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Storm may not be good news for ski areas

Warm weather has stalled early snowmaking

Phillip LaHart, 17, un hooks a snow making machine from a trail groomer at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Phillip LaHart, 17, un hooks a snow making machine from a trail groomer at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam Tuesday.
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Several inches of fresh, natural snow is great for skiing but doesn't always cut it for area ski resorts hoping to lay down a base for the winter. December's balmy temperatures have left many smaller local ski areas without much base. That means some are still trying to produce enough manmade snow to open primary trails, even as a massive storm is poised to dump upwards of 8 inches on parts of the Capital Region. ...


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