Lukewarm season so far at area ski slopes

DANIELSVILLE, PA. - December 26, 2011

They're open for business at Blue Mountain, but just barely.

Thanks to some cool nights, they've been able to make enough snow to open ten of the 39 trails on the mountain. The most challenging terrain remains bare.

"What we've been doing is making a lot of snow at night. So as soon as the temperature hits around 29, 28 degrees, our snowmakers and groomers are out working and we're making snow at every opportunity," said Blue Mountain spokeswoman Heidi Lutz.

Blue Mountain has fared better than some other resorts that aren't even open yet. They've managed to salvage the most important week of the year. The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is make or break time for ski resorts.

Without big crowds now, it's struggle to break even over the rest of the season. The kids are out of school and eager to try out their new gear. And the young adults are home from college.

"I'm here with my daughter from college and we decided to come out and go skiing. We were a little worried about whether there was going to be any snow on the slopes," said Magaly Weinstein of Voorhees, N.J.

When it's warm enough to play golf on the day after Christmas, the ski resorts find it harder to remind customers that the slopes are open. But those who do venture north are happy to find fairly good conditions.

"I think it's nice. It's a nice day and the snow seems good," said Daphne Holden of Tallahassee, Florida.

And it's getting better. They expect to open another seven slopes here on Tuesday.

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