SOUTHINGTON — Skiing at Mount Southington got off to a comfortable start in the new year as temperatures rose to the 50’s Tuesday morning.
“It’s a great mountain to ski...The kids really enjoy it, the atmosphere is phenomenal,” said Ian Dann, who was on the slopes for the seventh time this winter teaching his sons Liam, 4, and Conner, 6. “For us, it’s really about getting out and being together.
“It’s kind of nice that it’s a warm day. You don’t have to battle the cold temperatures,” he added.
Duane Bass, general manager and president of Mount Southington, said the balmy weather makes it ideal for younger children excited to race downhill, but not so thrilled with the cold.
The other side of the coin is that mild temperatures make some forget about winter sports.
“They’re outside playing football,” Bass said.
Because of the temperatures, snowmaking crews had to climb into their trucks to groom the snow later into the night than usual to make sure it was clear of bumps and divets.
“Would we like colder temperatures? Yes, but we still have good coverage,” said Office and Marketing Manager Brian McCloskey.
“Cold weather is always our friend,” Bass added.
This month, bands will play live at Mount Southington on Fridays and Saturdays and skiing from 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays is $20.
“The next few weeks should be busy,” McCloskey said.
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