Eastern Seaboard resorts, particularly in the south, are over the moon thanks to Saturn. The late-season storm of that name will extend the season for facilities that typically make closing day decisions this time of year.
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia, Wisp Resort in western Maryland, Hidden Valley in western Pennsylvania and Stratton Mountain, Vt. were among the ski and ride areas happy to be in Saturn’s gun sights as it tracked in a Northeasterly direction toward southern New England. In its wake, Saturn left behind a longer spring season.
Snowshoe, which got a pounding in the fall from Hurricane Sandy that gave it epic opening conditions, got Saturn’s insurance policy with 15 inches and will remain open until March 31. Its season total is nearly 13 feet of natural snow.
Snowshoe continues to sell deeply discounted tickets - one to three days – with potential savings exceeding 60 per cent if purchased online.
Wisp has collected a foot of the fresh in the past week and totals 160 inches for the season. All branches of the Armed Forces can benefit from Mother Nature’s largesse the rest of the month as Wisp honors our nation’s heroes with 25 per cent discounts on lift tickets, rentals, lessons, snow tubing, ice skating and the Mountain Coaster. There are several blackout dates, however, this month.
Saturn left behind 10 inches of new snow that made last weekend’s Spring Carnival all the rage and keeps Laurel Highlands skiers and boarders in the mood to continue their seasons. Spring pricing is in effect. During the week of March 11, $25 on Monday and
Tuesday gets you a lift ticket, rental gear and a group lesson. Wednesday and Thursday lift tickets are $28; the remainder of the week offers a $30 lift ticket on Friday, $42 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday. Hidden Valley’s spring offers will continue during the week of March 18. Check their website for the specifics.
As the storm worked its way to the Atlantic coast, Stratton Mountain benefitted with 10 inches of Saturn’s stash. That will help solidify conditions for the 24 Hours of Stratton event set for March 22-24. This fundraiser benefits the Stratton Foundation, which provides financial relief for families and individuals that have been affected by hardship or disaster.
The Stratton Foundation dispersed $450,000 to those impacted by Hurricane Irene. Teams of six to 12 participants rack up the runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.
As Saturn is now a thing of the past, all eyes are on Winter Storm Triton. The next weather maker will land in the east after a weekend that provided spectacular spring weather and conditions.
Photo: Snowshoe Mountain Resort