"We have no idea about Mother Nature and what she's going to throw at us throughout the season," Pati Dewardener, General Manager at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area explains, every year is different.
"We don't only look at the temperature, we look at a lot of other things like humidity, the dew points, what direction the wind is coming from." The conditions need to be pretty specific for the resort to make any man-made snow, ideally below 28°.
The snow out there right now was actually made last week, so even with the warmer temperatures it stuck around. That's because man-made snow is actually four times more dense than natural snow, meaning it's going to stick around a lot longer.
The earlier start this year is good news for the pro shop as well. Sully Brownhill, manager at the shop said, "Sales in here have been a lot higher than they have been in the past few years, so people are happy about that, hopefully it continues."
In years past, the area has opened much later. That's something Pati worries about because she has so many seasonal employees. She says, "they expect to have a job, this is how they pay their Christmas bills."
With warmer temperatures this week, the snow makers aren't blowing out any snow but Yawgoo is hoping for some cooler weather and a little luck to open daily next week.