Cold weather has ski slopes shaping up

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The colder weather means it’s almost time for skiers to hit the slopes!

On Wednesday night, Mount Southington flipped the switch on their brand new high-speed snow-making water pumps.

General Manager Jay Dougherty says the cold weather couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are going to be running the pump through their paces most of the day tomorrow and into tomorrow night and I imagine sometime Saturday morning there will be white on the hill,” he said.

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As crews double check the numbers and triple check the water pressure, the pressure is on to make back the massive investment the mountain laid out over the summer. Despite a warm fall and old man winter a no-show in years past, Shane Riley, who is in charge of the snow-making, says the cold weather is starting to create excitement on the mountain.

“The racers are coming in. All of our instructors are coming in and we’re getting people signing up for all the lessons,” he explained.

By 8 p.m. Friday night, crews expect to have a layer of snow. They want to build on that overnight to get things ready for Thanksgiving break.