While it’s been a mild winter so far, one group getting the shaft are local skiers — it’s too warm to make snow at Bear Mountain ski hill.
Last year, the hill was open for the first week of December. This year, it’s looking doubtful for the Christmas break.
“This year is the first year that I can remember that we don’t know if we can open for any part of the Christmas break, which is really disappointing,” says Paul Gevatkoff, who runs operations at the hill.
“[To make snow] we need, I would say, a minimum of five days colder than -15, if we had -20 that would be ideal, but it has to be ongoing — it can’t be -20 at night and then warm up to -6 in the daytime, it’s got to be a prolonged period of cold weather.”
One night they made snow, but it was too warm so not much was made.
“It’s looking like the weather will turn a bit colder around Christmas Eve, and I’ll have to talk to volunteers if they can make snow during that period, we might be able to open after Christmas,” says Gevatkoff.
“The guys are antsy, everybody’s antsy, so if we get an opportunity we’re going to be making snow, but it’s a tough call, it’s dependent on the weather.”