IF YOU MISSED the free learn-to-ski day last week, you can still qualify for the discounts on lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals offered to beginning skiers. Sign up for the discounts at your local ski shop. The coupons are good through February 7.
An addition to the ski report this week is Mountain Lake, a Blue Ridge resort near Roanoke with 20 kilometers of cross-country trails on its 2,600 acres. (Mountain Lake's half-century-old stone hotel was used as the setting in the hit movie "Dirty Dancing.") The resort will pay tribute to the movie with a "Dirty Dancing" weekend January 29 and 30. Some dancers from the movie will present a floor show. Other activities will include a dance contest and games.
Here's a look at ski resorts within a six-hour drive of Washington:
BIG BOULDER, 225 miles.
LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101.
Base of 26 to 36 inches, surface of packed powder. Eleven trails and seven lifts open. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, 6 miles away. Snow report: 717/722-0104.
BLUE KNOB, 150 miles.
CLAYSBURG, PA. 814/239-5111.
Base of 16 to 32 inches, surface of packed powder. Twelve to 14 trails and slopes open. Seven lifts operating.
CAMELBACK, 230 miles.
TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661.
Base of 36 to 72 inches, surface of machine-groomed and packed powder. All slopes and lifts open. Snow report: 800/233-8100.
CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles.
DAVIS, W.VA. 304/866-4121 or 800/225-5982.
Base of 15 to 35 inches, surface of loose granular. Eleven trails and three lifts open.
CRANBERRY NORDIC CENTER, 225 miles.
MARLINTON, W.VA. 304/572-3771.
Base of 6 to 12 inches, surface of packed powder. Sixty kilometers of trails open. Backcountry Weekend program features backcountry ski tours and snowshoe demonstrations. Snow report: 800/225-5982.
ELK MOUNTAIN, 260 miles.
UNIONDALE, PA. 717/679-2611
Base of 10 to 36 inches, surface of packed powder. Twelve trails and slopes, four lifts open and operating. Snow report, 800/233-4131.
ELK RIVER TOURING CENTER, 225 miles.
SLATYFORK, W.VA. 304/572-3771
Base of 4 to 12 inches, surface of packed powder. Fifteen kilometers of set track, 30 kilometers of trails open. Skating oval open for cross-country training. Night skiing from 7 to 9 p.m. Snow report: 800/225-5982.
HIDDEN VALLEY, 191 miles.
SOMERSET, PA. 814/443-6454 or 800/458-0174.
Base of 8 to 30 inches, surface of granular powder. Ten trails open; five lifts operating.
THE HOMESTEAD, 200 miles.
HOT SPRINGS, VA. 703/839-5079.
Base of 15 to 35 inches, with a surface of machine-made powder. Seven slopes open; four lifts operating.
JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles.
WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425.
Base of 20 to 48 inches, surface of packed powder. Nineteen slopes open; four lifts operating. Reciprocal lift tickets with Big Boulder, 6 miles away.
LAUREL MOUNTAIN, 190 miles.
BOSWELL, PA. 412/238-6688.
Base of 5 to 20 inches, surface of packed powder. Three slopes open; two lifts operating. Snow report: 412/238-4460.
MASSANUTTEN, 125 miles.
HARRISONBURG, VA. 703/289-9441.
Base of 24 to 50 inches, surface of machine-worked wet granular. Five slopes open; four lifts operating.
MOUNTAIN LAKE, 270 miles.
MOUNTAIN LAKE, VA. 703/626-7121 or 800/346-3334.
Base of 5 inches of natural snow. Fifteen kilometers of machine-groomed trails open.
SEVEN SPRINGS, 190 miles.
CHAMPION, PA. 814/352-7777 or 800/458-2313.
Base of 8 to 42 inches, surface of packed powder. Twelve trails and 16 slopes open; all lifts operating.
SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles
FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282.
Base of 27 to 42 inches, surface of packed powder. Eleven slopes open; five lifts operating. Winter carnival of races, games and live entertainment Saturday through Monday. Snow report: 800/233-1134.
SNOWSHOE, 245 miles.
SLATYFORK, W.VA. 304/572-1000.
Base of 28 to 42 inches, surface of groomed packed powder. Twenty-five slopes open; six lifts operating. Snow report: 800/225-5982.
WINTERGREEN, 168 miles.
WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200.
Base of 24 to 72 inches, with a groomed surface. Seven trails and five lifts open.