MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Powder Ridge Mountain Park and resort in Middlefield is stocked with ski equipment but the slopes are empty courtesy of mother nature. The ski lifts are at a stand still snow making machines are taking a holiday break. The slopes are normally covered in snow.
“We would have almost over a thousand people on the mountain during this weekend so yes it is hurting,” CEO of Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort, Sean Hayes said. With the absence of snow, the resort lost big business during the holiday break. “Holiday break represents for a ski area approximately 20 percent of its seasonal revenue,” Hayes added.
The temperature need to be at 27 degrees in order to make snow.
Dennis Kinsella with Demaclenko said, “To get the water to actually freeze into a decent snow particle you need that colder temperature.” Hayes says they are depending on Mother Nature to make up for the loss of business. “We are still going to get 80-90 days of skiing in. What happened last year was a perfect example we had the warmest December on record until this year broke those records.”
If you’re a season pass holder Hayes says you’ll still get 70-90 days worth of skiing in addition to mountain biking and access to the mountain come spring and summer. “Mother Nature is delaying winter it seems like but she is not eliminating winter.”
If you’ve been waiting to ski Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort plans on opening January 8.