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York's winter sports resorts stay active despite warm weather

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Marie Brown of Baltimore and her son Luke, 6, make their way to a lift at Roundtop Mountain Resort Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Marie was teaching her son to ski. The resort has 14 trails open and eight lifts operational in spite of warm winter weather.ÊBill Kalina photo

Despite unusually high temperatures, York County's winter recreation resorts are continuing to stay fully operational. 

With upgraded snow-making technology, workers at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road in Warrington Township, have been able to produce a larger quantity of snow during periods of warmth or rain, a spokeswoman said.

"Being a ski resort, we definitely don't want warm weather," said Haley Mowery of Roundtop. "We are really thankful for our new snow system. It's saved us a lot."

Temperatures for December were consistently in the 40s. On Friday, Jan. 3, they're expected to reach a high of 52 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Tanner Linker, 16, of Dover Township, walks to a lift at Roundtop Mountain Resort Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. The resort has 14 trails open and eight lifts operational in spite of warm winter weather. Bill Kalina photo

With 14 trails open and eight lifts operational, Mowery said Roundtop staff expected this type of weather and have planned to combat it accordingly. 

Increased snow gun coverage has allowed for more snow in different areas of the mountain. Additionally, several of Roundtop's ponds have been drained to provide for more man-made snow. 

"It works out when we have our rainy days too," Mowery said. 

Roundtop Mountain Resort's skiing and snowboarding is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Snow tubing hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

Skiers and snowboarders dot a trail at Roundtop Mountain Resort Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. The resort has 14 trails open and eight lifts operational in spite of warm winter weather. Bill Kalina photo

Tubing: AvalancheXpress, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., Springettsbury and York townships, opened last week with several lanes of snow tubing available. 

Despite warm weather, operations manager Shane Stell said the resort has enough snow to continue operations for winter activities such as snow tubing and ice skating. 

Justin Lyons of Lancaster chats with other snowboarders at the base of a trail at Roundtop Mountain Resort Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. The resort has 14 trails open and eight lifts operational in spite of warm winter weather. Bill Kalina photo

While only a few lanes of snow tubing are currently open, ice skating is in full swing. 

"We're trying to survive on what we have," Stell said. 

AvalancheXpress is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.