Shanty Creek overcomes restrictions, slow start to winter

Chris Dobrowolski

REGION — The area’s downhill skiing season got off to a slow start with the lack of snow and warmer temperatures well into the month of December.

But now, more than a month after opening the slopes, Shanty Creek Resort is in its usual midwinter groove, even though this has been the most unusual year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unseasonable weather.

“Conditions are actually really, really good,” said Steve Kershner, Shanty Creek’s Director of Snowsports. “We did get some natural snow a week ago. We fired up snow guns the Monday night of Martin Luther King Day and had a really good few days of snowmaking to finish things off. Then we had some natural snow that week also. Everywhere is 100 percent open. Tubing park is open. Cross country trails are open. They’re really, really thin but I’ve been out skiing just about every night. It’s very skiable but there’s no margin for error. It wouldn’t take much to make them not real skiable.”

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