EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) — Some ski resorts in the Northeast have had to scale back their hours due to the unusually warm temperatures and lack of snow, but not Yawgoo Valley.
Parts of Rhode Island experienced record-breaking high temperatures this week and snow-related activities may be far from people’s minds, but the Exeter destination is still going strong.
“We are still fully open,” Bryan Gardiner of Yawgoo said on Tuesday. “We have a pretty good snow base. Our snow is pretty resilient to the sun and the rain.”
Yawgoo has a good base now, but the warmest December on record really tore into the ski business. Colder weather in January gave them a boost and now they’re doing well, but Gardiner said business could be a bit better.
“People don’t see snow in their backyards, so they don’t think that we’re open,” he explained.
The ski resort can make their own snow and lots of it with their 14 snow guns. Natural snow does help a lot and just last weekend they got 8 to 10 inches of fresh powder, but that’s mostly gone now courtesy of the record warmth.
“The natural snow is great for the first couple days, but after that, the natural snow goes away,” said Gardiner. “The manmade stuff tends to stay a little bit better, it’s definitely more hardy.”
The ski resort can battle the warm temperatures by moving snow around with their snow groomer, but they will be in need of some cold air so they can make snow.
“Hopefully, we got some cold weather coming up this weekend, we can start blowing snow again,” Gardiner added.
The long-range outlook for February and the rest of winter calls for above-average temperatures, but some cold blasts and a few snowstorms are still quite possible.