All eyes are on the sky in the Southern Tier, where skiers will be hitting the slopes as early as this weekend.
Holiday Valley in Ellicottville will open five slopes and four lifts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, said Jane Eshbaugh, resort spokewoman.
“It’s still snowing,” Eshbaugh said Friday morning. “We’ve had 15 inches since Thursday, and we have started making snow on 14 different trails. Tomorrow, we’ll open at least five trails. As soon as possible more slopes will open.”
Eshbaugh described a packed base with a packed power surface, “but if it keeps on snowing there could be powder on top of that,” she said.
Thirty inches of natural snow have fallen to date at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, which was open for two days over Thanksgiving weekend, Eshbaugh said.
Kissing Bridge in Glenwood remains closed but snow-making operations were underway, the website stated. "Guns are alive and roaring," the website said. A Dec. 16 open is expected.
Buffalo Ski Club in Colden started making snow Friday, said a post on its website.
Swain announced a Dec. 17 opening pending weather conditions.
Holimont Ski Club in Ellicottville is ramped up its snow making with a target opening date of Dec. 16 or 17, said Greg Culver, marketing manager.
"Typically with temperature, anything under 27 degrees is ideal," Culver said. "As it gets colder we can maximize our snow making activity."
"If we get a solid week of favorable temps, we can almost cover all 52 of our trails," said Culver, who added that Holimont will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.