CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Unseasonably warm, wet weather that swept into the east in late December courtesy of El Niño has forced all but one West Virginia ski area to suspend operations at least until the coming weekend, following the expected return of several days of subfreezing temperatures starting on Thursday night.
On Monday, Timberline Four Seasons resort in Canaan Valley was the only resort south of Pennsylvania offering skiing and snowboarding, with four trails and two lifts operating.
Canaan Valley and Winterplace resorts closed their slopes due to a lack of snow on Friday, while Snowshoe Mountain Resort followed suit at the end of the day on Sunday.
“From Southern Pennsylvania to North Carolina, we’re all in the same boat,” said Joe Stevens, spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “We’re in a reboot mode right now. We got hit with a triple whammy — warmer temperatures, rain and fog.
“Everybody’s planning how to make the most of the snowmaking weather that will hopefully resume on Thursday night. We’re expected to get some overnight lows in the teens, which is ideal for making snow.”
Meanwhile, Canaan Valley and Snowshoe Mountain resorts have opened their golf courses…