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Big snow storm means big business for local ski areas

ROTTERDAM -- Ski areas around the region received an early Christmas gift this year, a nice helping of snow. Maple Ski Ridge tells us they've opened earlier this year than ever before....and they're predicting this season will be one of their best yet.

"I'm expecting some great great stuff for this season. It's wonderful to have winter coming at the right time finally. It's really good to get it early," says Christina Anderson, Co-Director of Schenectady Ski School.

It's not just the snow but the cold temperatures they need. Maple Ski Ridge can make their own snow if mother nature doesn't deliver, but they need the temperatures to stay low, which they didn't the past few years.

"Snow making does require some colder weather, so there has been some years where we haven't been to open until after Christmas, and this year is looking to be a nice strong start," says Volunteer Ski Patrol Director, Jesse Holland. 

"Whether it's four inches of six inches, or eight inches, if it's in their yard they'll think about skiing and snow boarding. If it's not in their yard, even though we've got great snow making here and great grooming here, they don't think about coming out," Anderson adds. 

It's freshly fallen powder snow that has skiers and snow boarders from around the region flocking to places like Maple Ski Ridge and for them it means big business.

"It's very soft it's a floaty feeling that sometimes you don't get with other types of snow," says Anderson.

"It's nice to have powder to ski in and the conditions here are always great but when you get a fresh dump of snow it's always extra exciting," says Holland.

Ski lessons start up in January, it's then that we're told most will come out.