Is All This Snow A Boon For Dry Hill?


A lot of snow fell in Watertown so far this winter. That might sound like good news for ski hills like Dry Hill, but the numbers don't back it up.

"We're spending an awful lot of money in labor and fuel to keep grooming the hill and moving and cleaning our parking lots and shoveling roofs and all that," said Dry Hill owner Tim McAtee, "so there definitely is some offset."

That offset comes from an increase in business, but it's not always an even offset.

The snowboarders and skiers don't so much care about the business. What they do care about are the runs.

"They're great. They're fantastic," said Allen Alfredo Loya. "The snowfall that we've had these past two days have been amazing. You're cruising and you have a great time."

"The runs could not be better," Marshall Weir said. "The skiing is deep and great and awesome."

"Yeah, except for the part that it's really cold," George Weir said.

It was even colder in January. We also got over 76 inches of snow that month. Still, Dry Hill didn't do as well as recent Januarys. But things were looking up this month.

"February has turned around very nicely," McAtee said. "Temperatures have moderated more. Plus, I believe people have gotten used to the fact that it's just cold and snowy. It's going to be that way, so they're getting out."

It's a good problem to have, according to those working at Dry Hill. After all, nobody can ski on grass.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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