Canaan Valley in West Virginia looks to be in good shape after a half-foot of natural snow and tons of snowmaking. More snow is in store for the weekend. (Canaan Valley)

It’s time to give thanks and praise — the snow dance worked! Exactly one week ago Friday, local ski resorts faced disintegrating snow bases and expanding bare spots. Several mountains were closed. Skiers and snowboarders may have lost all hope.

But lo and behold, Old Man Winter has returned. Not only have temperatures plummeted to levels ideal for snowmaking, but some areas have also picked up close to a foot of powder since the beginning of the week. And there is more on the way this weekend.

Snow conditions have rapidly improved, with lots of powder and packed-powder conditions at area resorts. Hidden Valley and Seven Springs in southwestern Pennsylvania have picked up eight inches of snow in the past three days.

Seven Springs is expecting "another round [this weekend], with about 2½ inches of additional natural snow on the ground by Sunday morning,” spokeswoman Katie Buchan said in an email.


European model weekend snow forecast. (WeatherBell.com)

Over the past few days, Wisp in Maryland, as well as Timberline and Canaan Valley in West Virginia, have seen six to seven inches of the white gold. And Snowshoe, perched almost a mile high on Cheat Mountain in West Virginia, has nearly a foot of new snow for skiers and snowboarders to play in.

Whitetail in south-central Pennsylvania has been making snow like crazy and will open most of its runs Saturday after having eight available Friday. Nearby Liberty is back in action, while the Homestead in central Virginia is reopening Saturday.

While downhill skiers have been able to ski through this last long warm spell, cross-country skiers have been lounging by the fire for weeks with nothing but bare ground outside. For the first time since around Christmas. there is enough snow pack to finally Nordic ski at White Grass in West Virginia and Laurel Ridge in Pennsylvania.


What a difference a week makes at Laurel Ridge in Pennsylvania. (Laurel Ridge)

And conditions are only going to get better with cold temperatures and more natural snow on tap.


(CWG)

Weekend forecast

Front-range resorts (Virginia and south-central Pennsylvania ski areas)

Saturday: Snow. Temperatures in the 20s.

Sunday: Lingering snow showers/flurries, especially in the morning. Temperatures in the 20s to near 30.

Total weekend snow accumulations of six to eight inches in Virginia, and two to four inches in south-central Pennsylvania.

High-country resorts (southwestern Pennsylvania, Western Maryland and West Virginia ski areas)

Saturday: Snow. Temperatures in the 20s.

Sunday: Scattered snow showers and flurries.

Total weekend snow accumulations of four to eight inches in West Virginia and Maryland, and two to four inches in southwestern Pennsylvania.


(Jordan Tessler)

Capital Weather Gang’s Mid-Atlantic ski report is published every Friday during the cold season, December through March.