CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three West Virginia ski resorts will offer free skiing and snowboarding on Sunday as the ski season approaches its end.

The offer is good at Canaan Valley Ski Area, Snowshoe Mountain and Winterplace Ski Resort for any resident of West Virginia as long as they provide proof of residency.

“It’s just a way to kind of say thank you to everybody in West Virginia,” said Joe Stevens with the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “A lot of times, we don’t realize what’s going on in our own backyard. People in the metro areas might be seeing their grass growing or daffodils blooming, but they don’t understand there is still plenty of snow at all the resorts that are still open in West Virginia.”

Stevens said this is the first joint free ski weekend. He added this year’s slope conditions were pretty well despite a natural snow drought.

“Because of millions of dollars in investments in snow-making equipment that all the resorts in West Virginia have done in the last couple of years, the snow-making temperatures have been adequate enough to cover terrain,” he explained. “With the new guns that put out more snow over less time, we’re in pretty good shape.”

Stevens did add the number of people who visited the resorts was “OK,” noting warmer conditions in places such as Charlotte, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

Canaan Valley will close after Sunday. Winterplace officials are continuing to evaluate conditions to determine an appropriate closing date. The ski season at Snowshoe Mountain will continue through March 31.

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