Ski resorts across NH are gearing up for the winter season

It’s mid-November in New Hampshire, which means all hands are on deck for many ski resorts. “Thank you to your snow guns, thank you to your snow groomers, thank you to the employees who are sort of behind the scenes because they’re the ones who really make it possible at this time of year,” said Jessyca Keller, President of Ski New Hampshire. Keller said while it’s been nice to have the recent warm spell, the cooling allows snow machines to create the winter wonderland that lasts several weeks,” Keller said. Snow machines are also launched at Cannon Mountain. “Everything is ramping up,” said John Devivo, general manager of Cannon Mountain. “As soon as we start making snow, everyone shifts into fifth gear.” He said the off-season work doesn’t let up. “Even though the state park operates year-round, ski area operations never really slow down,” Devivo said. “Our maintenance work really takes place during the other seven months of the year when we’re not actively operating the ski area.” Staff at Manchester’s McIntyre Ski Area are also keeping an eye on the colder temperatures. “As soon as we see that like the low 30s in our forecast, we’re out there, we’re on the hill and we’re putting as much snow as fast as we can,” said Alexandra Coakley, director of marketing at McIntyre Ski Area. According to Coakley, the resort expects thousands of visitors this year. She said that not only are they looking forward to skiing or snowboarding, but also to the tubing hill. “You show up and you go and you can go fast, really fast,” Coakley said. McIntyre Ski Resort plans to open in early December. But as in all ski resorts, this date is weather dependent.

It’s mid-November in New Hampshire, which means many ski resorts have their hands full.

“Thank your snow guns, thank your snow groomers, thank the employees who are kind of behind the scenes because they’re the ones who really make it possible at this time of year,” said Jessyca Keller, President of Ski New Hampshire.

Keller said while it was nice to have the recent warm spell, the cooling allows snow machines to create the winter wonderland.

“Temperatures look like they’re going to get a little chilly, but what we need is for that to continue for several more weeks,” Keller said.

Snow machines are also lit on Cannon Mountain.

“Everything is ramping up,” said John Devivo, general manager of Cannon Mountain. “As soon as we start making snow, everyone shifts into fifth gear.”

He said the off-season work doesn’t let up.

“Although the state park operates year-round, ski resort operations never really slow down,” Devivo said. “Our actual maintenance work takes place during the other seven months of the year when we are not actively operating the ski resort.”

The staff at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester are also keeping an eye on the colder temperatures.

“As soon as we see that in our forecast like low 30s, we’re out there, we’re on the hill and we’re making as much snow as we can as quickly as possible,” said Alexandra Coakley, director of marketing at McIntyre Ski Area.

According to Coakley, the resort expects thousands of visitors this year. She said they were not only looking forward to skiing or snowboarding, but also to the tubing hill.

“You show up and you go and you can go fast, really fast,” Coakley said.

McIntyre Ski Resort plans to open in early December. But as in all ski resorts, this date is weather dependent.

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