CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Snowshoe Mountain ski resort has once again extended its ski season.
Originally scheduled to end Sunday, Snowshoe officials announced Wednesday they will extend this year's ski season by one week to April 7.
"Thanks to over five feet of snow so far this month (nearly two feet the last week) and more in the forecast, Snowshoe Mountain has announced that it has extended the 2012-2013 season through April 7," said Joe Stevens, spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.
Snowshoe, along with Winterplace in Raleigh County and Tucker County's Timberline resort, had already taken advantage of late snow storms this year to extend its ski season to March 31.
While Snowshoe is extending its season further, Stevens said Winterplace and Timberline are still planning to end their season this Sunday.
Stevens added the White Grass Touring Center in Tucker County also plans to provide cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as long as natural snow lasts.Stevens said state ski resorts have seen an increase in business this year, which helped make up for reduced business during last year's mild winter. According to the Ski Areas Association, the five-month long ski season in West Virginia accounts for 5,000 jobs and has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million each year.