Skiers are hopeful season starts soon

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It’s hard to get excited about skiing with no snow. So far, winter in the region has been a complete green-out, with warmer temperatures and very little to no snow.

“People have the impression that if it snows early, everybody will be out skiing early, but usually it’s only the avid, avid people that go out early,” said Gary Hoff, owner of Ski Chalet.

Those are the people who buy season passes for skiing or snowboarding. But Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort is still without snow, as is Peek ‘n Peak Resort and Spa in New York and Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania.

Howland’s Ski Club doesn’t schedule a December trip, realizing the weather can be fickle. Sixty kids have already paid for Wednesday night skiing at Peek ‘n Peak, though, and they hope to start January 6.

“The students right now are asking me, ‘When are we going?'” said Jerry Young, Howland Ski Club chaperone. “Because right now, we go the first week we get back from break. That’s only two weeks away, and here we are with no snow on the ground and 60 degree temperatures. It’s a little unnerving and they’re worried about it.”

The Ski Chalet runs ski trips, but those also don’t begin until January.  Business has been steady, however, with snowboarders wanting the newest board or skiers checking their gear.

And some say they know where to find snow.

“A lot of our customers are going out west for Christmas,” said Sheryl Hoff, of the Ski Chalet. “Everybody has their trips planned, and they’re still going. There’s snow somewhere!!”

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