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The Suburbanite
  • Four Seasons: Ski resort forecast: Snow coming soon

  • OK, it’s been cold. When temperatures dip, skiers begin to dust off their equipment. They clear space in their vans and sports utility vehicles for skis and boots. Then, they wait.

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  • OK, it’s been cold. When temperatures dip, skiers begin to dust off their equipment. They clear space in their vans and sports utility vehicles for skis and boots.
    Then, they wait.
    The problem? No snow. And, according to a report in the “Notes from the GM” section of the website for Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts, none is being made at the ski areas yet because it hasn’t been cold enough for long enough.
    “When we kick off snowmaking for the season it’s best to have consistent temperatures below 28 for an extended period of time,” writes Vinnie Lewis, the general manager.  “What we’ve been seeing the past few days are temps near 28 for a few hours in the early morning. Basically it means we would be able to run around and turn the guns on, blow a few streaks of snow on the ground and run around turning everything off because the sun is out melting everything.”
    Eager skiers hate it when that happens.
    And, the National Weather Service is forecasting rain and temperatures high in the 40s or low in the 50s this  weekend. This is decidedly not snow-making weather.
    “The good news is when we do get started, and under ideal conditions, we can have our resort open in about four days,” writes the general manager. “It’s pretty impressive and it’s all because of a great snowmaking system and even better people operating them. So when you are out there making turns in a couple of weeks and you see a snowmaker, give them a hug, they work hard and deserve it!”
    If you are a skier, I can almost sense you are smiling. Memories of making turns on packed powder of the past will do that to you.
    As enthusiastic as skiers are,
    they can take reassurance from the fact that ski area general managers appear to be equally so, and also optimistic.
    “Keep an eye on that long term forecast. There’s a chance of temps turning in our favor around the middle of next week,” writes Lewis at the resorts’ website at www.bmbw.com/notes-gm.html, where skiers can keep checking for snow reports and opening date news.
    “We have all of our fan guns primed and ready to go,” Lewis promises, “so that you can be making turns as soon as Mother Nature starts to cooperate.”
    THE GREAT OUTDOORS
    Warm weather in December likely is viewed with appreciation by bicyclists.
    Stark County Bicycle Club continues to schedule several rides each week through the winter and no snow on the road surface diminishes greatly the difficulty to making cycling a four-season recreational sport.
    Page 2 of 2 - The club’s schedule includes rides of 21 and 25 miles at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Lake Community Park, as well as a 29-mile ride at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Park in Strasburg. Sunday rides are at 9:30 a.m. from Lake Avenue Trailhead (29 miles) and Massillon Lincoln Park (18 miles), and 1:30 p.m. from Lake Community Park (25 miles).
    GOOD TO KNOW
    According to Stark County Park District’s website — www.starkparks.com — the Towpath Trail between state Route 212 in Bethlehem Township and Craig Pittman Park in Navarre, the entire Mahoning Valley Trail in Alliance, and Whitacre-Greer Park in Waynesburg will be closed Dec. 15 and 16 and Jan. 5-8.
    DATE TO REMEMBER
    Hilltop Hikers club membership renewal dues of $10 per person or $15 per couple are due Jan. 1. Mail dues to Hilltop Hikers, P.O. Box 36802, Canton, OH, 44735. For membership information, visit http://hilltophikers.com.
    BY THE NUMBERS
    Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville in Lake Township has nine trails that are open to cross-country skiing in the winter.
    WORDS OF WISDOM
    “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir