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Snowshoe Mountain to end the 2018-19 ski season on Sunday with abundance of snow


A view from Snowshoe Mountain Resort in November.

While temperatures in the Kanawha Valley are expected to rise into the 70s today, 40 inches of snow remain clinging to the trails at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in the highlands of Pocahontas County, where West Virginia’s ski season will remain open through Sunday afternoon.

While the Silver Creek section of the state’s largest ski area has closed for the season, all but one of the 43 trails in the Snowshoe section remain open, including 10 of the resort’s most challenging runs.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s, accompanied light breezes and mostly cloudy skies at Snowshoe Mountain today, while an inch of fresh snow is in the forecast for Sunday, when temperatures are expected to linger in the 30s under sunny skies.

While Snowshoe Mountain received only about half of its average annual natural snowfall of 180 inches this season, skiers and snowboarders are in their fifth month of riding the slopes, thanks to an abundance of freezing temperatures and a $4 million investment in snowmaking gear last summer.

On Nov. 21, the mountaintop resort was the first in the mid-Atlantic region to open for the season, and on Sunday it will close out the season along with Maryland’s Wisp ski area and a pair of Virginia ski resorts.

Winterplace Resort in Raleigh County closed for the season on March 23. Canaan Valley Resort ended its season on March 17, after nearby Timberline Four Seasons Resort suspended operations during the last week in February.

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