Ski season at West Virginia resorts is sliding to an early halt this year, said Joe Stevens, spokesman for West Virginia Ski Areas Association.
The last day to ski this season at Snowshoe or Winterplace will be this Sunday, he said.
Skiing at Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County ended for the season on March 11. Timberline will be open for skiing at least until March 25 but will not be open on the weekdays of March 19 to 22.
"It has been a season for the books," Stevens said. "Every time we would think winter is finally here, mild temperatures would set in."
With higher elevations as well as snow guns to help matters along, resorts have had adequate snow but it has been hard to convince the public of that.
"It's been a perception and reality thing," Stevens said. "When it is in the 60s and 70s in the Kanawha Valley in January and February, people wonder how there can be snow an hour or two away. Actually, there has been snow because of the elevation and snowmaking."
When looking at the overall season, business is down 10 to 15 percent, he said. However, the resorts opened later than usual and will be closing earlier. When days are compared to days, numbers are actually up.
Opening days at state resorts were delayed from 10 to 14 days this season.
"It's been one of those roller coaster seasons," Stevens said. "We are not in dire straights by any means. We will get ready for next season and get things cleaned up. We'll get ready to open next season around Thanksgiving."
This year's short ski season did not have a negative affect on area businesses in Tucker County, said Bill Smith, executive director of the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"Our restaurants and shops have benefited from the marginal conditions at ski areas," Smith said. "People are still vacationing. Without as much time on the slopes, our local restaurants and shops have done well."
Winterplace Ski Resort President Terry Pfeiffer said this year's mild winter obviously made business a little more challenging.
"Snowmaking equipment saved the day and made it so we still had a successful season," he said.
However, there is more to do than ski at area resorts."We have quite a bit of stuff to do," he said. "People come here for weddings, reunions and social functions."