CLYMER, N.Y. - Snow is in the forecast this weekend and many local ski areas are getting ready for the ski season.
"Right now we are finishing up our testing of the ski lifts...doing all our testing of our skis in the rental shop," said Brad Gravink, the Director of Operations at Peek'n Peak in Chautauqua County.
Gravink says final preparations are underway there for the start of the season, and that even though early December is when the ski resort in Clymer, N.Y. usually opens for the season, there are many years they open sooner.
"Put about 10 thousand feet of new snow making pipe in this year...we just closed the golf course and the adventure course...and now it's time to ski," Gravink said. "It's usually around the 8th, 9th of December, opened as early as the day after Thanksgiving...having everything done and ready to go by Thanksgiving is our goal."
And other ski areas, like Holimont in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County, is also finishing up preparations for the ski season. The general manager there says Holimont usually opens in the first or second week in December. And the ski area has some new additions this year including 21 new snowguns.
And Holiday Valley, also in Ellicottville, is getting ready to potentially open in just a couple weeks. The public relations manager says they always target the day after Thanksgiving to open the ski area at Holiday Valley, weather permitting. And could start making snow there as early as next week with the colder air sticking around. It has a new conveyor lift in the beginner's area, and installing 107 new energy efficient snowguns.
Cockaigne Resort will not open this winter. They say their focus will shift to the competition of their lodge and serving the community with a place to stop for food, drinks and for a family-friendly atmosphere. The resort posted a statement on their Facebook page and website saying: "Despite a lot of hard work and investment, we are not able to get slope lighting and lifts operational. There have been many people involved to this point, however, the scope of work that needs to be done on the slopes has grown significantly and is beyond the point that we can complete prior to this season."
For details on Buffalo Ski Club and Kissing Bridge, see the links below.