"To allow guests to come and 'ski it to believe it,' " Snowshoe said it is offering a new $99 "Early Unlimited Pass," on sale thorough Friday and valid any day through Christmas Day.
Snowshoe also is offering a "Third Night Free" lodging deal for the Thanksgiving holiday period. Guests who buy two nights of lodging get the third night free. The offer is good for arrivals starting today through Friday. The offer is subject to availability.
Winterplace in Raleigh County is expected to open on Dec. 14, said President Terry Pfeiffer.
The resort has added new rental skis and high-performance demonstration skis to its fleet of rental gear, Pfeiffer said.
Also new this year: "The Stage at Winterplace," which will host Christian rock bands from around the area; and cabins that will sleep up to 60 people.
Pfeiffer said the resort is offering a Monday-through-Thursday "Lean to Ski & Snowboard" package for $34.95. Also, free group lessons are included with Winterplace ski and snowboard rentals.
Timberline near Davis is planning to open on Dec. 13, said General Manager Tom Blanzy.
"We have upgraded our snowmaking system, spending roughly $200,000 on pumps, snow guns and related equipment," Blanzy said.
Timberline is offering special ski-and-stay packages that include lift tickets, equipment rentals and other services.
Joe Stevens, spokesman for West Virginia Ski Areas Association, said, "It's great to get the season off to a normal start and by 'normal' I mean in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday.
"Due to the lack of both cold temperatures for snowmaking and natural snow, last season didn't begin until Dec. 9 at Snowshoe and we were playing catch-up through the end of the season."
Stevens said the ski areas overall had about 15 percent fewer skier visits last season, "but it wasn't as bad as some resorts in neighboring states which in some cases were down over 50 percent.
"We were able to cover the majority of the slopes last year due to the resorts' ability to make snow when temperatures allow," Stevens said.
"When the temperature drops into the teens and 20s, over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced per hour across the state. That sets West Virginia apart from other states because the temperatures are colder in our mountains than further south, which is a key for the snowmaking process.
"All of the resorts are reporting strong early season reservations, and I think some of that has to do with the amount of snow that Hurricane Sandy dropped on the mountains as it got people outside of the area to think about winter, even though the cleanup continues in areas," he said.
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