TEMPERATURES are dropping, the snow guns are blowing and natural snow is in the forecast. A great ski season is on the way.

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

BIG BOULDER, 225 miles.

LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101.

Six to seven slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface of machine-made, packed powder, base of 6 to 18 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, 6 miles away. Snow report: 717/722-0104. BLUE KNOB, 150 miles.

CLAYSBURG, PA. 814/239-5111.

Two slopes open and one lift operating. Surface of packed powder, base of 36 inches. Snow report: 800/458-3403. BRYCE MOUNTAIN, 120 miles.

BASYE, VA. 703/856-2121.

Two slopes open and one lift operating. Surface of machine-groomed powder, base of 10 to 15 inches. Snow report: 703/856-2151. CAMELBACK, 230 miles.

TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661.

Twelve slopes open and six lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed granular, base of 15 to 30 inches. Snow report: 800/233-8100. CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles.

DAVIS, W.VA. 304/866-4121 or 800/225-5982.

Five slopes open and two lifts operating. Surface of loose granular, base of 12 to 16 inches. JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles.

WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425.

Six slopes open and four to five lifts operating. Surface of machine-made packed powder, base of 18 to 22 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Big Boulder, 6 miles away. MONTAGE, 210 miles.

SCRANTON, PA. 717/969-7669.

Six slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface of packed powder, base of 10 to 20 inches. SILVER CREEK, 245 miles.

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

Five slopes open and three lifts operating. Base of 18 to 24 inches. SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles.

FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282.

Three slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed, packed powder, base of 2 to 30 inches. Snow report: 800/829-4766. SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles.

LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631.

Two slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of powder and packed powder, base of 6 to 30 inches. Snow report: 800/767-4766. SNOWSHOE, 245 miles.

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

Eleven slopes open and five lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed, packed powder, base of 14 to 24 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.

Two slopes open and two lifts operating. Surface is machine worked, base of 20 to 36 inches. WISP RESORT, 185 miles.

OAKLAND, MD. 301/387-5503.

Five slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of packed powder, base of 6 to 20 inches.