The landscape of the Ohio Valley is not typical for late December. The slopes at Oglebay are bare and the lifts are empty. The warm winter weather has some local business owners asking, when will winter come?
Rico Coville who works at the Oglebay ski lodge doesn’t like looking out the window to green hills.
“We have been unable to make snow at all this year and get open. We’d really like to have been open for the school break while the kids are at home for Christmas holiday,” said Rico Coville director of golf and skiing at Oglebay.
Tom Andrews is a manager at Kennedy Hardware has slowed business down a little, but, the warm weather has not stopped shoppers from buying cold weather supplies.
“Salt, shovels still the normal things, they know that we’re going to get it soon and they know that the winter is coming. I think they’re getting ready and being prepared,” said Tom Andrews.
Both agree, the warm weather has helped their businesses in some ways.
“For the golfers rather, they have enjoyed the extra warmth weather. Last week it was really good when it was in the 60s we had a nice little crowd down at Crispin for a few days,” said Coville.
“So, for what the winter has taken, it has given to the contractor business and people doing home projects and everything else,” said Andrews.
It has been a harder season than past years for those selling winter items. Tom suggests to buy salt, shovels, and ice scrapers now to beat crowds when the cold weather hits.The ski lodge at Oglebay is hoping those temperatures come sooner rather than later.
“As you look at the weather, about the middle of January we might be able to get some snow made and get our facilities open,” said Coville.
In the meantime, Coville says that Oglebay has many activities your family can take part in besides skiing. Hiking and walking trails, the Good Zoo, as well as the Festival of Lights until Jan. 3, are all open.