Recent Snow Gives Dry Hill Ski Area One More Weekend OpenPosted: Updated:
Tim McAtee, owner of Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown, said after February 23rd, he thought spring came early.
"When we had all that mild weather back in the end of February, it pretty much shut us down," McAtee said.
And after being closed for a couple weeks, McAtee had all but given up on reopening the slopes this season, then Winter Storm Stella came knocking.
"We were probably 3 or 4 hours from being actually closed and walking away," McAtee said. "We saw the storm and said what the heck, lets see what it does and unbelievably it gave us enough snow to open back up."
So it's one more run for skiers and snowboarders like Keith Koekenberg, who spent the Saturday at Dry HIll with his step-son, while his wife was out shopping.
She's out antiquing and me and my step-son are up here enjoying the last weekend of skiing and snowboarding," Koekenberg said.
McAtee said the best part about opening up for one last weekend is to get a little bit of closure on a season.
"Mother Nature just kind of ended it abruptly, and it's just like I said, you kinda like to have some closure to the season," McAtee said. "That last day to go, ahh, here it is. It's over. Take those last runs, soak up some rays on the deck."
Even if there's still snow next weekend, McAtee said this weekend is definitely the last, because the third weekend in March is when they normally close down for the year anyway.
After that, most people have their minds on spring.