CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Snowshoe Mountain Resort's planned Wednesday opening of the ski and snowboard season has been delayed because of a lack of snow and poor snowmaking conditions.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the resort has received trace amounts of snow since early October, but sustained cold temperatures needed for snowmaking have not materialized.
Several off-slope amenities will still open starting Wednesday, including the resort's indoor-outdoor pool, 15,000-square-foot Big Top Entertainment Center, and numerous shops and dining outlets.
Snowshoe is traditionally the first West Virginia resort to open its ski trails, and generally targets Thanksgiving weekend as its opening date.
Last year, the resort opened its slopes on Dec. 5 and all state ski resorts were open by mid-December.