Nov 25, 2015 4:26 PM
Warmer weather leads to slow start to season for NH resorts, retailers and skiers
Ski season in New Hampshire is off to a much slower start this year after an unusually mild fall.
We all remember the snow storm before Thanksgiving last year, but in 2015, the weather not nearly as helpful for the ski industry.
Loon Mountain was able to open on Wednesday after finally able to make some snow, but they admit it’s been a struggle.
The snow on the mountains is not all natural, not yet at least, but staff at loon isn’t waiting any longer.
“I think last year we were riding at Sunday River in mid-October, and then Loon shortly after, but now it’s warm. You can’t blame them that much for it,” said Brendan Rickard at Loon Mountain on opening day.
“It’s 40 degrees and sunny and you’ve got fresh snow on the ground. What more could you ask for,” said Mikey Prestipino of Manchester.
With a warmer fall, it’s making it difficult for mountains to open up this ski season.
But more importantly the lack of snow and cold temperatures doesn’t have people in southern regions like Manchester and bigger cities like Boston thinking snow. They’re not making the drive north just yet.
“It’s definitely the backyard effect,” said Holly Anderson of Roger’s Ski & Sport. “If you don’t have the weather or the snow in your backyard than it’s out of sight out of mind."
Retailers who rely on Loon’s ski season told NH1 News they’re feeling the effects of a warmer, later start.
Now they’re playing catch up to get the few people that are on the mountain into the shops.
Even on Wednesday, skiers noticed opening day not nearly as busy as years past.
“I doubt that too many people came out to spend a bunch of money to ski today,” said Rickard
The northern mountains wait for a little help from the weather, and the mountains down south are anxiously doing the same.
“I drove by Crotchet Mountain the other day and they were pretty bare. I heard Pat’s Peak has been blowing snow a little bit but I don’t think their up and running yet,” said Prestipino.
Retailers and Loon staff said this isn’t the first time they’ve had a slower start to the season, but once the weather starts to cooperate more in their favor, they do expect to make up for lost time.
They all are watching a system of natural snow and colder temperatures that looks promising the first weekend in December.