Ski Resorts Hope for ‘Magic Number’

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CHESTERLAND, Ohio -- With snow on the way, ski resorts in our area are getting ready.

The resorts are hoping to get a lot of snow and cold temperatures to make up for last winter's unseasonably warm weather.

The staff at Alpine Valley Ski Resort has been prepping all day and they say they are excited for the snow to finally get here.

"We've been waiting all year for this.  Last year was a bad year for everyone in the ski industry and this year we are hoping for temperatures to make our own and it looks like this weekend we might get lucky with some natural snow," said Zach Thornton of the Alpine Valley Ski Resort.

Employees at the resort in Chesterland are excited that Mother Nature is finally cooperating and bringing snow to Northeast Ohio.

Even though the non-snowy weather has hurt business, staff members say skiers, snowboarders and tubers are just dying to hit the slopes.

"In the long run, we know that people are excited to ski because it only comes around once a year and we take full advantage of that 3 months that we have here in the Midwest.  Have people come out, ski, take advantage what we offer them and we hope to make a lot of snow to take that memory out of their head," said Thornton.

The staff at the ski resort has been prepping their ski lodge and stocking up on supplies for those customers waiting to have some fun in the snow.

Some people say they are anxious for the snow to finally hit the ground.

"I can't wait.  Looking forward to it.  Boat is put away and can't do any quake boarding, I'm a snowboarder too so as soon as the snow starts to flying, gonna be real happy to get back on a board," said Wayne Smeal, an avid snowboarder.

Even with the snow in the forecast, ski resorts are hoping for colder temperatures as well this week so their snow guns can start turning these slopes wintry white.

"Typically with our snow-making, 26 degrees is our magic number and it needs to be that way for at least a consistent period of time.  We can blow about a foot of snow in an hour if all things are good.  Wind is a big deal, too," said Thornton.

Alpine Valley is hoping to be ready to open by Christmas Eve.

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