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No worries yet at Ski Roundtop, even with temps in the 60s

Sean Philip Cotter
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So far, the weather has been too flaky for Ski Roundtop to start covering the ground in man-made snow, especially considering local temperatures are expected to be in the 60s this weekend.

In this file photo, Roundtop Mountain Resort employee Jon Sprenkle points a snow-making nozzle at the ski area Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

But it's not that weird, said Sam Krepps, the marketing and events coordinator at the Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry — sometimes the snow-making machines don't come out until after New Year's Eve, he said.

The resort needs to wait for temperatures to sink a bit lower for it to make sense to start making snow. But the National Weather Service predicts every day over the next week will see temperatures above 50 degrees, so it doesn't look like that'll be changing soon.

The temperatures will reach the low 60s over the weekend, according to the service.

Ideally, Ski Roundtop is looking for "a nice stretch of three or four days" during which temperatures on the slopes at 925 Roundtop Road sit below freezing, Krepps said. "Then we really start to bury the entire mountain."

They fire up the snow guns, of which a good few are new this year, which coat the ground with man-made powder, he said, adding, "the setting can really change quickly over here."

Last year, the resort started making snow on Nov. 18, and skiers were making tracks well before its annual New Year's Eve celebration.

New Year's: The site has a different routine planned for Dec. 31 this year. In the past, Krepps said, they have had fireworks at midnight, kicking off the new year.

But the issue with that, he said, is that skiing has had to stop for a little while leading up to and through the fireworks. So they've put the fireworks show off until later in January, and they have other festivities planned for New Year's Eve.

That will include packing an Ogo ball — one of those big inflatable balls people can climb into and roll down hills or around in water in — with LEDs, picking it up with a crane and dropping it as the clock strikes midnight.

And that means they won't have to take anyone off the slopes.

"People can ski right up until midnight," he said.

Assuming it's a little cooler by that point, of course.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.