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Ski Sundown Enthusiastically Welcomes Skiers and Snowboarders

January 8, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD/CANTON – It might have been the latest opening in the Ski Sundown’s history, but owner Robert Switzgable was thrilled to welcome skiers and snowboarders Friday.

“This is the latest we’ve opened but we’re open with 10 trails and we’re really happy to be open and just are looking forward to a good season and to this being a faded memory,” he said.

Having been ready to go since Thanksgiving, the mountain had a little down time over the past several weeks and launched Operation WTF (where’s the fun, of course), a social media campaign that included a popular spoof on Adele’s Hello.

“Well we had nothing else to do,” Switzgable joked on Friday. “We were trying to make fun of it. We’ve been ready since Thanksgiving and finally Mother Nature came around and gave us some cold weather. Every year is different and we’re optimistic that this is going to turn into a good year.”

Canton native Francis Marfyak Jr. came out to the mountain on Friday.

“It’s just been my backyard ski hill since I was a kid,” said Marfyak, now of Burlington. “I’m real excited that it finally opened today.”

A skier catches some air at Ski Sundown on Friday. Photo by John Fitts

A skier catches some air at Ski Sundown on Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

Tom Rubino, of Collinsville, was also thrilled to hit the slopes.

“It’s a month late but it’s better late than never,” he said.

Rick Shane, of Avon, also said it was “nice to be out,” but wasn’t totally disappointed with this year’s delay of the cold weather.

“We were able to play golf up until last week so it’s fine,” he said.

Ski Sundown is at 126 Ratlum Road in New Hartford.

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