(WJLA) - With much better weather and far more snow than Sochi, it's the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat just an hour-and-a-half from D.C. that are most prevalent on the slopes of Whitetail Resort.
"It's awesome up here," says Michelle Lasko.
While the headlines over the last few weeks have all been about the misery of winter, here and at the other regional ski slopes, this has been a season to remember - in a good way.
"It's great! I mean, we're gtting more chances to come out than we did last year, snow is in great condition, its not icy," says Jason Lasko.
Katrina Gayman is Head of Marketing for Whitetail. She says the lasting cold weather and frequent snowfalls have made her job easy, and the Winter Olympics haven't hurt either. She says people watch the tricks and want to give it a try themselves. On Sunday, there was a three-mile line to park and they even ran out of rental skis.
It seems that for the ski industry, it's the best winter in years.
"We had an early opening right after Thanksgiving, which is probably the third time since the resort opened, and that's unheard of and we're loving every minute of it," says Katrina Gayman.
Bethesda residents Paul and Ava Linton were here on Sunday and came back on Monday with their kids in tow.
"It's been three years since we've been able to get some good skiing in, so it's a good winter," says Paul.
But nothing great lasts forever, and the weather forecast is not in their favor here in the coming weeks - but the resort says it will have enough snow on the ground for visitors to be able to ski well into March.