Rough start to the 2014-15 ski season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — You could count the snowflakes falling from the sky at Kissing Bridge Monday. The snow guns were going full tilt in an effort to make up what nature has failed to deliver.

“Mother Nature needs to dump a little snow on us,” Kim Zehnder, President of the Glenwood Depot, said about the slow start to this ski season.

Rachel Fanelli, Assistant Marketing Director of Kissing Bridge Ski Resort had her own take on the situation, “We do live in western New York and it can be sunny and raining one day and snowy and wintry the next.”

No one is denying that this has been a sluggish start to the ski season and it’s an exceptionally crucial period for the people that make their living from the snow. “Our Christmas holiday is a great time for us. We do generate a lot of business during this time. Unfortunately, we’re going to get half of the business just due the lack of snow,” added Fanelli.

Glenwood was right on the southern edge of the epic November lake effect snowstorm. Since, the area has experienced somewhat of a snow drought. And as for the business impact, it has extended well beyond the slopes.

According to Joanie Rowan, Owner of The Pizza Glen, “It’s down at least 75 percent because of the lack of snow and there’s nobody out here skiing. And the weeks that we really get everybody are Christmas week and New Years.” “No one needs a daily rental at this point. There’s no snow. They’re trying to make snow up there. They work at it diligently,” added Kim Zehnder.

Given the variability of our weather, local ski areas say they’re up to task.

“We’ve been stock piling snow, not moving it. Therefore it stays in a nice big pile. If we would have groomed this a week ago, we would not be opening Wednesday,” Rachel Fanelli said.

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