SKI RESORTS and holiday skiers may be dreaming of a white Christmas but, alas, rain is in the forecast. Fresh snow is scarce, but at most resorts, there are beginner slopes open with lifts operating.

Here's a look at ski resorts within a six-hour drive from Washington:

BIG BOULDER, 225 miles.

LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101.

Four slopes open and two lifts operating. Surface of wet granular, base of 6 to 18 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, six miles away. Snow report: 717/722-0104.

CAMELBACK, 230 miles.

TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661.

Four to five slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface is granular, base of 12 to 36 inches. Snow report: 800/233-8100.

JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles.

WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425.

Six slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface of wet granular, base of 18 to 24 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Big Boulder, six miles away.

MONTAGE, 210 miles.

SCRANTON, PA. 717/969-7669.

Four slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of wet granular, base of six to 18 inches.

SILVER CREEK, 245 miles.

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

Five slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of wet granular, base of 12 to 24 inches.

SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles

FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282.

Two slopes open and two lifts operating. Base of four to 14 inches. Snow report: 800/829-4766.

SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles.

LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631.

One slope open and one lift operating. Surface of wet packed snow, base of three to 24 inches. Santa will be skiing with Bart and Homer Simpson Saturday. Snow report: 800/767-4766.

SNOWSHOE, 245 miles.

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

Thirteen slopes open and five lifts operating. Surface is granular, base of 15 to 26 inches. Snow report: 800/225-5982.

TIMBERLINE FOUR SEASONS RESORT, 180 miles.

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

Three slopes open and one lift operating. Surface of loose granular, base of 18 inches.

WINTERGREEN, 168 miles.

WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200.

One slope open and one lift operating. Surface is machine-worked, base of 18 to 24 inches.