1st Ski Area is Open for the Season in Woodbury

WOODBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s beginning to look a lot like…. Thanksgiving?

“As soon as I saw Woodbury was open it was like Christmas my heart was going. I couldn’t stop smiling. I was like I can’t wait to get out there today…It’s better than Thanksgiving and Christmas combined,” said Woodbury Ski’s Anthony Altermatt.

It’s not easy to turn this mountain white. It took their snow makers hours last night.

“It was fun and it was very rewarding,” said Woodbury Ski and Tubing’s General Manager Scott Damato. He grew up down the street and on this mountain. He’s worked here 30 years, and doesn’t remember a fall this warm. To be able to make snow, 28 degrees Farhenheit is the magic temperature.

“We can start running at 28 degrees and as it gets colder we can produce more, return more water on the machines piles up faster,” said Damato.

Dozens came to be the first ones here this season and watching them inspired News 8’s Stephanie Simoni. It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to Director of Skiing Chandler Brill she says she built some confidence on the slopes.

“It’s like a dream come true coming around the corner and seeing the white on the hill. So we’re definitely excited here,” said Woodbury Ski and Tubing’s Mitch Williams.

“Thanksgiving day we’ll be open until 5 so we should have a good crowd during the day and then we’ll move on if the temperatures hold out,” said Damato.

Their first big event is Hannukah on the slopes December 6th.

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