January 10, 2006
With temperatures in the 50s and 60s, you might think of golfing, but never skiing. The heat is not enough to stop the most dedicated snow fanatics from hitting the slopes. Read on to find out how many are skiing at one popular area resort, despite the warmth.
During this mid-winter heat wave, snow is fairly hard to come by. Unless, of course, you know where to go to find it. Wintergreen Ski Resort in Nelson County had plenty of snow to go around. Even though Mother Nature is not cooperating, the workers are there picking up the slack.
"While the warm temperatures can put a bit of a crimp in the natural snow, we've got the ability with the cooler nights to go ahead and continue to make snow," said Lloyd Williams, of Wintergreen Resort.
Artificial snow has been keeping many snow lovers happy for most of the month of January. With all of the recent warmth, skiers are remaining upbeat and optimistic.
"The spirit of the boarders and the...snow tubers and the families and the skiers is still high on a day like this," said Williams.
If you think temperatures have to be in the 20s or 30s to make this artificial blanket of white, then you can think again.
"It depends on the humidity. With very, very low humidity, we can [make snow] at temperatures approaching 40 degrees," said Scott Gunnell of Wintergreen Resort.
So if you like skiing, but do not like the bone-chilling cold, then days like today can be perfect for hitting the slopes.
"This, for me, actually is the best time to come skiing. The snow is a little bit softer and It's a great time to come and learn. It's fantastic though, with the warm weather you don't have to be quite as bundled up," said Kristin Jones of Wintergreen Resort.
In case you are wondering, the crew at Wintergreen can actually make enough snow in 10 hours to blanket an entire football field with over 13 feet of snow!