Weather Finally Gets Cold Enough For Paoli Peaks Ski Slopes

Paoli Peaks' business has been hit hard this year because of the warm weather.

While you may have enjoyed warm weather earlier this winter, one southern Indiana business is glad the cold has returned.

Director of Marketing and Administration Lauren Grenier says Paoli Peaks normally tries to open in mid-December, but El Nino conditions this season prevented temperatures getting cold enough to make artificial snow. And without snow, ski slopes cannot function.

“When you’re not open, we missed a few weeks there, so that did put a little hit on us,” he says. “We’re open now, we’ve got plenty of snow, and we’re doing good.”

Zach Polk traveled all the way from Jackson Tennessee today to hit the slopes. He and his friends started coming here last year, and they plan to visit again in February, weather permitting.

“Coming up here is really different,” he says, “because we’re from a city. Coming up here is like going to a farm. I really like it, because its really awesome to see trees and green, and we’re on this snowy little hill.”

Grenier says the peaks are usually open through mid-March for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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