE, 245 miles.

SLATYFORK, W. VA. 304/572-1000. FACILITIES:

1,500 feet vertical; 30 slopes and trails; 32 percent beginner, 23 percent intermediate, 21 percent advanced, 24 percent expert; longest run 7,500 feet. 7 chairs. Lift capacity 10,700 people/hour. Snowmaking 95 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$24 weekday, $29 weekends and holidays. Juniors 8 to 12, $14 weekdays, $17 weekends. Children 7 and under free.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Special classes for racing, free-style and children. Group lessons $15 for 2 hours, private $32 per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, 8 restaurants, 4 bars, nursery, 1,000 rental condos, 200 rooms, additional rental apartments. Motels and restaurants nearby. Ski report: 800/CALL-WVA or 304/572-INFO.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to I-81 south to Bridgewater to Route 42, south to Goshen, west on West Virginia Highway 39 to Marlinton and 26 miles north on U.S. 219 to area.

TIMBERLINE FOUR SEASONS RESORT, 180 miles.

DAVIS, W. VA. 304/866-4801 or 800/843-1751. FACILITIES:

1,084 feet vertical; 12 slopes and trails; 50 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; longest run 10,640 feet. One triple chair; 1 T-bar; 2 surface lifts; lift capacity 3,000 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

Weekday $16; weekends and holidays, $25. Weeknights, $10, weekend nights, $14. Children 6 and under ski free.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons, $12 for 1 1/2 hours; private lessons $8 an hour. Lessons for children and disabled.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: 1 restaurant, 1 bar. Ten homes and 22 condominiums available. Eight restaurants and 600 motel roomswithin 15 minutes.

DIRECTIONS:

I-270 to Cumberland, then U.S. 220 at U.S. 50 West to Route 93 south to Davis, then Route 32 south to ski; or Take I-66 west to Strasburg, Va. to Route 55 west to Harman, W. Va., then Route 32 north.

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, 180 miles.

BOALSBURG, PA. 814/466-6810. FACILITIES:

500 feet vertical; 8 slopes and trails; 20 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 40 percent advance. Longest run, 5,200 feet. One quad chair, 2 T-bars, 1 poma. Lift capacity 5,400 people/hour. 100 percent snowmaking.

LIFT TICKETS:

$15 weekdays, $22 weekends. Children 10 and younger ski for $3 less; seniors 65 to 70 ski for half-price; over 70, ski free.

SKI SCHOOL:

Group lessons $8 for 1 hour; private lessons $18 for 1 1/2 hours.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: restaurant, 2 bars, cafeteria and a nursery, open on weekends. Nearby: 2,000 rooms within 5 miles at Penn State.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-83 north to U.S. 322 and follow signs to Tussey Mountain.

WHITE GRASS TOURING CENTER, 188 miles.

CANNAN VALLEY, W. VA. 304/866-4114. FACILITIES:

1,100 feet vertical; 50 kilometers of maintained cross crounty ski trails; 20 kilometers are machine groomed, night touring using headlamps and moonlight. "Trees-on-Skis," "Stars on Skis," Inn-to-Inn trips and other educational programs by reservation.

AREA USE FEE:

$5 weekends, $3 weekday, night tour upon request $5.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA. Group lessons $10 for 1 1/2 hours, private $20 per hour. Telemark lessons $12 group 1 1/2 hours, private $20 per hour.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Trailside: Day lodge, natural foods cafe with live music, ski shop, beer bar. Nearby: 1,000 beds within 15 miles, restaurants and bars. Ski Report: 800/CALL-WVA.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 to I-81 north at Strasburg to U.S. 50 west to W. Va. Route 93 west to Route 32 south past Davis into Cannan Valley. Take Freeland Road east to ski area.

WINTERGREEN, 168 miles.

WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200. FACILITIES:

1,003 feet vertical; 10 slopes and trails, 30 percent beginner, 20 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced, 20 percent expert; longest run 4,200 feet. 5 chairs. Lift capacity: 6,400 people/hour. Line limits strictly enforced. Snowmaking 100 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$21 weekdays; $31 weekends and holidays; weekday nights $14, weekend nights, $17. Children under 13, $17 weekdays, $26 weekends, $12 weeknights, $15 weekend nights. Under 5, $13 weekdays, $19 weekends, $10 weekday nights, $12 weekend nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

PSIA, ATS. Group lessons $13 for 1 1/2 hours, private $37.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, nursery, 400 rental homes and condominiums, indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs and exercise room. Nearby: motels in Waynesboro, 40 minutes away and Charlottesville, 45 minutes away. Ski report: 804/325-2100.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to U.S. 29 south to Charlottesville, then I-64 west to U.S. 250 (Crozet exit); then west to Route 6 east and turn left. About 8.7 miles later, turn right on Route 151; 5.4 miles later, turn onto Route 664 and go 4 1/2 miles to entrance.

WINTERPLACE, 275 miles.

GHENT, W. VA. 304/787-3221. FACILITIES:

603 feet vertical; 21 slopes and trails, 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert; longest run 6,500 feet. 3 chairs; 1 tow. Lift capacity 5,500 people/hour. Snowmaking 100 percent.

LIFT TICKETS:

Adults $20 weekdays, $27 weekends and holidays. Weekday nights $15, weekend nights $20. Multi-day, package, group rates and combination tickets available.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $10 for 1 1/2 hours. Private lessons $25.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: restaurant, cafeteria, lounge, nursery and 36 condominiums. Hotels, motels and restaurants within 15-mile radius.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-66 west to I-81 south to I-64 west; Route 12 south to Alderson then Route 3 west to Shady Spring to U.S. 19 south. Follow U.S. 19 10 miles, resort on right side one-half mile past I-77.

WISP RESORT, 185 miles.

OAKLAND, MD. 301/387-5581. FACILITIES:

610 feet vertical; 23 slopes and trails, 20 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert; longest run 2 miles. 5 chairs, 2 tows, 1 poma. Lift capacity 9,100 people/hour. Snowmaking 90 percent of area.

LIFT TICKETS:

$19 weekdays, $26 weekends, $14 weeknights, $19 Saturday nights. Children under 12, $12 weekdays, $17 weekends, $10 weeknights, $12 Saturday nights.

SKI SCHOOL:

ATS. Group lessons $9.50 for 1 1/2 hours, private lesson $29.50.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Slopeside: cafeteria, 2 restaurants, bar, 169-room lodge, dorm, and indoor pool. 14 motels nearby.

DIRECTIONS:

Take I-270 to Hancock, then west on U.S. 40 to U.S. 48 to U.S. 219 south to Deep Creek Lake and follow signs.