Good news for skiers and boarders: NE Ohio ski resorts are open

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MUNSON TWP, Ohio - Frigid temperatures and lake effect snow are good news for local skiers and snowboarders, who were able to hit the slopes for the first time after an unusually warm December.

Alpine Valley in Munson Township opened Sunday and again Monday afternoon. Boston Mills opened Monday evening for a second time this season, after opening briefly two weeks ago. Many students took advantage of one of their last remaining days of winter break.

"We couldn't wait, we came out yesterday actually for opening day," Mark Lisachenko, of Mentor, said. "The kids don't have school so it was the perfect family outing and they're making tons of snow. It's great out here."

Cold temperatures have allowed Alpine Valley to make enough snow for a base of about a foot, with snow machines running nonstop since Thursday, according to Ricky McMullen, Product Manager with Boston Mills-Brandywine and Alpine Valley.

"As soon as we got the cold, we were ready to go," he said.

McMullen said just a couple of degrees can have a major impact on snow making, with humidity and wind also factoring in.

"We're kind of playing it day by day right now. We have some warmer temperatures coming up later this week, which, we got a ton of snow made here, we're looking to stay open through those days," McMullen said.

Alpine Valley and Boston Mills are expected to remain open the rest of the week, according to McMullen. No opening date has been set for Brandywine. The resorts recommend checking the Boston Mills/Brandywine and Alpine Valley  web sites for the snow report and details on hours.