Reporting Michael Rosenfield
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (CBS) – The temperatures have gone so far downhill even skiers are out of luck.
Wildcat in Pinkham Notch, is shut down through Thursday because of the frigid weather.
Wildcat says the temperatures and wind chill make it too unsafe for visitors and employees.
On its website, Wildcat says the forecast is for -48 degrees.
“Normally ski areas embrace cold weather,” said Karl Stone of Ski New Hampshire. “It’s very unusual to see an area close.”
But don’t put away the skis and snowboards just yet. So far all of the state’s other ski resorts are still open.
“I got 20 layers on,” said Maureen Cooper, who drove up to Cannon from Malden, Mass. “You can do about an hour, an hour fifteen minutes, and then go in and warm up.”
The plummeting temperatures have the midweek crowds down a bit at Cannon, which has reminders up to be careful in the deep freeze.
“We have signs at all the lifts,” said Greg Keeler, Cannon’s marketing director. “We’re advising people to check their buddies. If we see somebody who’s not dressed up properly we’re recommending that they cover up.”
Despite the bitter cold this week keeping some people away from the slopes, so far it has been a solid season for New Hampshire ski resorts.
Business is up 30% after a sluggish winter last year according to Ski New Hampshire.
“Certainly a huge factor for us is both getting snowfall at our ski areas as well as down in the Boston area just to get people motivated to ski,” said Stone.