Perfect North has shorter than average season due to winter warmth, storms

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - For Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, you might say that this mild, wet winter has been a bear.

Perfect North operations manager Jonathan Davis said, "If we were going to recap this season or describe it in one word, I would use the word 'challenging.' We opened up right on our average opening of December 10th and looked pretty good through Christmas and January. Then we had our January thaw, which is not unusual in this area except in January it lasted 10 days instead of 3 days.

Perfect North capitalized on cold spells between mid January and February, but March coming in like a lion created this mess and put an end to the season.

"Whew! That was a surprise to us. That severe weather line that came through last week, we were expecting it; we had done some things to prepare for it. Our rain gauge almost measured three inches of rain during that time. It seems like the cells just trained on top of us. Our storm drains could keep up, the rain and mud came on top of the snow and right in front of the lodge. When that happens, it deposits a lot of debris. It washes out a lot of our snow. There's a lot more melting than we thought would happen during that," explained Davis.

Davis plans for year-to-year variability, but he wishes weather had let the season run a couple of weeks longer.

Davis said, "We've had 71 days of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, which is a little less than average, but we were hoping to get into mid-March like we normally do."

While the warmth earlier this winter slowed the business down and the rain that we had earlier this month was a show-stopper, Davis is optimistic because there's always next year.

"It seems like every 4 years when the Winter Olympics occurs, we get an extra boost of interest for skiing and snowboarding. We're looking to forward to that coinciding with some great weather, and we can rebound from this year very quickly," said Davis.

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