Winter recreation gets a boost with recent snow and cold

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(WBNG) — Ahhhh, the sounds of winter time. Fresh snow falling and being made, skis and snowboards carving fresh paths through the powder, and a ski lift cranking away. Some folks have been loving the warm start to this winter, while others have been wishing for a return of those flakes and cold winds. Businesses that rely on the snow have been at the front of the line waiting for Old Man Winter’s return.

“It does impact us. We make snow, and we lose it, and we recover, so there’s a lot of that. But that’s kind of been the trend the last three years,” said Jessica Sloma, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Greek Peak Resort.

One advantage most ski resorts have is the ability to make snow. At the very least, this usually keeps some trails open throughout the entire season. Meanwhile, winter activities in county parks and recreation areas rely solely on fresh snow and cold temperatures.

“We rely completely on Mother Nature. We really need that nice soft snow to come through and get on the trails,” said Elizabeth Woidt, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs for Broome County.

In order to cross-country ski some of the parks in Broome County, six inches if snow is needed, all underneath the trees. The upcoming crappie derby at Dorchester Park also needs 12 inches of ice on the lake in order to happen.

Thankfully for all of these winter enthusiasts out there, the forecast is calling for colder weather to continue. Weather-permitting, there’s something around the area for everyone to enjoy and make winter that much more fun.

“We’ve got snowshoeing, cross-country skiing at Greenwood Park. Ice fishing, we’ve got the crappie derby coming up, hopefully…” said Woidt.

“Young or older, come out, learn how to ski and ride, enjoy the winter. It makes it go by a lot faster,” said Sloma

Damon Matson

Damon Matson

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