OLD FORGE, NY - Winter enthusiasts can start to get excited.
McCauley Mountain began making snow Monday night. Town of Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer says businesses in Old Forge did well financially over the summer months, but he’s excited now that the weather is shifting.
"Right here at McCauley we’ve got a huge jump on the season. The recent cold temperatures have given us a big boost, and our snowmaking. The crews here have cranked up. They’re working 12 hour shifts when those temperatures provide the right conditions, and you can see we’re ready to go."
Mike might be a little too excited. The snowmaking has begun, but Mother Nature needs to provide a lot more snow before you can hit the slopes.
"We’re not ready to open yet, but we’re ready for that initial push, and we’re looking at within the next 3 weeks we hope to get the lifts turning and get people out here."
The tourists will come, but you might not see as many snowmobiles up north, as there’s a shortage of parts to complete even the newest of sleds.
"The supply chain problems. People have trouble… we saw this during the summer too. They have trouble getting equipment."
Groomers have been out getting the trails ready for months. They’re just hoping for the ground to freeze so they have a solid base to work with.
"It looks like this weekend could be that turning point. We’ve got the cold temperatures, we’re getting frost in the ground. Now a little bit of snow. Get that packed in so it’s a good firm ice base."
Those fortunate enough to have a working snowmobile to ride need to be patient, and pay attention to the Old Forge trail report.
"If they get on those trails in big numbers and tear them up, it takes that much longer to recover and get that base locked in."
This is a link to the Old Forge trails report: OldForgeNY.com