Winter-Related Businesses Pleased With Weather

Area businesses and organizations focused on cold temperatures and snow have appreciated the especially cold winter season.

Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley marketing director, said the resort received significant snow coverage this year.

“It has been a good season so far – and it’s not over yet,” she said. “We’ve had a great March and hope that continues.”

Due to the extremely cold temperatures, snow conditions were steady throughout the season.

“This season was rather unusual because there was a lot of cold weather. The upside was that conditions were consistent over time – the cold temperatures kept the snow dry and light.” she said.

Holiday Valley’s target date for staying open this year is April 6. Last year, cold weather and public interest kept the slopes open until April 14. In 2005, the slopes were open until April 15 – the latest date the resort has been open in the last decade.

According to Clyde Rodgers, president of the Cherry Creek Sno-Goers snowmobile club, it wasn’t a bad snowmobile season either.

“We had a lot of snow and rain, which caused icy conditions,” he said.

Although the ice makes for a solid base on snowmobile trails, it also can make it difficult to maintain control while riding.

Rodgers noted that because the ground was frozen, the snow did not melt immediately during warmer days this season.

“The clubs throughout the county did a good job of packing what snow they could,” Rodgers said. “People don’t realize how many dollars snowmobilers bring into the area when they come. It’s a big asset to the area, and this year was no different.”

Dash Hegeman, marketing director at HoliMont, added that it has also been a solid season in Ellicottville.

“By and large the weather was very cooperative. We made a lot of snow to start the season off, which got us off on the right foot,” he said. “Our base coverage was good and the snow held up nicely throughout the entire season.”

Hegeman also said that ski and snowboard enthusiasts from all over the surrounding Western New York area have been taking advantage of the snow.

This summer, HoliMont is continuing its WestMont Ridge expansion residential complex project.

“By next season we should have some new homes built over in that area so it’ll be interesting to see that far west side of the ski area evolve into this next phase,” Hegeman said.

Despite the first day of spring being March 20, a cold blast has reminded the area that winter is not yet over.

“Based on the weather (Wednesday) it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon,” Hegeman said.