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Warm temperatures keep ski resorts shut

January 12, 1998

Warm temperatures keep ski resorts shut

Unseasonably warm temperatures kept area ski resorts closed over the weekend.

But they could reopen later this week if nighttime temperatures drop low enough to allow snow-making, resort employees said Sunday.

Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., and Ski Liberty, in Carroll Valley, Pa., have been closed since Wednesday.

Temperatures allowed for a little snow-making on Saturday night, and more was expected to be made Sunday night, said Whitetail spokesman Matt Sawyer.

However, given the forecast for above-freezing temperatures early this week, Sawyer said he didn't expect Whitetail's slopes to reopen until later in the week.

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Based on a forecast that temperatures would drop to 26 degrees Sunday night, snowmaking was expected to resume at Ski Liberty overnight, according to receptionist Summer Cornman.

The hope is to blow enough snow to get at least some of the 17 trails open this week, Cornman said.

Wisp ski resort in McHenry, Md., has been able to stay open despite the recent rain and warmer-than-usual temperatures, but not all of its trails were open over the weekend, according to a receptionist.

Since only 13 of its 23 trails were open Sunday, the resort was offering a discount on lift tickets, she said.

- Kerry Lynn Fraley

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