Warm temperatures have people looking for snow elsewhere

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — During a mild December, the sounds of the ski season can still be heard inside ski shops.

As people were buying some new gear at Valleywood Ski and Snowboard, it left them wondering when they might be able to get a chance to try them on the slopes.

“I don’t want to have to wait too long,” said Todd Bowman.

Unfortunately, temperatures will continue to remain in fifties and potentially break record highs.

For Bowman, he wanted to make sure his daughter was prepared for whenever the snow finally comes.

“It’s not like she’s in a depression but she’s excited to get back out there,” said Bowman.

Some people, however, were not willing to wait.

There’s a group of people looking for the snow which has kept employees at Valleywood busy during a mild winter.

“We chase the people which ever way they are going,” said Susan Staley at Valleywood Ski and Snowboard. “So if they are going West, we sell skis for the big mountains. If they are going around here, we sell more intermediate to beginner level skis.”

It has already been a slow start for ski resorts like Mad River Mountain in Logan County.

The snow machines were hard at work over the weekend after temperatures dropped in the twenties.

But with another warm-up heading into the Miami Valley, it just means the local crowds will have a wait a little longer.

“They’re still fairly steady because they know it’s coming,” said Staley. “What it does is it just pushes demand back into January.”

Until then, those craving some fresh powder are looking elsewhere to find it.

“I actually was considering that today because I was looking at the national forecast,” said Bowman. “They were showing a little bit west it’s supposed to be a lot cooler.”

Even with high temperatures, Mad River Mountain announced it will still have the annual Louie Vito Rail Jam on December 26.

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