Resorts count blessings with cold snap


February 19, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Jeff Paris, left, a "Lifty" (lift operator), and Dan Mullen, lift supervisor, clear the loading area of ice and snow in minus 13 degree weather on Wednesday morning at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Bessemer.


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IRONWOOD - Area ski hills are calling the recent extreme cold snap both a blessing and the third leg of a perfect storm of a crazy season.

The business adjustments for COVID-19, the low amount of snow, and around 10 days of below zero temperatures are a challenge for any resort, said Bruce Noren, co-owner and general manager of Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Ironwood Township. Yet, the season is going better than expected, he said.

The skiers are limited to the amount of time they can be inside the lodge due to pandemic requirements and ther...

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