Even in making their own snow, ski slopes relying on Mother Nature

“…..Wisp Resort in Garrett County is holding its official season opening Saturday, and while Whitetail Resort and other Pennsylvania resorts have opened sporadically so far, they hope to stay open for good starting Saturday — if the weather cooperates.

“It’s an industry that is a bit of a guessing game and a bit of a gamble,” said John McCracken, a spokesman for Wisp Resort. “Even though the meteorologists say one thing, it could do a totally different thing.”

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Area ski resorts open for winter season

Wisp, Seven Springs, Ski Roundtop, and Ski Liberty and Whitetail all opened Friday.

The people who run the ski resorts said the extreme cold and the combination of natural and man-made snow helps them create and maintain a solid snow base.

“The day after Thanksgiving is great for us, and we’ve done it two years in a row, so we’re really happy about that,” said Roundtop Mountain Resort spokesman Chris Dudding. “This probably happens once every five or six years, so having it happen two years in a row is great.”

The parking lot at Pennsylvania’s Ski Roundtop was packed Friday.


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