The unseasonably warm weather in December pushed opening day for many ski slopes.
Eyewitness News looked into when some Connecticut ski areas are expecting to open for the season on Thursday.
There was nothing but grass and mud at Ski Sundown in New Hartford on Thursday. But the rain over the last two days has been a good thing.
“We are ready to go,” said Chris Sullivan, who is the operations manager at Ski Sundown. “The only thing we can't control is the temperature.”
In the past, Ski Sundown opened their doors after Thanksgiving, but not this year.
Temperatures have been above average. Even this weekend, temperatures are supposed to hit 50 degrees.
“It's hit or miss. Every year is different,” Sullivan said. “It only takes a few days and the place will be covered and the trails will be open.”
But for avid skiers, they're ready to get out there as soon as possible.
“I've been going all last year. It's December and I just want to get out there!" Meghan Roberts said.
But before Roberts can hit the slopes, the snow guns at Ski Sundown need to get to work, but that depends on Mother Nature.
In order for the snow guns to do their job, crews need temperatures to be at least 25 degrees for a few days straight.
“This is something we have been through before,” Sullivan said. "And before we know it this will all be a memory and we will all be skiing and snowboarding and everything will be just fine.”
Most ski resorts in Connecticut are in the same boat. The goal is to open in mid- December.
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