Last week, due to the polar vortex, temperatures in Pocahontas County dipped to the negative side. Windchill temps were reported as low as 32 below zero on some nights and daytime temps clung to the negs in some areas and barely made it into the double digits in others.
With temperatures that low in “the valley,” what did that mean for those hitting the slopes at 4,848’ at Snowshoe Mountain Resort?
“I’d say we’re seeing some of the most determined skiers out there,” Director of Marketing David Dekema said. “In the early morning when the lifts are open, the crowd is a little bit slower to get out, but we’ve been very happy with the turn out this week. I’ll give them credit for being out there and finding a way to enjoy it.”
With the low temps and even lower windchill, the skiers are being smart by wearing multiple layers and ensuring that there is little to no exposed skin when they are in the elements.
“I haven’t seen more bundled up people in a while,” Dekema said. “They’re finding a way to deal with it.”
While Snowshoe thrives on cold weather, it’s been four or five years since the temperature has dipped this low. The resort is prepared for this kind of weather and hasn’t experienced any issues.
“If there are delays caused by ice on the chairlifts, it hasn’t really impacted guests in any significant way in term of operation,” Dekema said. “The cold temperatures do benefit us in terms of snowmaking. We’ve been making a lot of snow and still opening up new terrain on a daily basis which is a great thing.”
Safety is the main concern for all guests, and all skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to wear waterproof, sub temperature pants and coats, as well as gloves, scarves, hats and goggles.
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