GLENWOOD, N.Y. (WIVB)- This week you’ve heard the snowy forecast and so have many Kissing Bridge employees and skiers.But will it be enough to open the slopes?
Andrew Minier, group sales coordinator for the ski resort said, “I can’t wait to see the hills be covered in white. That makes me smile a bunch!”
That may happen sooner rather than later and kissing bridge is ready for it. He says the erratic Western New York weather has so far helped the business.
“The warm dry weather that we’ve had has been great for us to get a lot of preparation work prepared.”
Those preparations include adding a lounge area to the outside of the lodge, adding a “magic carpet” for beginner skiers, and fixing the snow guns so they can create optimal ski conditions.
Minier said, “Our snow making guns are ready to go top to bottom everything has been tested and improvements have been made. When it’s time we’re going to be ready to hit it hard.”
And it’s all a waiting game. Mother Nature has to deliver just the right temperature for the self-made snow to stick.
He said, “We’re looking at 27/28 degrees over a sustained period of at least 3 or 4 hours so that we can get some production.”
If that happens, some of their most popular slopes could open just two and a half days after Mother Nature delivers. But will it happen in time for the holiday?
It’s not likely. Minier shared, “Historically we have been open on Thanksgiving weekend, it is a rarity, but we are prepared if we should be fortunate enough to get that kind of weather rolling in. Last winter was, let’s just say frustrating. It was a difficult year in the business across the northeast.”
This year he’s hoping for more favorable conditions and has already seen some improvements in presale tickets and passes.
He said, “Our ticket and package sales were up 65% to where they were a year ago. So the people are ready to come back.”
And as a lifelong resident of ski country he’s looking forward to more snow this year and is predicting that change.
He said, “I think this year we’re going to be right in that sweet spot. Lots of 20 degree days and lots of good snow. We’re really going to enjoy it!”