Colder Weather This Weekend Could Warm Skiers' Hearts

Dec 15, 2015

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Conditions at New Hampshire’s ski resorts haven’t been very encouraging so far this season. Most resorts have only a few 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," said Jessyca Keeler, the Executive Director of Ski New Hampshire, which represents 16 downhill resorts.

But things could be getting better, says Andy Pohl, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. Temperatures will be dropping by week’s end.

“Probably the best time for making snow will be over the weekend," he said.

Keeler says the resorts are prepared and eager, 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.”

A 2012-13 study concluded New Hampshire’s ski industry’s $1.1 billion annual spending supports about 11,000 jobs.