GLENWOOD, N.Y. (WKBW) — Snow lovers have been hoping, crossing their fingers and their skis, waiting for the perfect winter day. And they finally got it.
“Should be perfect out there. Ready to for some powder,” said David Harkins, of West Seneca.
They've been making their own snow at Kissing Bridge during this warm spell to push through ski season during the pandemic.
FRESH POWDER:— Taylor Epps WKBW (@taylor_epps_) January 20, 2021
Expect the slopes at @KissingBridge to look just like a snow globe all week. It’s the weather they’ve been waiting for the and the excitement is at an all time high!⛷❄️ @WKBW pic.twitter.com/Z9IRs08og7
“It was a pretty gloomy time of days that were just 32 degrees, 35 degrees, a little rain, a little snow. Difficult to make headway in those conditions,” said Andrew Minier, Race Director at Kissing Bridge.
The higher temperatures could've been detrimental to business, but skiers kept coming.
“We survived basically a month without snow and marginal temperatures, and we survived it well,” said Minier.
And now with lake effect snow bringing more fresh powder, this is the fun part.
“It’s just good to be outside in the snow, doing what you love, surrounded, distanced by people doing the same thing,” said Minier.
And this snow is here to stay.
”It’s light enough to ski through, but dense enough to make a base, this will help us get through the next warm spell, but that’s not on the horizon, so we see good days stacking up on top of each other,” said Minier.
So this is your chance to get your gear on and shred the slopes safely this year with nearly perfect weather.
“Wear a mask, come out here, hit the slopes, if you want to social distance, there’s your social distance!” said William Archer, snowboarder from West Falls.
They'll also be adding more terrain to accommodate skiers. Day passes at KB range from $40-55 dollars for experienced juniors and adults and just $15 for beginners to hit the bunny slopes.
“I’ve been coming out here with all the snow we’ve had and all the snow we’ve gotten, no matter what I’m out here," said Archer.
If you really love it, you could slide into a job! KB is hiring about a dozen lift operators, you can apply online.
"We’ve got more terrain coming online, we need people to help us get through it, it’s a hard time for businesses to find employees so let’s keep that season, let’s get more trails open," said Minier.