Skip Navigation
Regional News
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron

Lack of "white Christmas" could leave ski resorts in the red

Listen to this story
For those in the skiing business, this year's relatively warm temperatures and lack of snow are spelling trouble. Ski areas typically open around Thanksgiving and when there's no snow on the ground, they make it.

But it's been too warm for snowmaking. Ideally, it should be about 10 degrees. So many areas in the northeast have been forced to delay opening. Others have been operating at reduced capacity. And that's hurting the bottom line.

Hear this

Download audio

Share this

Explore this

Reported by

Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

Story location

News near this location

John Lundin is a spokesperson for the Olympic Regional Development Authority, the agency that runs Whiteface and Gore mountains. He says business right now isn't what it was at this time last year. "Last year you may remember there wasn't a lot of snow, but we had the ability to make snow. Busniness hasn't been to what we would like it," Lundin said. But he's confident once the snow arrives, skiers will too. 

Only 5 of Whiteface mountain’s 86 trails were operating Thursday and only 7 of Gore Mountain’s 94 trails were open. But, Lundin says, the Lake Placid area has some extra advantages that help bring people in like shows, Main Street, bobsled rides, skating and Olympic venues.

The forecast is calling for much colder temperatures this weekend and Lundin says crews on the two mountains will “aggressively” be making snow. 

Visitor comments


NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.