SKI conditions at the cross-country resorts in West Virginia were the best of the season last weekend. Midweek forecasts of a mixture of snow and rain could help or hurt. Check with the resort before you go.
In other ski news:
The National Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association is sponsoring a Winter Ski Escape at Wisp on Saturday and Sunday. Call Anya McConkey at 543-2877 for more details.
The 12th Pennsylvania Special Olympics Winter Games open Tuesday and continue through March 11 at Shawnee Mountain in Shawnee-on-Delaware. They desperately need volunteers to help out. For more information and the schedule, call 717/424-5774.
Here is a look at ski resorts within a six-hour drive of Washington:
BIG BOULDER, 225 miles.
LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101.
Base of 28 to 46 inches, with a surface of packed powder. Eleven runs open and seven lifts operating. 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 up to 38 inches, with a packed powder surface. Eighteen to 20 trails open and seven lifts operating. Spring festival Saturday.
BRYCE MOUNTAIN, 120 miles.
BASYE, VA. 703/856-2121.
Base of 10 to 40 inches, with a machine-groomed granular surface. Three slopes and three beginner areas open. All lifts operating. NASTAR racing this weekend. Snow report: 703/856-2151.
CAMELBACK, 230 miles.
TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661.
Base of 24 to 60 inches, with a machine-groomed surface. Twenty-five runs open and 10 lifts operating. Dr. Pepper Challenge Series races Saturday, high school races Sunday. Snow report: 800/233-8100.
CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles.
DAVIS, W.VA. 304/866-4121 or 800/225-5982.
Base of 30 to 50 inches, with a packed-powder surface. Eighteen runs open and three lifts operating. Governor's Cup Ski Races Saturday and Sunday. Register for them on the day of the race. Lift ticket rates will be reduced to $16 weekends and $11 weekdays beginning Monday.
ELK MOUNTAIN, 260 miles.
UNIONDALE, PA. 717/679-2611.
Base of 18 to 42 inches, with a surface of packed powder. Fifteen runs open and four lifts operating. Snow report, 800/233-4131.
HIDDEN VALLEY, 191 miles.
SOMERSET, PA. 814/443-6454 or 800/458-0175.
Base of 20 to 40 inches, with a surface of groomed packed powder. Ten runs open and three to four lifts operating. Lift ticketprices cut in half until end of season.
THE HOMESTEAD, 200 miles.
HOT SPRINGS, VA. 703/839-5079.
Base of 25 to 70 inches, surface of machine-made powder. Seven slopes open and four lifts operating. Night skiing and ice skating seven days a week.
JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles.
WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425.
Base of 30 to 70 inches, with a surface of packed powder. Nineteen runs open and seven lifts operating. Reciprocal lift tickets with Big Boulder, 6 miles away.
SEVEN SPRINGS, 190 miles.
CHAMPION, PA. 814/352-7777 or 800/458-2313.
Base of 10 to 38 inches, with a packed-powder surface. Twenty-eight runs open and 14 lifts operating.
SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN, 210 miles.
SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA. 717/421-7231.
Base of 25 to 65 inches, with a surface of machine-packed powder. Twenty-two runs open and five to six lifts operating. Snow report: 800/742-9633.
SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles
FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282.
Base of 31 to 41 inches, with a loose granular surface. Fourteen runs open and five lifts operating. Snowboarding will be allowed weekdays and Sunday through Thursday nights. Boarders must be certified by the ski school. Retention straps will be required. Snow report: 800/233-1134.
SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles.
LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631.
Base of 46 to 56 inches, with a surface of packed powder and frozen granular. Thirteen runs open and eight lifts operating. Spring carnival this weekend. Snow report: 800/233-1134.
WHITE GRASS TOURING CENTER, 188 miles.
CANAAN VALLEY, W.VA. 304/866-4114.
Thirty-five kilometers of trails open, with 15 kilometers with machine-groomed powder. Base of four to 12 inches. Twenty-five kilometer race Sunday. Register the day of the race.
WINTERGREEN, 168 miles.
WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200.
Base of 28 to 76 inches, with a groomed surface. Twelve slopes open five lifts operating. Winter Carnival this weekend, with activities, entertainment, and discount rates for groups. Special ski packages, including accommodations, available.