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Some N.H. ski resorts not open due to warmth; Pat’s Peak urges ‘snow dance’

Last modified: 12/18/2015 12:06:51 AM
Some ski resorts have suspended operations due to higher-than-normal temperatures.

The Mount Sunapee Resort, which plans to resume operations Sunday, said it hasn’t had one productive night of snowmaking since Nov. 30.

It said there’s a window of cold weather coming in Friday night through Saturday night, and that time will be used to resurface and build base on open trails.

Sunapee said it has just leased additional compressed air so it can increase its snowmaking output.

At Pats Peak in Henniker, which plans to reopen Saturday, a message on the resort’s website asked skiers and riders to “join us in a snow dance.”

“That’s right, help us wage the war on these unseasonable temperatures and dance the cold temps in with us,” it said.

Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort said on its website Wednesday that it’s not able to guarantee an opening day due to the unseasonably warm temperatures.

“The forecast for the next week shows some windows where temps will drop into the snowmaking zone, but most of those time periods are followed by a few days with temperatures above freezing. Our snowmakers will continue to make snow at every reasonable opportunity,” the resort said.

Q Burke also has put off opening until Dec. 25 or Dec. 26. The resort said Jay Peak is offering Q Burke season pass holders free skiing until the resort is able to open.

Resorts that are open have only some lifts operating.

“We do wish that it was snowier than it is. You know last year we got off to a great start with a Thanksgiving storm. We just didn’t have that this year and there’s not much you can do about that,” Jessyca Keeler, the executive director of Ski New Hampshire, said to New Hampshire Public Radio.

Keeler said the resorts are prepared, having spent about $10 million in snow-making equipment over the last five years.

“The ski areas are absolutely ready to turn on the guns the second the temperature hits freezing,” she said.


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