Massanutten Coping With Severe Cold

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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MASSANUTTEN, Va. (WHSV) -- After a booming Christmas season, Massanutten Resort is slowing down, especially with the cold temperatures.

The cold didn't phase vacationer Kate Fontaine, "I didn't think it was that bad. My boyfriend is sitting in the car because his feet got too cold."

She prepared by wearing plenty of layers, but that didn't protect everything.

"Coldness wise, my face is like freezing off," said Fontaine.

Kenny Hess works on the ski slopes at Massanutten and admitted that temperatures are slowing down business.

"The cold weather definitely keeps some people inside, that's understandable," said Hess.

However, it may help Massanutten in the long run.

"We're taking advantage of the cold weather to build up the snow banks for the rest of the season," said Hess.

Making snow Monday night with already negative wind chills was something that made skiers like Fontaine miserable.

"Yesterday was really rough, like stinging wind, snow was blowing all over the place. We ended up ending skiing early because of that," said Fontaine.

Hess says windchill doesn't matter unless you have exposed skin, like your hands or my face.

When going down the tubing hill at anywhere between 15 to 20 miles per hour at 5 degrees, exposed skin will feel like 10 below zero.

"It's not the end of the world to be below zero. We've done it before and we'll do it again," said Hess.

"I think as long as you have the right clothes on and you plan ahead, it's probably never too cold for winter activities," said Fontaine.

Hess said that the warm up at the end of the week and over the weekend will to help pick business back up and he is not too concerned about the past few days.


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