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Dust Off the Skis and Snowboards!

Carol Sottili

The storm that just dumped a few inches on us was good to some of our area ski resorts. Many of them have already opened, or will open by Saturday. But who's got the best snow? Our top picks:

* Wisp Resort in Western Maryland has had a foot of natural snow in the last 72 hours and is reporting a 10- to 30-inch base, with nine trails open. And this Sunday and Monday, the resort will offer $7 daily lift tickets and half-price lessons and rentals.

* Timberline in West Virginia's Canaan Valley has had 18 inches of snow within the last three days, with a base depth of more than 24 inches. Be the first to make tracks when the resort opens Saturday.

* Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe, W.Va., has 17 inches of fresh snow, with a total base of 27 inches. Seven trails are open and conditions are pure powder.

* Seven Springs in Pennsylvania, an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, has a 16- to 30-inch base, with a foot of new snow. Nine trails are open.

Other local resorts, including Ski Liberty and Whitetail, received only four inches of snow, but they're planning to open Saturday. Resorts farther south, including Wintergreen and Massanutten, are also opening Saturday, but we'd head north or west this weekend.

Remember, weather conditions change quickly (it may be 60 degrees again by Monday), so check with the resort before heading out. And if anyone has already hit the local slopes, please dish on conditions! For directions and a map, check out our 2007 Ski Guide.

By Carol Sottili |  December 6, 2007; 1:41 PM ET  | Category:  Carol Sottili , Mid-Atlantic Destinations
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