Local Ski Slopes Hope For Early Start To Season

Local Ski Slopes Hope For Early Start To Season

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The chairlifts are moving at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in the town of Turin as General Manager Nick Mir and state workers inspect them in preparation for the season.

With the area already getting nearly 3 feet of snow this month, and with more on the way, the ski slope will open on Friday.

"This is our earliest opening in the last few years for sure. Typically we're open early December, we'll be open the day before December so we're excited about that and we're ready for a good season," said Mir.

In the town of Watertown at Dry Hill Ski Area, owner Tim McAtee is hoping Mother Nature brings 8 to 10 inches of snow or a couple of cold snow making nights to be able to get skiers and snowboarders out on the slopes.

"We're going to see how the snow plays out this week, there's a maybe 50/50 chance we could go this weekend," he said.

The cold temperatures around Thanksgiving played in the ski slopes' favor as both were able to make artificial snow. McAtee says they made piles 4 or 5 feet deep in places.

"Been here quite awhile. I've never had that much man-made snow on the hill this time of year ever," he said.

And with the season already off to a good start, the ski slopes are hoping this one is better than the last.

"Three foot of snow, then 65 degrees," said McAtee. "It was quite a weird winter." 

"We had a couple of warm ups in January and February that really hurt us so we're hoping this year that it's going to stay colder and kind of be more of a typical winter here in the north country that we're used to seeing," said Mir.

They're looking forward to the empty lift seats to be filled once again. 

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