Opening in mid-December, they’ve already surpassed a landmark. “We all know we didn’t get a lot of snow last year, and this year, the end of December we’ve gotten more snow last year than we got last year, total,” said Dave Fraser, Blandford’s Marketing Director.
He says they are able to produce their own snow in case of a mild winter, which affects business.
“You do notice the difference. there’s the old adage that says ‘if you don’t see snow in your backyard, you don’t think there’s snow up on the mountain.’ and unfortunately that’s a tough nut to crack. We were open for about 60 days last season despite the lack of snow, and this year it’s just turning out great so far,” Fraser adds.
In the over 75 years that Blandford has been around, Fraser says he’s noticed a new trend in the last 10, particularly with young people.
“Skiing’s no fun. You’ve got to worry about two things. With a snowboard, you’re just one board. It’s a lot more fun I think. But I’ve never skied so i couldn’t tell you,” Michael Canty chuckled.
“I’d rather snowboard, I feel like it’s more fun, I, mean, because I don’t have a lot of balance, so I probably couldn’t control two things at once,” joked Haley Lyne. “I don’t know. I just don’t like it. Because I used to skateboard, I like snowboarding better,” admitted Youssef Elghorf.
No matter which you prefer, skiing vs. snowboarding, at Blandford, one feeling is pretty universal. “You see the people pulling out with smiles on their faces, they get out, head to the slopes, and it’s just, this is what skiing is,” Fraser beamed.
Employees at Blanford Ski Area say their season typically lasts through March.