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The Suburbanite
  • Four Seasons: Poised for snowmaking, resorts wait for ski season

  • Snow Trails tried.

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  • Snow Trails tried. The Mansfield-area ski resort opened last weekend for eager skiers. But by Monday its website was carrying the words on its home page that the resort was “suspending operations this week.”
    “We were happy to see everyone out enjoying the slopes for opening weekend,” resort officials said via the website. “With the forecast for unseasonably warm temperatures this week, we will temporarily suspend operations and continue snowmaking whenever temps allow.”
    A neighboring ski area, Clear Fork Resort in Butler, didn’t quite get that far.
    “Due to the inconsistent temperatures our region is experiencing, we have delayed opening,” its website advises. “Keep checking the website and our Facebook page.”
    The general manager at Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resort, Vinnie Lewis, continues to explain to the public why a few hours of cold temperatures at night don’t necessarily mean an ideal atmosphere for making snow.
    “We want to make snow, it’s how we make a living,” he said in a Dec. 14 posting on the “Notes from the GM” page at www.bmbw.com. “But trust me when I say that our years of experience on these hills in particular, allow us to make the best decision on when to fire up the fan guns.”
    Lewis expressed appreciation for Northeast Ohio skiers “hanging in there with us,” then joked about how they could make a contribution to starting the season.
    “Do whatever you can to force winter upon us; snow dances, watch ’80s ski flicks, walk around the house in your ski boots and most importantly visualize all those great turns you’ll be making on the slopes. It will happen soon.”
    STOCKING STUFFERS
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources has some ideas for those stocking stuffers.
    •Ohio State Parks gift cards — Gift cards can be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cottage rentals, or accommodations at park lodges. They’re available in denominations of $5 or more and can be purchased online at ohiostateparks.org or by calling 866-644-6727.
    •Wildlife gift certificates — Certificates that can be redeemed for fishing and hunting licenses, turkey or deer hunting permits can be purchased in any amount at wildohio.com.
    • Wildlife Legacy Stamps — The fundraising collector stamps — 2012 depicts a salamander —can be purchased online or at any Division of Wildlife district office. Proceeds from the stamps fund wildlife diversity projects.
    SKIERS NEEDED
    Timken Ski Club trip in February to Holiday Valley and Holimont ski resorts in western New York still has openings.
    The trip, Feb. 6-8, carries a price of $260, which includes transportation and one-night lodging. The bus will leave from Timken Co.’s Faircrest  plant at 5 p.m. Feb. 6, ski Holimont Feb. 7, and ski at Holiday Feb. 8.
    Page 2 of 2 - Participants don’t need to be a member of the club, but to join visit www.timkenskiclub.com. Visit the website to sign up for the trip, as well.