Mercersburg ski resort dreaming of a white weekend

December 14, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • The snowguns at Whitetail Resort were firing earlier this week, making snow at the Mercersburg, Pa., resort. The resort is hoping for a Saturday opening.
Submitted photo

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Gauging the weather to open a ski resort is a slippery situation at best, but Whitetail Resort's General Manager Don MacAskill has his fingers crossed for a Saturday opening.

While MacAskill is tentatively planning to open the ski resort this weekend, he cautioned anxious skiers to call or check the resort's website ( today or Friday before hopping in their cars.

For four nights, Whitetail's team of snowmakers were busy covering 12 of the 23 trails and one snow-tube lift with snow.

"We have pretty decent coverage on some of our novice and intermediate terrain. We haven't gotten over on our advanced terrain yet," MacAskill said.

The slopes are covered with 12 to 18 inches of powder.

"That amount of snow would provide good skiing. The unknown in this equation is how warm it's going to be over the next couple of days, and will we lose much snow," he said.  "That's why we're encouraging people to call ahead, because we just don't know how much is going to melt between now and the weekend."

In the last few years, MacAskill said the resort has opened on Dec. 10.

With snow on the ground and the staff ready for the ski season to begin, he's hoping the weather cooperates.

"Our pre-season sales of our season passes and our frequent skier cards have been up significantly over last year, and people are anxious to get on the slopes," MacAskill said.

While December has been unseasonably mild, he said all signs point to a strong end of the month as well as a wintry January and February.

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