Snow king resort owners in New York City, one of the nation’s most snow-prone cities, say they love the season, even though they can’t make it to the parks and the lakes where snowmelt is most common.
The resort operators have seen their stock of winter gear drop, especially during the winter months.
And as temperatures plunge, many resort operators are worried about their business, said Michael L. Smith, who owns Snow King Resort in Brooklyn.
Smith said he would be reluctant to make the trip out to the mountains again this winter if it meant he couldn’t visit the resorts he loves, like Snow King in the Catskills and Snow King Park in Manhattan.
“I’m sure it’s very hard for us, but I don’t want to give in,” Smith said.
“If we don’t get our money’s worth out here, then we’re gonna have to go somewhere else.”
But he also said he understands why the resort operators might be cautious, because of the snowfall and the potential for the weather to change.
Smith has been selling his snow-making equipment at his company, the Mountain Equipment and Snowmaking, for more than a decade, but said it has become harder to find the equipment he needs.
“The price of the equipment has gone down, so you can’t find the products you need,” Smith, 59, said.
“It’s pretty difficult to get back to where we were 20 or 30 years ago.”
The New York snow-melt season is typically warm and sunny, but snow is also abundant in the fall.
Smith said he knows he will need to spend a lot of money to bring his equipment back to life, and that will be a financial blow.
Smith, who has spent nearly all of his money on equipment, has invested $50,000 in snow-removal equipment, including two snow shovels and a bucket of ice.
Smith owns Snow Kings on Lake Placid, in New Hampshire, and the park in the Bronx, which was the site of the first snow-melting event in the city.
He said he is not concerned about the cost of the gear he needs to restore his business.
“We have enough equipment,” Smith told the magazine.
“I’ll be able to continue doing business, so we’re not concerned.”
But some resort operators say that their winter equipment is in better shape than it was 20 years ago, when temperatures in New England were freezing cold and snow was common.
The resort operators also say that snowmobilers are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures to bring snow-resistant products to the resorts, and they say they are prepared for the possibility that some of their products might melt.
“That’s a possibility,” said Rob Fisk, the chief executive officer of The Summit Resort in New Jersey, which opened its ski and snowboarding center in June.
“The cold air is not as strong as it used to be.”
Fisk said his company has received requests from snowmobiles and snowmobile owners wanting to bring in their equipment, and has offered to install snow-proofing.
He also said that the snow-related snowfalls that occurred in New Haven, Connecticut, in December are an added concern for some of his resort owners.
The snow in New Hamphire, New Hampshire., in January 2016.
A snowfall of up to 1.4 feet was recorded, which is more than the amount of snow the city typically gets in a year, Fisk said.
But in some areas, the snow has been mild and mostly white, he said.
The New Hampshire snow-fighting industry has also suffered from a lack of snow since the snow melt season began in the early 1990s, Fisks said.
And snowmilling has fallen off for a variety of reasons, he added.
“All of the industry has really been hit hard,” Fisk told the New York magazine.
Fisk has been working on a new snow-cleaning system for The Summit that will remove snow and debris from ski trails and buildings, and will have a system that will collect the excess snow and then melt it back down to the ground.
Fischer’s company, Ice Cream Express, has been able to keep a foothold in New Britain, Connecticut since the 1990s and has been successful in its efforts to clear the area of snow, Fisch said.
He said that as snowmills have fallen, Ice Creme has also been able be able make money from the snow that accumulates in the snowmiles, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months.
The winter is usually mild, with temperatures ranging from 4 to 12 degrees below zero in Newburyport, Connecticut.
But temperatures are dropping quickly, and many resorts have been forced to cut back on their services.
The snow that falls at these resorts is a byproduct of the melting snow, which releases the trapped heat in the air.
The ski and winter recreation industry is on the brink of a dramatic shift