CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Last winter, Sam Ralston hit the slopes five days a week with his snowboard at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
“That’s all I do in the wintertime,” said the East Grand Rapids High School senior. “That’s when the grades really drop.”
This year, at least theoretically, his grades should be better. That’s because for the first time since 2011, it’s likely Cannonsburg won’t have a white Christmas.
“It’s kind of depressing to say the least- to see it all green,” Ralston said while standing at the base of Cannonsburg’s main run. “I was hoping that they’d already be blowing snow by now, but that’s not the case.”
Cannonsburg spokeswoman Alycia Choroszucha said she expects they will fire up the snow-makers Thursday night, though they’re not optimistic.
“We want to try, I mean at the very least we want to try,” Choroszucha said. “We know our guests are eager, our regulars are eager, our staff is eager.”
The forecast, though, is marginal for making snow. They need temperatures at 28 degrees or below.
“Our snow-makers are here 24 hours a day and if they say it’s cold enough, it’s dry enough, as far as I know right now, they’re going to try and test the snow guns and see if it’s sustainable,” she said.
But then, there’s next week. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s at the start of what should be the busiest part of the season.
“We’ve got some hope,” said Matt Proulx, assistant manager at the quiet Cannonsburg Ski Shop. “We know we do live in Michigan. [The] weather’s going to be here, snow’s going to be here; it’s a matter of when right now.”
In the meantime, workers at Cannonsburg are getting lonely.
“It’s not so much monetary,” Choroszucha said. “The hurt we’re feeling is more so on our attitudes. We’re all honestly sad at this point.”
And desperate enough on Wednesday for the staff to post video of their “snow dance” on Facebook.