Considering it is a winter sport, it should not be a big surprise that skiers and snowboarders are a really hearty bunch.  Having spent over a decade living in a ski resort town, I have seen people hit the slopes in all conditions.  From sunny, 45 degree days, to white-out blizzard conditions.

Apparently, there are some conditions that will cause a ski area to close.

According to WMTW, the extreme cold temperatures that we are expecting over the next few days, have forced at least one Maine ski area to close for at least part of the weekend.

Mount Abram in Greenwood has already announced that they are not going to be open on Saturday.

According to the WMTW article, a statement from the mountain said:

We never like to close for a day, but these temperatures pose a serious risk. In regard for customer and employee safety we feel this is the best decision for all

The resort has announced that, if you purchased tickets for Saturday in advance, you will be able to use them at a future date this season.

In addition to Mount Abram, several other ski areas are considering closing due to the temperatures.  Pleasant Mountain, formerly Shawnee Peak, is planning to be open this weekend, but a rep for the resort says they will keep an eye on the weather conditions as we near the weekend.

Jacek Dylag via Unsplash
Jacek Dylag via Unsplash

The article's author also checked in with Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire.  They intended to be open for the weekend.  However, they too said that they would be keeping an eye on conditions.

As of 5:30 PM on Wednesday, Wildcat Mountain was planning to be open.  Located across the street from Mount Washington, they had a very cold day forecasted for Saturday.  The expected high for the day is 4 degrees.  The low will be somewhere around -20 degrees!  So, if you are heading up to the kitty, BUNDLE UP!

King Pine in Madison, New Hampshire is also planning to be open.  Sunday River and Sugarloaf both appear to be planning to be open this weekend.  .

If you are going to ski or board this weekend, bundle up and use your best judgement.

In the time that I spent living in New Hampshire, I only saw the major ski areas close once.  Well, twice.  Once they closed because it was BRUTALLY cold.  The other time was due to wind.  It was just too dangerous to use the lifts.

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