Thanksgiving Skiing Huge Windfall For New Hampshire’s Economy
While many are struggling to adjust, some industries are booming.
Even if the recent temperatures haven't warmed you, you have to get a little warm inside for fellow New Hampshire residents thriving because of the early season. Skiing is booming, and this season is a rarity. Think of how many fall/winters go by where the first significant snowfall doesn't register until January. That's still 6 weeks away! When you only get an average of 13-14 weeks to make hay, tacking on a month is good for the local economy.
Tim Smith, president and general manager of Waterville Valley told WMUR. “I've never seen this type of snow for opening day, let alone on Thanksgiving. To have as much natural snow as we've had, it's been amazing.” “Mother Nature's definitely helping us out early on."
In total, more than a half dozen ski areas are currently open for business, and others will join shortly. Thanksgiving skiing was huge for Cannon Mountain. WMUR reported business was up 24% over last year. Cannon opened 30 trails and saw 4,200 skiers over the holiday weekend.
More snow tonight followed by colder temps continue the early season trend.