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Cold & Snow helping Kissing Bridge prepare to open

Posted at 6:38 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 18:54:45-05

For people in the ski communities of Colden / Glenwood, it is a welcome sight as fresh-fallen snow has now covered the slopes at Kissing Bridge with cold temperatures allowing the snow guns to operate.

The past two winters have been horrible for Kissing Bridge.  Mild, rainy weather made many of the slopes unusable.  It kept skiers away and hurt the area's small businesses who saw a dramatic drop in customers.

Some, like the PIzza Glen, told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly earlier this year they were worried for their future if the trend of warm winters continued.  Others, like the newly-opened Colden Market & Cafe, found it very discouraging because winter sales are crucial for year-round operations.

"It was sad.  It was very sad," said Marcia Ortlepp, manager.

However, there is optimism that this season could be the winter people in this part of Southern Erie County have been hoping for.  Kissing Bridge said it is now working on building a good ski slope base with plans, weather permitting, to be open before Christmas - possibly by next week.

Having a good Christmas season for skiing would provide a big boost for both the resort and its neighbor businesses.

At the Pizza Glen, hopes are running high for a flurry of December skiers and snowmobilers.  There is also renewed excitement at the Colden Cafe & Market where the store is making sure it is fully stocked with items for skiers and the holiday season.

Ed Reilly has more in his reports.