Ski season has begun, and the winter weather has arrived. A few West Virginia ski resorts are already open for the ski season, which is predicted to be five months long.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Canaan Valley in Tucker County will be opening up their slopes to kick off the season. On Friday, Dec. 6, Winterplace Resort in Raleigh County will also be open for their second weekend following a snowy Thanksgiving opening weekend. Timberline Resort in Tucker County will start their season on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County and Wisp Resort in Deep Creek, MD opened last weekend for the season and are continuing to line their slopes with fresh snow. Oglebay Resort in Wheeling also opened up their slopes for the season.
The temperatures have been on the mild side this week, but a cold November made it possible for the resorts’ snowmakers to get the slopes covered with as much snow as possible. When temperatures dropped into the teens this week, over 20,000 tons of snow was produced in West Virginia per hour.
Skiers and snowboarders beware and take caution while hitting the slopes. The most common injuries can be prevented by taking simple precautions. The most common injuries among snowboarders are in the wrists and arms while skiers have the most injuries in the knee, head, and face. Traumatic brain injuries are the most common injuries among skiers and snowboarders.
Consider these tips before taking the family to the slopes this winter season.
- Wear a helmet: The most common injuries among skiers and snowboarders are brain injuries. Use your brains and invest in proper helmuts for the whole family.
- Bundle up: Frostbite happens, especially in higher elevations. Be sure to wear gloves, mittens, hats, and warm socks.
- Follow the rules of the trails and the resorts: It would be a shame to get kicked out of a resort, or worse, get injured or injure others because you could not follow rules.
- Only go on trails that match your skill level.
- Never ski or snowboard alone.
For more information about skiing and other winter activities, visit Ski West Virginia at www.skiwestvirginia.net