IT WILL BE cold and clear in ski country, with only a few flurries in sight. But most resorts are making snow every day. There is a Winter Carnival at Big Boulder on Saturday beginning at 2 and ending at dusk with fireworks, while the Subaru Alpine Ski Club Championship Race will be held at Snowshoe Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a look at ski resorts within a six-hour drive from Washington: BIG BOULDER, 225 miles. LAKE HARMONY, PA. 717/722-0101. Eleven slopes open and seven lifts operating. Surface of packed powder, base of eight to 24 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, six miles away. Snow report: 717/722-0104. BLUE KNOB, 150 miles. CLAYSBURG, PA. 814/239-5111. Six to eight slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface of packed powder, base up to 40 inches. Snow report: 800/458-3403 BRYCE MOUNTAIN, 120 miles. BASYE, VA. 703/856-2121. Four slopes open and four lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed powder, base of 15 to 20 inches. Snow report: 703/856-2151. CAMELBACK, 230 miles. TANNERSVILLE, PA. 717/629-1661. Sixteen slopes open and 10 lifts operating. Surface of machine-made, packed powder, base of 12 to 36 inches. Snow report: 800/233-8100. CANAAN VALLEY, 180 miles.

DAVIS, W. VA. 304/866-4121 or 800/225-5982. Seven slopes open and two lifts operating. Surface of packed powder and frozen granular, base of 12 to 16 inches. DOE MOUNTAIN, 155 miles. MACUNGIE, PA. 215/682-7109. Four slopes open and six lifts operating. Surface of machine-made powder, base of 12 to 40 inches. Snow report: 215/682-7107. ELK MOUNTAIN, 260 miles.

UNIONDALE, PA. 717/679-2611

Five slopes open and three lifts operating. Surface of packed powder and granular, base of six to 40 inches. Snow report: 800/233-4131. HIDDEN VALLEY, 191 miles. SOMERSET, PA. 814/443-6454 or 800/458-0175. Twelve to 14 slopes open and six to eight lifts operating. Surface of packed powder, base of six to 24 inches. JACK FROST MOUNTAIN, 225 miles. WHITE HAVEN, PA. 717/443-8425. Nine to 10 slopes open and six lifts operating. Surface of machine-made, packed powder, base of 20 to 25 inches. Reciprocal lift tickets with Big Boulder, six miles away. MASSANUTTEN, 125 miles. HARRISONBURG, VA. 703/289-9441.

Two slopes open and two lifts operating. Surface of man-made machine groomed snow, base of five to 16 inches. SEVEN SPRINGS, 190 miles. CHAMPION, PA. 814/352-7777 or 800/458-2313. Fourteen slopes open and seven to 12 lifts operating. Surface of groomed granular, base of four to 24 inches. SKI LIBERTY, 65 miles. FAIRFIELD, PA. 717/642-8282. Five slopes open and five lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed, packed powder, base of six to 30 inches. Snow report: 800/829-4766. SKI ROUNDTOP, 121 miles. LEWISBERRY, PA. 717/432-9631. Seven slopes open and seven lifts operating. Surface of powder and packed powder, base of 10 to 43 inches. Snow report: 800/767-4766. SNOWSHOE, 245 miles. SLATYFORK, W.VA. 304/572-1000. Sixteen slopes open and six lifts operating. Surface of machine-groomed, packed powder, base of 12 to 28 inches. Snow report: 800/225-5982 WINTERGREEN, 168 miles. WINTERGREEN, VA. 800/325-2200. Two slopes open and two lifts operating as needed. Surface is machine-worked, base of 18 to 30 inches.

WISP RESORT, 185 miles. OAKLAND, MD. 301/387-5503. Eight to 14 slopes open and seven lifts operating. Surface of packed powder and granular, base of eight to 28 inches.